HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!! It has been SOOOOO long since I have posted a recipe. As some of you may know, I am in law school and school has a way of taking over your life till you do nothing but study, eat and sleep! lol But since the Holidays are upon us I have found some time to detour and focus on food (whats really important! lol).
Flu season is here and unfortunately everyone in my house is sick…. and I just got over the flu myself. As i was getting better I decided to make a quick and easy spaghetti with ground turkey…. then literally the next day my husband has a sore throat and sniffles…but now Im looking at that ground turkey like “what in the world do i do with you?!” and voila ! Stew!
So this recipe was kind of an improvisation…and whenever I improvise and something magically turns out good, and i mean DAMN GOOD I like to make sure I share it so in the future I can look back at the recipe and say Ahhhh yes…. let me make this again!
The stew was a big hit and I made my husband two bowls of it. He gobbled it up and afterwards went straight to sleep! I highly recommend trying this recipe, especially if you’re not feeling well.
Shall we proceed? 🙂
INGREDIENTS: Cook time: 1 1/2 hour | Prep: 10 mins
- 1lb ground turkey
- 2 diced russet potatoes
- 3 stalks of celery
- 4 chopped, diced, or sliced carrots
- organic chicken broth ( i like Swansons)
- 1 can of stewed tomatoes
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 sweet or white onion chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1-2 teaspoons pink Himalayan salt
- 1-2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
- 1 generous tablespoon of sweet and smoked paprika.
- 1 cup of chopped fresh spinach.
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
This is how it started. I wanted to make sure I added some southwest flavors by getting this particular type of stewed tomatoes. The flavor was smokey and went really well with the bland ground turkey. As you know, ground turkey is only as flavorful as the other ingredients you pair it with.
Prep all your veggies, it makes things so much easier when you begin adding it to the pot.
DIRECTIONS: Add olive oil, and saute onions, and garlic for 2-3 minutes on medium/high. Add turkey.
Add smoked paprika to the mixture.
Next, add your carrots and celery. Keep stirring.
Season with salt and pepper generously.
Next, add your stewed tomatoes.
Now, Add your chicken broth!! This stew is a layering process. But trust me, this method works!
Add dried basil. Continue to cook. At this point your stew should begin to boil.
Add some spinach now!
Oh yes…now its REALLY BOILING! Keep controlling the temperature, don’t let your broth cook out but to thicken it faster you’re going to want it to boil vigorously especially if youre pressed for time.
After 10 minutes, reduce the heat.
On medium heat, cover your stew. As it begins to thicken it will look like this. Taste the broth and see if it needs any additional seasoning. I added more sweet paprika here which gave it a really good smokey flavor. Let it cook down for 30 more minutes if you want it to be thicker. Everyone has a different preference on how thick they like their soup and stews. My total time was about an hour and a half.
And I added a little extra spinach on top just for the extra nutrition! And of course its pretty 🙂
Try it, share it, and hopefully you’ll enjoy it!