Really crazy day. So, I created a soup concoction with no name and even fewer calories. 🙂 My low cal comfort soup was nothing more than just what was on hand and a few spices. It created such an uproar at my house, my kid told me “Mom, blog about it so you won’t forget how you did it!”
So I did. First, back to my day. It was nuts!
Have you ever had one of those days where one phone call led to troubling news? Then you get another crazy phone call that leads to more bad news? Thank God, everything is OK (or at least manageable) but the day indeed took a toll. Comfort food….that’s what I needed!
Yes, I needed something warm, yummy and reassuring.
But, my hips screamed I’d received a little too “comfort” in the weeks previous. So, I had to adapt my “comfort” to something low-cal or low-carb.
I decided on a soup. Not much was in my pantry nor my fridge, so I had to be creative.
All I had was:
1 can of cannelloni beans
A can of diced tomatoes
Some beef bouillon and a small tub of broth (I used about 2 and a half tablespoons of the powered bouillon)
1 onion (chopped)
1 bell pepper (chopped)
4 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 package of Steamfresh® Protein Blends (Italian Style) find these in the frozen vegetables aisle
2 lbs ground turkey
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper…I use sea salt
I put a little bit of canola oil (2 tablespoons) into my Dutch oven. Then I added the chopped veggies. I lightly seasoned them because I like to add flavor in layers.
I sautéd the veggies as is my custom. I gave the onions and the peppers a little stir and then I added the garlic. When it softened, I remove them from the heat. It usually takes only about five minutes.
I added my ground turkey to the Dutch oven. I broke up the pieces while it browned. I seasoned it with a little bit of salt and a little bit of pepper.
Once the ground turkey was brown, I tossed in my veggies. Then I added the diced tomatoes and the beans. I sprinkled a little basil… just for another level of flavor.
At this point, I boiled about 4 cups of water in a pot and added my bouillon and a pod of the broth. I gave it a little stir and then added it to the rest of the items in my Dutch oven.
It was already smelling REALLY good. At this point, I added the protein pack. You’re going to love this. It has beans, spinach, all kinds of yumminess! I add a tad of sugar to everything because that’s what Sweetie Pie’s Robbie Montgomery does. She said her mom taught her to “add a little sugar to everything to take the edge off”. 😀. Not sure what “edge” she meant, but if it was good enough for her, it’s good enough for me.
I dropped in a bay leaf and that was it.