Chicken Soup for the Soul
Most Sundays after church I make a big pot of chicken soup to start off the week. All the chopping of celery, onions, carrots, leeks and fresh herbs is a labor of love that means a lot to my family. My oldest son Charlie will ask me to make my chicken soup for his first night home from college. Rose says my soup makes her feel cozy. There is just something about a homemade chicken soup that makes you feel loved and like everything is going to be all right. This is one of almost thirty recipes that you’ll find in my new book SOULFULL!
What makes this recipe extra delicious and super nourishing is the rind of the Parmesan and the fresh herbs and spinach stirred in right before serving. In a world where hope seems in short supply, I recommend making a big pot for your family, and then finding someone who you suspect could use a little extra TLC. Make a love drop of the soup with some of my love muffins (recipe in SOULFULL!)
- 1 cup onion, diced
- 1 cup celery, diced
- 1 leek, diced
- 1 cup carrots, diced
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 lb ground turkey breast
- 2 28 oz cans whole tomatoes
- 2-3 cups chicken stock
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 cup Fresh spinach, chopped
- 1 cup Fresh Italian parsley, chopped
- Juice from 1 lime
- 1 avocado, optional garnish
- salt and pepper
- 2 cups brown rice, prepared
- 1 red, yellow, green pepper, diced, seeds, and ribs removed
- 2 sweet potatoes, cut in chunks
- 1 cup Fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 cup French lentils
- 1 14 oz can cannellini and black beans (rinsed)
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
Coat the bottom of your pot generously with olive oil. Saute your onion, carrots, celery, leeks and spices until soft.
Add ground turkey breast. Once turkey meat is cooked through, pour the cans of tomatoes, chicken stock, and tomato paste into the pot.
Add your peppers, sweet potatoes, beans and lentils.
Allow to simmer for 30 minutes, and longer if you have more time. Taste all along the way. You might need a tablespoon of turbinado sugar to reduce acidity. Turn off heat.
Add cilantro, parsley, spinach and juice from one lime.
Place brown rice in bottom of bowl, ladle in soup, and then garnish with avocado, chips, corn bread, green onion, more cilantro, cheese galore, sour cream and hot sauce.