Vegetable & Turkey Soup (Aka The Best Way to Fight a Cold)

Let's call this, Defense.  In the event you feel a cold coming on, dump every vegetable you have into a pot, add some protein, chicken broth, and herbs and fight back. 



Serves 4 - 6

  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups any mixed vegetables, chopped (shown here red and orange bell pepper, and zucchini)
  • 1 can beans, rinsed (shown here pinto beans)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 TSP cumin
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lime


In a large pot heat 1 TBSP olive oil.  Add onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add carrots, celery, tomatoes, garlic, and mixed vegetables.  Season with salt and pepper.  Saute another 10 minutes until soft.  Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer with the lid slightly open.  

In a separate large saute pan heat 1 TBSP olive oil.  Add ground turkey.  Season with salt and pepper and cook breaking it into small pieces until done (you'll know it's done when it's not pink at all anymore).  Add half the cilantro and the cumin, mix together with the turkey. 

Once the broth is simmering, use a slotted spoon to add the turkey mixture to the soup pot (letting the grease remain in the pan).  Add the beans.  Mix together and let simmer to combine for about 10 minutes.

Serve with remaining cilantro and lime juice on top.