Turkey Lentil Soup

There’s nothing better than warm soup as the weather gets colder.. Especially when it’s healthy!  

  
The recipe I was going off of didn’t have as many vegetables as you see but I decided to put more in because I like a really chunky soup and it’s the way my mom used to make it. I chose this recipe because I grew up with it and it reminds me as a comfort meal as well as a healthy one. It never fails to warm me up on a cold day or make me feel 10x better when I’m sick.  

 
This soup touches on every sense beginning at hearing from the chopping of fresh vegetables, sight from how beautiful it looks with all of the colourful vegetables (as you can see), the taste as its filled with a variety of flavours from the broth, spices, vegetables, and turkey, smell as it smells fresh from the vegetables and herbs, and finally touch as it makes you feel warm when it travels through your body. 

  
My mom and I both had a bowl of this soup immediately after spending a day outside in the freezing cold and it completely hit the spot and warmed us up. 

  
  
 Recipe:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 medium white onions, diced
  • 2 red bell pepper, seeded, large dice 
  • Whole canned tomatoes
  • 8 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets 
  • 1 large carrot (or 1/2 cup mini), chopped
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 can lentils, strained and rinsed
  • 12oz ground turkey
  • 2 zucchini, chopped
  • 1tbsp basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large soup pot, add olive oil on medium heat. Add garlic and onion and sautée for 3 minutes. Add peppers and tomatoes and cook for another 3-5 minutes. 
  2. Pour in the stock. Add the cauliflower, carrots, celery, and lentils. Season to taste.
  3.  Bring to boil then lower to simmer for 25 minutes, until vegetables are tender. 
  4. Add turkey, basil, and zucchini to pan and cook for 10 minutes. Add to soup and serve. 

Discussion questions:

1. What were the challenges involved?

I didn’t have any challenges when making my soup. Some challenges that could have came up were vegetables becoming to soggy, you have to ensure you time it right so they still remain crunchy. Other challenges are ensuring the meat gets cooked thoroughly in a pan before hand. 

2. Was it a success?

It was a success. I’ve made this soup many times and know how to cook it properly. 

3. What would you do differently?

You could maybe use fresh spices in a sachet and add other types of spices to add more flavour. 

Reflection:

I enjoyed this experience making a soup. Soup can be altered and made however you want it, like I did with this soup. I enjoy lots of vegetables so I added more, if you don’t enjoy a ton of vegetables, you don’t have to add them. I learned to create things to your own liking since its your soup and your tastebuds. You don’t always have to follow recipes to the word if you don’t want to! This can be applied to future recipes if I want to make it or alter it how I want. 

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