Time is Money Turkey Soup (and New York round-up)

 

Easy turkey soup for busy New Yorkers
Easy turkey soup for busy New Yorkers

Luckily, I’ve found myself in New York again. This city pumps with energy at every moment and when here there is no possible way to sleep before midnight or eat regular meals or avoid walking at least ten miles a day or ignore the beauty that is thousands of humans crisscrossing each other’s lives. I bounce in an out of this city as much as possible and was considering making it my new home, however the time is just not right. I’ll be heading out for Colorado/South Dakota for the winter, so stay tuned.

I celebrated my birthday here recently, paying a visit to McSorley’s Old Ale House where you are served either dark or light beer in two glasses and the only food on the menu is cheese and crackers. Being a particularly dark day in New York (September 11) we were surprised to find a lively group of NYC firefighters who were happy to slap kisses on us and sing a very hearty version of Happy Birthday. We dashed out to fill our bellies with Indian food at Panna II/Milon, which is basically a box car filled with at least one million twinkling Christmas lights, that flash wildly as the staff sing a pumping birthday song served up with freezer burnt ice cream. And to end this classic NYC evening, we stopped at a diner for a piece of carrot cake and a pancake and a cup of coffee. Because we can.

Happy crazy Indian restaurant birthday!
Happy crazy Indian restaurant birthday!

I’m clearly a cooking rookie in New York city. Living here, even for a short time, presents unique challenges when it comes to home cooking. There is a reason some people use their ovens to store shoes. First off, you have to get the groceries to your kitchen, which means you can only buy as much as you can carry. Depending on how many you cook for, this means shopping for, at most, a couple meals at a time.

Normally I’m a shop-around-until-inspired kind of cook, but not in New York. You gotta come prepared with some idea of what to make or you’ll end up with more than you can carry home, plus since it requires shopping more often, you have to find the time to shop and cook in the time between work, commute and bed. As you can imagine, home cooking in New York is a chore.

So let’s make it easy on everyone and whip up some super healthy, super easy, Whole30 friendly, turkey soup.

Easy turkey soup
Easy turkey soup

Time is Money Turkey Soup
Serves 4-6

1 TBL olive oil
2 small yellow onions, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 yellow squash (or a zucchini), chopped
2 handfuls cremini or white button mushrooms, sliced
1 lb ground turkey
4-5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 quart chicken or veggie stock (I like the low sodium stuff)
1/2 tsp red chili flakes (if desired)
salt & pepper to taste

Saute onions and carrot in oil over medium high heat until soft and a little browned. Add bell pepper, squash and mushrooms and allow to soften (4-5 minutes). Add turkey and garlic and cook until meat is browned, another 3-5 minutes.

Add spices and dump in chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then cover and allow to sit for 30 minutes if you can, or at least for 15 minutes so veggies can soften and flavors combine a bit.

Fastest dinner ever! Enjoy.

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