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Southwestern Turkey Soup

May 16, 2014

Yesterday, after the 85 degree weather we’ve been having, I headed out to run errands/go to the gym with Lila in her tutu (asserting independence is a wonderful thing):

Photo: We're ready for pretty awesome day over here.

…only to discover that it was about 60 degrees outside.  Oops. 

We’re supposed to be back up to 80 by Monday, so right now, we’re enjoying this little cold snap.  Around noon, I threw together some soup for dinner:

Southwestern Turkey Soup

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 green pepper, chopped

1 package lean ground turkey (1.25 pounds)

1 can diced green chilies

1 tbsp. cumin

2 cans Rotel diced tomatoes (I used the lime and cilantro kind, which you can find with the rest of the canned tomatoes)

juice of 1 lime

2 cans great Northern beans, drained and rinsed

4-5 cups chicken broth


Heat olive oil in a large soup pot.  Add onion and green pepper and cook for about 10 minutes, until starting to soften.  Add turkey and cook for 10 minutes, breaking up the turkey with the back of a wooden spoon.  Add chilies, cumin, tomatoes, beans and lime.  Cook for another 5 minutes.  Add chicken broth and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Cover and cook for another 30-45 minutes.

*note—I didn’t add any salt because I used full-sodium tomatoes and chicken broth; if you use reduced sodium, I’d add salt to taste.

Garnish with cheddar cheese, cilantro, greek yogurt or sour cream, avocado, and tortilla chips.


Super easy.

Then, when Lila woke up from her nap, we headed out to our first farmer’s market of the season.  Huntsville has a lot of different farmer’s markets on different days, but one of our favorites is the Greene Street Market on Thursday afternoons.  Once a month, it coincides with an art stroll downtown…which happened to be yesterday!  We picked up tomatoes, strawberries, sweet potatoes, broccoli, and spinach at the farmer’s market.  Then, we strolled around downtown, looking at art and picking up a cake pop from our friend Liz who just started her own baked goods company:

Lila was a fan.

I also bought a beautiful octopus bowl, which I enjoyed my soup from when we returned home that evening:


Isn’t it pretty?  Whenever we go to art festivals, I always admire the pottery but never buy any.  It was fun to give in and get a little something.  Plus, for the rest of the day, Lila was shouting “Ockopus! Ockopus!”  You’re welcome, art strollers.

We’re headed to Little Gym open play today, and then having a friend over for dinner tonight.  Gotta decide what to make!

Happy Friday!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Patti permalink
    May 16, 2014 3:24 pm

    Sounds like a perfect day. We have been using ground turkey a lot more also and it sounds good with all the flavors in this soup. Enjoy the weekend.

  2. May 16, 2014 4:34 pm

    Josh and I watched her let it go dance last night and I almost peed myself. So cute. The soup looks SO good. Especially with all the add ins. I want to go to the farmers market this weekend

  3. ginger635 permalink
    May 17, 2014 12:12 pm

    That soup looks delicious. I saw a similar recipe, using chicken breasts, and using a crock pot for busy days. I’ve been using ground turkey more and more lately. It’s so versatile and good. I like your new octopus bowl, too.

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