Healthy Spinach, Bean, & Turkey Soup

Spinach, Bean, & TurkeySoup

Quick and easy is a MUST these days in the Smith household. Between working from home all day, changing what seems like a hundred diapers, breastfeeding every couple of hours, and cleaning the house……cooking dinner is often one of the last things on my mind until it gets to be well…dinnertime!

We all know that crock pot meals are quick, but sometimes I just hate the hassle of cleaning the pot after….I know, I know…call me lazy, but hey, I’m a new mom…that’s my excuse. 😉

So….what’s my solution to needing something quick on a fall evening? SOUP! If you know me, you know that I LOVE a good stew or soup! Pour all the ingredients in and BAM — you. are. done.

This recipe for my Spinach, Bean, and Turkey Soup is one of my new favorite concoctions. My kitchen is always stocked with cans of beans, diced tomatoes, low sodium chicken broth, spinach, ground turkey and other frozen meats. You can ALWAYS find something to make with those staples!

Tonight I wanted to use the last of my spinach and ground turkey that will go bad in a few days, so what better than a big pot of soup to end this rainy day off with?

Check out this protein-packed, healthy, and flavorful soup and let me know what you think!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

You can have this soup on the table for your family in 20 minutes flat! How’s that for a quick & healthy meal you can guarantee everyone will love?!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 cup bell peppers, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 1 1/2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • a dash of red pepper (add more depending upon how much spice you want)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (Hunt’s or Rotel)
  • 1 can great northern beans (drained & rinsed)
  • 1 can black beans (drained & rinsed)
  • 2 bags baby spinach (this is about 9 ounces or so)
  • 1 carton of low-sodium chicken broth
  • fresh grated parmesan cheese (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Brown the ground turkey with the garlic, black pepper, red pepper, onions, celery, and bell peppers. Cook through until the onions are translucent and celery and peppers are softened.
  2. Add in the rest of your seasonings (oregano and basil), as well as the diced tomatoes (pour the liquid in as well), and both cans of beans. Stir to combine.
  3. Lower your heat and add in the spinach (you can also use kale if you prefer). This will look like a lot, but put the top on and let it sit for 2 minutes. Take top off and stir a little to help the spinach continue to wilt. Keep stirring until all spinach is wilted and combined.
  4. Add your chicken broth, stir in, and raise your heat to medium again. Continue to cook soup until heated all the way through to a boil. This should be about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove soup from heat, scoop out about 2 cups per serving and top with a pinch of fresh parmesan cheese.
  6. Enjoy and share!

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It’s Been A Year?!

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Exactly one year ago today, I said “YES”!! No, not to get married — that was in September 2013. 🙂 I said YES….to coaching.

Let’s rewind real fast….I went to college to become a teacher, always thought I would be a teacher, and then I became a teacher…I taught MS and HS Spanish. I got married. Then, somewhere along the way, my husband and I decided we wanted to start a family. The stress of my job was beginning to override my passion for teaching. The countless hours of work, the commute, and the long days were doing a number on me.

I KNEW something was going to have to change before we started a family.

So……I said YES. The coaching opportunity fell into my lap once again after being approached probably 5 times before I actually took the offer once and for all. I worked for 8 months on top of my full-time job as a teacher and it was worth every minute to be where I am now!

What did I do? I worked out, ate right, invested my time in helping people find a healthy lifestyle, and simply shared MY story and MY journey. If you have been following along all these months….thank you. I am truly blessed by all your love and support!

So, today I celebrate my first year of coaching! I celebrate the job that brought my family financial freedom. The job that allowed me to leave my teaching job and make a career from home so I can be with my newborn son. The job has facilitated lifelong friendships with incredible women. The job that has ignited my passion for health and fitness into a way for me to help provide for my family.

God has provided immensely over this last year and I could not be more grateful for every person he has brought into my life since beginning my coaching journey.

As I share this in celebration tonight, I also share as an invitation for YOU! If you were in a spot like I was a year ago, you love fitness, or love building relationships, I would love to share more about my experience with you! There is so much freedom in taking a deep breath, trusting your passion, and saying YES! So many people stay in careers they hate for years because they don’t believe they can do anything else — That was me! But believe me, YOU CAN!!

THANK YOU to everyone who has helped me get to this year point — my husband, Spencer Smith​: for always supporting my dreams, and my amazing team: without your amazing support and dedication to helping others, we would not be who we are as a team!

If you want to learn more about this opportunity, send me a message or fill out this quick form for me to get to know a little more about you — I can’t wait to share with you!

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