Protein-Packed Italian Soup

Hi everyone!

I’m at my parents’ house, relaxing and enjoying just being at home (while my laundry is washing).  No matter how old you get, it feels so good to be home, doesn’t it?  Plus, the laundry is free here!

Last night my sister Kristen had some friends over to watch Jersey Shore and we made “Snookie Monsters”, which are ice cream sandwiches based on a dessert from the resturaunt Tully’s.  I’ll blog that tomorrow–but be prepared–it is not a healthy recipe.  But they are delicious!

Last week I made Fritz a big pot o’ soup to help fortify him for long hours of studying (he has a test and a quiz today–good luck dental students!).  He said he’s been feeling tired lately, and we decided to take a look at our diet and make sure we are really getting enough veggies and the right kind of proteins.

And this soup was born.

Protein-Packed Italian Soup

  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic. finely minced
  • 3/4 lb ground turkey
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 C cooked red kidney beans
  • 1/2 C cooked lima beans
  • 1/2 C spinach (I used frozen leaf spinach)
  • 1/3 C red quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 T olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 T Italian herb mix, or you could use oregano, basil, and parsley if you don’t have a mix sitting around
  • 4 C beef, chicken, or vegetable broth

No picture of the ingredients, but you can use your imagination!  I used dried beans, and soaked and started cooking them before I started the rest of the soup.  They finished with the rest of the soup.

Brown the onion and garlic in 1 T olive oil, then add the ground turkey and cook thoroughly.  Add the rest of the ingredients and combine.  Cover with the broth, adding extra water if necessary to cover the ingredients and bring to a boil. 

Now would also be a good time for your husband and sous chef to wander over and check out whats happenin’.

Reduce to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes to an hour until beans and quinoa are fully cooked.

Add salt and pepper to taste–and then get ready to feel amazing.  The protein and veggies packed into your bowl is a perfect lunchtime pick-me-up for the next day.

 Plus, you need all the protein you can get when your car looks like this:

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