It’s that time of year – the kids are going back to school, the leaves are changing color, and it’s starting to get just a little chilly at night. That is why I invented what is known as Souptember! Oh, I’m sure someone, somewhere has already thought of this super-witty and ingenius holiday, but who cares? It’s the most delicious creation I know of.
What is Souptember?
Glad you asked! You see, in the office, I’m known as a “soup kind of girl.” I’m not exactly sure what makes a person a “soup kind of person,” but apparently, when people look at me they think “I bet that girl can put down some soup…”
I’d be offended, but it’s true. I can eat soup every day, and that’s precisely what I do for Souptember!
- You must eat soup at least once every day. Yes, I’ve eaten soup for breakfast.
- Since you’re committing at least one third of your meals to soup, it’s wise to make it from scratch if you can. Canned soup is great in a pinch, but eat it every day and your blood pressure will not thank you.
- Ketchup + water does not = soup.
- You must have at least four different kinds of soup within the month. Hey – I made up the holiday, it’s my rules.
Pair it with some yummy bread, cucumber slices, or pepper-jack cheese, and soup can be a wonderful and healthy meal— perfect for lunch, or a light dinner. You see, soup is like life. It can be whatever you want it to be (e.g. healthy, rich, etc.), but you have to make it that way. What are you going to put in your soup?
Here’s a starter recipe to get you going!
My dad taught me how to make this, but I’ve made some tweaks, (mainly, the addition of vegetables – they provide volume, which will prevent you from getting hungry later). By the way, there’s absolutely nothing French about this soup, but is it delicious? Oui!
½ pound Ground turkey (lean)
1 can (10 oz) Heart Healthy Campbell’s Tomato Soup
1 can (14.5 oz) Diced tomatoes – no salt added
1 cup Low sodium chicken broth
3 cups Water (more or less, depending on preferred consistency)
2-3 Small red potatoes, chopped
2 stalks Celery, diced
½ Green pepper, chopped
1 Jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
1 Carrot, chopped
½ Yellow onion, chopped
1 clove Garlic, diced
½ tsp Basil
½ tsp Oregano
- Brown turkey meat. Rinse excess fat (if any).
- Add chicken broth, water, diced tomatoes, and condensed soup.
- Add all other ingredients. Bring to a steady boil.
- Cover, and simmer on low heat until potatoes are tender.
Yields: 4 servings
Calories per serving: ~180
What is your favorite kind of soup?
photo credit: DivineDecay