Thursday, January 23, 2014

Put the soup on . . . it’s Supper Club Time

Our Full Moon Supper Club continues to meet monthly on or near the full moon and our January hostess had a bountiful idea—everyone bring a crock pot of soup plus containers to take home leftovers. What an easy and long-lasting meal that turned out to be!

We had a good variety of soups to choose from: tomato and quinoa, Portuguese kale and sausage, cheesy tortellini, white bean, potato and my Mexican turkey and bean. Add bread and dessert and you have a meal for many, or a meal for the seven of us who attended then took home leftovers.

I would love to see your favorite soup recipe, so feel free to post it in the comments section. I won’t say the one I’m posting is my favorite (I have lots of favorite soups), but it’s a filling choice when there’s leftover turkey in the freezer and you have dry beans you want to use. I’ve only slightly varied this recipe from the original version I clipped out of Cooking Light magazine years ago.

Mexican Turkey and Bean Soup

1 tsp. olive oil
½ C chopped onion
1 C coarsely chopped cooked turkey
1 ½ tsp. ground cumin
¼ tsp. garlic powder (or added chopped garlic)
1/8 tsp. red pepper or hot pepper sauce
16 oz. cooked navy beans (if using canned, rinse them)
15 oz. cooked chickpeas (garbanzos, and again, if using canned, rinse them)
16 oz. fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
4.5 oz. can chopped green chiles, drained
¾ cup wild or brown rice (can use quick-cooking type)
sour cream and tortilla chips to top

Heat olive oil and sauté chopped onion 5 minutes or so. Stir in chopped turkey and next 8 ingredients. Bring to boil; cover and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in rice and cook until rice is done. Enjoy!

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