One of the biggest complaints that I hear about eating healthy and clean is…..”It is too expensive.” I can certainly understand that. It is a bit more expensive to buy fresh, organic foods. However, I feel the benefits outweigh the cost. I am willing to save and conserve in other areas of our budget to make sure that we have healthy, clean food in our home.
This soup is delicious and full of flavor. On top of that….. it’s inexpensive. We are all about saving money this time of year, right?
Here is the break down of the ingredients and cost:
1 lb. of ground turkey: $6.49
Chicken Broth: $4.50
1 medium yellow onion: .70
Fresh garlic: $1.40
Kidney Beans: $2.49
Yukon Gold potatoes: $1.99
Canned chopped tomatoes: $1.50
Total: $20.94…………….The recipe makes 6 large servings or 8 small servings. That comes to $3.49 per serving or $2.62 per serving.
It’s not often that you can find a meal for $2.62-$3.49 per person, huh? Definitely not if you eat out. Heck…. you can’t even find a fast food meal these days for that amount!
Keep in mind that I purchased all organic products. Yes… it would be less expensive if you purchased non-organic, but our goal is to put foods into our bodies that help us and not harm us. Buying organic whenever possible gives me a peace of mind. I’ll leave that decision up to you though because I just want you to eat a cleaner diet with more veggies and less meats. If it comes down to eating veggies or not eating them because of the cost of organic…..Please, buy non- organic and get those healthier foods and veggies into your diet.
I absolutely LOVE it when I can prepare a meal and be able to serve it at least twice. In this case, the recipe made enough to freeze and serve a third time!
Give this hearty, healthy soup a try. I know you will love it too! 🙂
|Italian Vegetable Soup|| |
- 1 lb. organic/all natural ground turkey
- 6 Cups of organic chicken broth
- 1 Tbsp. of grapeseed oil or extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium organic yellow onion
- 8-12 Cloves of fresh garlic, crushed (8-12 depending on size and your taste)
- 3 organic carrots, chopped
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 2 medium size Yukon gold potatoes, diced
- 1 can of organic kidney beans, rinsed and drained (I used Eden Organic brand)
- 1 can of chopped tomatoes (I used Muir Glen brand)
- 1 Tbsp. each of dried oregano, dried basil and dried parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large stock pot, heat oil over medium to high heat.
- Add the ground turkey and cook until lightly browned.
- Add chopped onion to the turkey and cook only until softened.
- Reduce the heat to medium/low and pour into the pot, 4 cups of chicken broth and stir well.
- Place garlic, carrots, celery, potatoes, kidney beans and chopped tomatoes into the pot. Give all ingredients a good stir and mix well.
- Add 2 more cups of chicken broth and the oregano, basil and parsley to the vegetables and mix well again.
- Simmer on low for 30-40 minutes making sure the potatoes, carrots and celery are done but not mushy.
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Serve immediately