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Warm Up With Soup

November 1, 2011

As it was snowing in Pennsylvania this past weekend, I couldn’t help feeling pretty smug.  After all, during the past two years, we’d suffered through scenes like this:

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…as early as October ourselves.  And now we’re enjoying 68 degree sunny days, and cool, crisp mornings and evenings.  It’s cold enough to feel like fall, but still warm enough that Ryan and I are eating lunch outside, followed by long naps on a blanket in the grass (okay, that’s just me and Baxter.  We do love a good mid-day nap). 

And so, like all moments of smugness do, my own came back to bite me in the ass when we discovered upon returning home from Louisiana that our heat was out and our house was a chilly 50 degrees.  Damn karma.  The heating guy couldn’t come until this morning, so it was a pretty cold Halloween for us.  We snuggled under blankets with a scary movie, warmed by the heat of our dogs…and this soup:

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Eat Your Veggies Turkey Soup


1 onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped

1 pound ground lean turkey

2 tbsp. tomato paste

garlic salt and pepper to season

1 32 oz. can diced tomatoes

4 cups vegetable or chicken stock

Optional vegetable add-ins: broccoli, carrots, zucchini, corn, peas, lima beans, green beans, cauliflower, potatoes, kale…pretty much anything you want!


Saute onion and garlic in olive oil for about 5 minutes.  Add turkey and begin to break up meat with the back of a wooden spoon.  Cook for another 10 minutes, until turkey is beginning to brown.  Add salt and pepper, tomato paste, tomatoes, broth, and veggies.  Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, then reduce heat to a simmer.  Simmer for at least 30 minutes, and up to 2 hours. 


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Mmmm…the perfect meal for a cold night.  And it makes a ton—we’re having it again tonight! This soup is also perfect for detoxing a little bit before the big, food-filled holiday months ahead—tons of veggies and lean protein, and not much else!

Enjoy your Tuesday! 

14 Comments leave one →
  1. November 1, 2011 7:03 pm

    We have the same fantastic weather here right now too. Love it – got to enjoy a picnic lunch yesterday. I haven’t made a veggie soup yet, love being able to get in practically all your veggies for the day in one meal 😉

  2. November 1, 2011 7:12 pm

    I was not jealous of the East Coast snow either. I do miss the Fall season, but not the snow 🙂

  3. November 1, 2011 7:21 pm

    That soup looks freaking awesome! I just love soup on a cold (or warm ;)) day! My sister lives in MA and they’ve had no power for two days. Ugh…

  4. Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog permalink
    November 1, 2011 8:13 pm

    The soup look delicious!!! 🙂

  5. November 1, 2011 8:38 pm

    I feel so sorry for people on the East Coast right now…especially the ones without power. Brrrr! But I am a little pissed that we had the hottest summer in like a bazillion years AND we are still in the high 80’s/low 90’s in NOVEMEBER! I just want some cool weather…like 70 would be fine. C’mon Mother Nature….work with me!

    • November 1, 2011 9:05 pm

      It’s true– I feel like no matter WHERE you live these days, you have to contend with SOME sort of awful weather extreme. Sigh.

  6. Ginger635 permalink
    November 1, 2011 10:31 pm

    Where are the dogs’ costumes?!? (that soup does look delicious)

  7. November 2, 2011 12:39 am

    I love, love, love veggie soup! Sounds like the perfect way to warm up! I hope your heat gets fixed soon!

  8. November 2, 2011 1:02 am

    The soup looks great and love the leftovers that come with it. MAKE TONS of things LIKE this and freeze in individual or 2-serving portions for after your baby comes. You will thank yourself!

  9. November 2, 2011 2:22 am

    Looks tasty! I live outside of Philly and people I know still don’t have their power back from the storm. On the flip side, I ate lunch outside today as well, it was almost 60, the sun was warm, and after having temperatures in the 20s this weekend it felt pretty warm!

  10. November 2, 2011 10:50 am

    Oh yuck, a 50 degree house doesn’t sound like fun! The soup sounds awesome though. I have been eating a lot of soup lately, and mainly with turkey or chicken. It’s just the perfect food for fall and winter (even yesterday when it was 60 degrees out!).

  11. November 2, 2011 4:03 pm

    That first winter pic is stunning….but I prefer the warmer temps. However, I would take snow over rain any day!!! The turkey soup looks delicious!

  12. November 5, 2011 2:45 pm

    Do you think you could sub turkey leftovers? This looks like a yummy way to use those up!

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