Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Turkey Sausage Soup


So the other day I made some mini turkey meatball soup. It was such a hit, Jon ate all of it over the span of two days. Today, I was going to make the soup again but needed my ground turkey to make some Turkey Feta Burgers. I realized I had turkey sausage I needed to use up and figured it would get the job done. Sure enough, it tastes just as good and was a lot easier to throw together. I will save the recipe for the turkey meatballs for another day.

** You may want to cook the rotini (or whatever noodle you use) separately, then toss it in olive oil and keep it on the side. Otherwise, if you're keeping the soup in the fridge or even on the stove just for a few hours, the noodles can get mushy from the liquid. So you can just keep the noodles separate and then add to the soup when you're ready to serve. **

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 an onion, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb turkey italian sausage
2 1/2 quarts water
6 tbsp chicken base (I used "better than bouillon" chicken base)
1/2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tbsp dried oregano
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
salt & pepper to taste
2 ribs of celery, with leaves, diced
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
1/2 zucchini, diced
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can cannelini beans
1 15 oz can corn
6 oz rainbow rotini

In a large soup pot, sautee onion in olive oil for about 2 minutes. Add in garlic and turkey sausage. Brown turkey sausage. Add in water and chicken base and stir until combined. Add in worcestershire, oregano, parsley, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and drop in vegetables, tomatoes, beans and corn. Allow to cook about 15 minutes, until vegetables are fork tender. Add in rotini and cook until al dente. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Orange Chicken Stirfry

I am always looking for ways to use leftover shredded chicken. I normally throw together chicken soft tacos or just mix it in with some whole wheat pasta. Today, I decided to try something new. It was delicious.

2 tbsp coconut oil 
3 cloves garlic
1 cup orange juice
1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp honey
2 cups shredded chicken, fully cooked
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt
2 cups vegetable Stirfry mix
1 tbsp cornstarch

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together orange juice, soy sauce and honey. Add shredded chicken to sauce. Cover and marinate for about a half hour in the fridge. In a large skillet, sautée garlic in coconut oil for about 2 minutes on medium-high heat. Add vegetable Stirfry mix, red pepper flakes and salt. Cook vegetables per Stirfry package instructions. Add chicken mixture to skillet. Reduce heat to low-medium, whisk in cornstarch and allow to simmer for 15 minutes, or until heated through. Enjoy!


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