I love the Holidays; Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and I especially love the leftovers from our very hearty meals.
For Thanksgiving and Christmas, my husband deep-fries two large turkeys, one for the family gathering and the other just to have for leftovers. We both love turkey sandwiches even better than the feast of the day.
With the New Year, I, along with millions of others in this world, make an asserted effort to eat healthier which includes eating more vegetables, legumes, less meat, and less sugar. So today I put together a delicious turkey and white bean soup with plenty of veges and delicious spices to warm your heart and soul!
Here’s how I made it…
- 1 cup dried small white beans
- 1 cup chopped turkey
- 2 small chopped onions
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 2 cups fresh baby spinach
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups chicken broth
I think you already know how much I love my crock-pot and use it until the lid falls apart (ok, that actually happened to me with my current crock-pot!) and of course today’s soup is a crock-pot meal.
I added all the ingredients listed above into my crock-pot and set it on high. After several hours I tested the beans to be sure they were soft and then I added in my favorite spices.
Small beans cook quickly even without soaking them before adding them to this recipe. Never add salt to your beans until they are completely tender. Salt keeps the beans from becoming tender!
- salt and pepper to taste
- garlic powder (I use one with added spices)
- cumin (my very favorite and I use a lot)
Use other spices, if you prefer, to make your soup personal to your taste! After adding the spices, allow the soup to cook for half to one hour so the spices meld well with the other ingredients.
To add a little creaminess to my soup, and this is optional for you, I added 4 tablespoons of my homemade Ready Roux which I always have sitting in the fridge just waiting to be used.
Combine 2 sticks softened butter with 1 cup flour, salt and pepper. Using a fork, mix these ingredients together until well incorporated. Spoon onto parchment or wax paper and form into a disc or cube. Refrigerate up to a month and add to any savory dish that requires thickening such as Mac n Cheese, Chowders, Gravy, Soups, etc. I sometimes add additional spices that I like in all my thickened soups.
When plating, I added a handful of fresh baby spinach to my bowl. It added a little more freshness and a few more vitamins! The warm soup wilted the fresh spinach quickly, but it still added a bit of freshness to the bowl!
When making your delicious leftover soups, be creative using up the delicious leftovers in your fridge. With the cold weather we’re having, a crock-pot full of warm, delicious, soup is always welcome!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2016 bring you much love, happiness, peace, joy and prosperity!