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Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup

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Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup is a flavorful soup that is perfect for Spring and uses vegetables, kale, ground turkey and brown rice to make a satisfying, healthy meal.

Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup

Spring? Green Grass? Where are you!!?

My toddler is going crazy and needs to be let loose at the park. Or maybe it’s his Mom that is going crazy?

I know I have done my fair share of complaining about winter on this little blog but seriously!? I think I had an excuse. I was the biggest during my pregnancy in the months of December and January and that is when the “polar vortex” came to Chicago. Speaking of “polar vortex” has anyone ever heard that terms used before this year?  It came and stayed for three months. I think we are finally in the clear (fingers crossed!). I might be jinxing myself but seriously.  The ugly brown grass has emerged so I have hope that it will soon turn green.

Turkey Kale and Brown Rice Soup

Now on to food, a totally normal transition from weather, right? Today’s recipe for Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup seems like the perfect transition soup as we enter spring.  This soup is on the lighter side but still filling and satisfying with the hearty brown rice, turkey and healthy kale. The flavors remind me of other Italian favorites, like minestrone, with the diced tomatoes and vegetables.

Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup

I found this recipe in my Giada’s Feel Good Food cookbook that I got for Christmas.  It has some great, healthy recipes that are perfect for the warmer spring and summer months. I highly suggest checking it out if you are in the market for a new cookbook.

Cheers to warmer temperatures, green grass, my toddler running around the park and grilling season. Oh, and I promise to stop complaining about the weather! 😉

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Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup

Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Turkey, Kale and Brown Rice Soup is a flavorful soup that is perfect for Spring and uses vegetables, kale, ground turkey and brown rice to make a satisfying and hearty meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large shallots, chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 lb. ground white turkey meat
  • 1 Tablespoon herbes de Provence
  • 5 cups chicken broth, low sodium
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup brown riced, cooked
  • 1 small bunch kale, center ribs removed, leaves chopped (4 packed cups)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Garnish:

  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large pot heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, carrots, and red pepper and saute, stirring frequently until slightly soft, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add the ground turkey and stir the meat until it is white and the edges begin to color, about 5 minutes. Add the herbes de Provence and stir for 1 minute.
  3. Add the chicken broth and diced tomatoes and bring to a boil.
  4. Stir in the kale and salt and pepper to taste. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 13 minutes. Add cooked brown rice and continue to simmer for 2 minutes.
  5. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve soup warm with flat-leaf parsley and Parmesan cheese.
Slightly adapted from Giada’s Feel Good Food

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Enjoy!

Julia

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Meghan

Monday 5th of August 2019

So easy ans delicious. A perfect summer soup. I used spinach instead of kale since my husband doesn't like kale. A big hit in our house!

Julia

Monday 5th of August 2019

Love the switch to spinach. Glad you liked it.

Beth Blacksin

Monday 7th of April 2014

I love this recipe! The low fat turkey provides a robust flavor. I used orzo instead of rice because i was lazy and cooked it for 13 minutes at that step. It came out well. Thanks for giving us this healthy, hardy soup. I've added it to going to my regular recipe rotation.

Julia

Monday 7th of April 2014

Thanks Beth! I am so glad you liked this soup--I knew you would. I agree that turkey adds a nice flavor but it is low fat which is great. I also have added this to my rotation--I love freezing some of this soup for later!

jessica@stuckonsweet

Friday 4th of April 2014

I love a good hearty and healthy soup. This weather has been crazy, but it's a good excuse to continue making cozy meals!

Julia

Friday 4th of April 2014

Agreed! I can't believe the Chicago weather--it is still freezing! You would like this soup by the way! :)

Danielle @ TheCharmItSpot

Friday 4th of April 2014

I COMPLETELY agree! Haha

Danielle @ TheCharmItSpot

Thursday 3rd of April 2014

This looks so delicious! This recipe is so me, I love kale and ground turkey! Thanks for sharing! Yum!!

Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

Wednesday 2nd of April 2014

This soup looks so delicious and hearty and I just want a big bowl of it NOW. :)

Julia

Wednesday 2nd of April 2014

Thanks Stephanie! It was delicious!

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