"heart Healthy" Turkey Vegetable Soup

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Total Time
2hrs
Prep
1 hr
Cook
1 hr

I'm optimistically calling this this heart healthy. We'll have to see what the "nutritional breakdown-o-meter" says about it. Regardless what it says, I think this is still a lot healthier than anything that comes out of a can. I have hit the fat wall and after a couple of wake up calls about my weight, this is one of my first "healthy" creations that I hope will result in less of me. Oh, this also tastes great and even my 7 year old asked for seconds. I used home made turkey stock, but I'm not going to post a recipe because it's pretty much like everyone elses. My stock had a lot of collagen and gelled nicely when chilled, which I think adds a lot to the quality of the soup. I have no doubts that if you use a good quality, low sodium, fat free store bought chicken stock, you'll have good results. You'll see I took several short cuts but they don't take away from the flavor or the health aspects. The cooking time is an estimate.

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Ingredients

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Directions

  1. In a large stock pot, bring the turkey stock to a boil.
  2. Add the carrots, celery, onion, garlic and the 1/2 cup white wine.
  3. Add the kosher salt, pepper, thyme and summer savory. Let this simmer over medium heat.
  4. Add both frozen mixed vegetables to the pot. Continue to let the soup simmer.
  5. Add the chopped parsley.
  6. Dice all the turkey (or chicken) meat in to half inch cubes.
  7. Toss the meat in a bowl with the seasoning salt and the olive oil.
  8. Heat a non stick skillet over high heat.
  9. Cook the meat in small batches. We're just looking for a good sear and some color, not it to be completely cooked.
  10. As the meat gets browned, dump it in the soup.
  11. When all the meat is browned, de-glaze the pan with the 1/4 cup white wine. Scrape all the bits off the pan and pour everything into the pot.
  12. Let the soup simmer over a medium low heat until the meat is cooked completely and all the vegetables are tender.
  13. Just before service add the basil chiffonade.
  14. I like to add a spoonful of fat free sour cream to my bowl. I find it adds a little extra richness and cuts some of the sweetness that comes from the veggies and the herbs.