Thursday, May 13, 2010

Share A Spoon: It's LUNCHTIME!

So Brandee over at Think Tank Momma has this new thing where she asks people to post healthy recipes. It's called Share a Spoon, or something like that, and anyway, it's a wicked good way to get some ideas for a "lifestyle change" like I'm going through now.

Think Tank Momma

This week it's all about lunch, and I have a soup that will blow your socks off. So without further ado, here is the recipe. If you've ever been to Olive Garden and had their Zuppa Toscana soup, this tastes almost exactly like it, sans potatoes.

1 cup of spinach (I put spinach in everything. On a related note, I have a mysterious anchor tattoo on my lower arm.)
1 cup of red beans (I swear to God, if y'all use white beans for ANY of my recipes, you're a racist.)
4 ounces of ground turkey (No fatass, you can't use hamburger or sausage or bacon or ham or anything else. Use turkey, dammit, or I'll be pissed.)
1 tblsp of garlic (You should really not plan on getting any afternoon delight after this soup.)
1/2 cup of diced onion (I like Vidalia, they're me!)
2 tblsps lowfat ranch dressing (Yes. As a matter of fact, I DO put ranch in everything. I'm from Oklahoma, bitch.)
1 cup of skim milk (Hell, you could use water that is heavily calcified, that's all skim milk is.)
1 tblsp of olive oil (I think a serving size is 2 tblsps, but you really only need one.)

Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft. Don't burn that shit, or you'll wind up eating something that tastes like burnt hair wrapped around a tangled knot of broken dreams and cabbage farts. Appetizing, eh?

Add the ground turkey and COOK THOROUGHLY! Don't play around with turkey. You start talking about "medium rare" turkey, and you'll be pulling worms outta your butt faster than you can blink. Cook that shit, yo.

I'll really be surprised if ANYONE wants to try this recipe now.

Then throw in the spinach, I really only like to use the frozen kind, but fresh would work. Just don't use canned. Then add the red beans, stir it all up, and add the ranch dressing and milk. Stir to mix, bring to a boil, and let it simmah for about 10 minutes. It'll be hotter than two muskrats makin whoopie in a wool sock in a dryer in the middle of August, so let that shit cool down a bit.

Enjoy plain, or with a few saltines, either way is a good choice. This soup is LOADED with protein, and it only has about 600 calories if you stick with 1 tablespoon of EVOO and skim milk. Everything I added is one serving size, but the end result might be enough to break into 2 portions, in which case you are cutting the calorie count in half, which is never a bad thing.

I ate this soup for dinner the other night, and it filled me smooth up. I didn't want anything to snack on afterwards. It'll definitely hold you after lunch until dinner, and might even help you make a smarter choice on dinner because you won't be as hungry.

So there it is, my bowl to yours, my homemade soup. Y'all think of a name for it, I don't feel like it.


  1. I love your cook's notes. They were good on the one That_One_Mom posted last week too.

    You IS funny!

    The soup sounds yummy. I think my boys will even eat it. I try to sneak in veggies where I can and the spinach would be a great sneak!

    Popeye Italiano Sloat Soup

  2. I love spinach. However, I'm used to throwin a tub of sour cream and a cup of mayo in the bowl with it, so not sure what "healthy" spinach will taste like. I'm not sure about putting milk in it though....does the consistency of this turn out like a cream soup or a broth soup?

  3. You should get your own Food Network show.

  4. Great idea. Congrats on the weight loss. I need to get my heavy butt motivated to lose too.

  5. I'm think Blue Zoo may have a thing...I can see you on television.....

    Sounds really good. I'll have to introduce it to the Duckio Casa.

  6. Minnesotans put ranch on everything, too...

  7. I'll have to share my recipe for Fish Tacos.

    No, not those kind. Get your mind out of the gutter boy!

  8. This is an awesome recipe and perfect for us!!

    We only drink skim milk.
    We only use EVOO
    We only use ground turkey
    And we love spinach!!!! I have almost everything to make this soup!!

    I've never had red beans. I'm Mexican, so we use pinto. I'd love to try this new recipe out! I'll let you know how it went!!

  9. one thing though, I don't do low fat ranch!!! I hate the taste! Maybe if I use less???

  10. Anther way to spice this up (just a suggestion from someone else who's tried to make it at home) is to use italian sausage made from CHICKEN. It adds some great flavor while still keeping the calories down.

    (Laura, friend from FB)

  11. This sounds really good! I'll have to try it next time I go grocery shopping. :)

    Name suggestion?
    Papa Sloat's Tuscan Turkey Soup


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