“It’s no coincidence that four of the six letters in health are heal.” – Ed Northstrum
One bad thing about having your best friend live 1000+ miles away is that you rarely get to see one another, and most communication is by email, instant message, social media, or phone. One great thing about having your best friend live 1000+ miles away is that through email, instant message, social media, and phone, you’re still able to encourage and support one another in a new healthier lifestyle.
While the reasons for changing my eating and workout habits are endless, the biggest motivating factor is that I just want to feel better. I don’t want to feel tired all the time. I want to feel comfortable walking into a room, no matter how many eyes are on me. I want to make it through a day without compulsively pulling at and adjusting my clothes to make sure any rolls or jiggles are hiding.
With that said, one of the ways my best friend and I are being supportive is through what we’ve deemed as a Long Distance Cooking Club. Every Sunday we will both be trying out a healthy recipe to sort through the mass millions online, on Pinterest, and in cookbooks.
I’ll be adding any winning recipes to my blog. After all, I’ve deeply neglected the ‘Recipe’ portion of my blog. Even with it just being a small feature to shake things up, that technically makes me a bad, bad, bad blogger. You can slap me on the hand if you’d like. No promises I won’t slap back, though.
The recipe is for Healthy Italian Turkey Soup. I found the original recipe at Our Best Bites and adapted from there to make the soup even healthier. Two days later, I am still thinking about this soup. I can hear the tomatoes and herbs calling my name from twenty miles away. This is where you stop your judgement, thanks.
Over medium-high heat, cook the extra virgin olive oil, onions, garlic, and ground turkey. Once the turkey has browned, add the Italian seasoning. Sprinkle some pepper and kosher salt, to taste.
Once the turkey meat has cooked, add in diced tomatoes, beans, oregano, and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low for ten minutes.
Ooh, look at that steamy freshness! After the original ten minutes of simmering, add your spinach and simmer for ten minutes more. You may want to add extra pepper at this time, depending on your taste.
Healthy Italian Turkey Soup
Makes: 8+ servings
½ Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 lb. lean ground turkey
½ large yellow onion, diced
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbs. Italian seasoning
2 cans (15 oz. each) canned diced no sodium added tomatoes, not drained
2 cans (15 oz. each) Great Northern white beans, drained and rinsed
3+ 14 oz. cans low-fat, reduced sodium chicken broth
1 tsp. oregano
2 Tbs. dried parsley
5 cups fresh spinach, chopped up
1. In a large stockpot, warm oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, Italian seasoning, and ground turkey. Cook until turkey is browned and cooked through. Salt and pepper to taste.
2. Once the turkey is cooked, add the tomatoes (including the juice), beans, broth, oregano, and parsley. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for ten minutes.
3. After ten minutes of simmering, add chopped spinach into the soup. Simmer for another ten minutes, then enjoy!