Healthy Cream Of Mushroom Soup

Cream of Mushroom Soup Recipe
Most cream soups are laden with fat. Made with heavy cream and butter they can be a heart attack waiting to happen!

Native American Healthy Turkey Cream Soup

I like to call this Native American soup not because the American Indians made it but because it includes 3 ingredients that are native to North America.

Maple Syrup: Comes from the Sugar Maple tree and was first “tapped” by the American Indians.

[pinit count="horizontal"]Wild Rice: 3 species are native to the North American Midwest. They are called Wild Rice, Texas Wild Rice and Northern Wild Rice. These are only rices that are native to the US.

Turkey: The turkeys we eat today are descendants of the North American Wild Turkey. When Europeans first came to the new world it was the first they had seen these birds.

Technically, the American Indians could have made this soup but it is my unique creation.

Use Turkey Leftovers For This Recipe!

This is a great turkey leftover recipe. After you enjoy your turkey instead of putting your half-eaten carcass in the refrigerator, take the opportunity to make some stock.

Your kitchen is already a mess, the house already smells like turkey, so why not?!

Pull the meat off, break the bones into 2 and throw them in a pot with cold water. Bring it to a boil and simmer for about 2 hours. Then just strain it off and either refrigerate or freeze. SIMPLE!

6 cups turkey or chicken stock
1 cup shredded turkey leftovers or any cooked turkey product
2/3 cup wild rice
1 cup finely chopped onions
2 cups half-and-half
1/4 cup flour
2 tsp. thyme leaves – minced
1 cup white mushrooms- thinly sliced
2 tbsp. maple syrup
S & P to taste

  1. Bring stock and rice to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Cover and cook, stirring, for 30-40 minutes. (See below about buying quick-cooking wild rice.)
  3. Add onions and continue cooking 5–10 minutes.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk half-and-half, flour, thyme, and pepper
  5. Whisk slurry into soup.
  6. Add mushrooms and cooked turkey into soup.
  7. Stir in maple syrup, salt, and pepper.
  8. Cook, stirring, until soup thickens.

Fast Turkey Leftover Recipe

If your stock is already made, then the recipe only takes about 30-45 minutes from start to finish. It is fun, fast and healthy!

Quick Cooking Wild Rice Soup

When you buy wild rice for this soup recipe (or for any recipe) look for a US brand that includes the words “scarified” on the directions or packaging. Scarified rice is quick-cooking wild rice.

The process of scarring the hull of the rice (cracking) does not remove any nutrients but it allows the rice to cook more quickly as the water gets into the center and softens the rice in less time.

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    Organic Homemade Ketchup (Good For Diabetic)

    The Bixler family has always been big fans of ketchup. Since I eat a lot of ketchup I insist on organic. This ensures that we get only pesticide-free tomatoes and also that there is not high fructose corn sweetener in it.

    homemade ketchup recipe Make Your Own Ketchup

    I decided to start making my own ketchup when my favorite organic prepared ketchup brand got discontinued in the local grocery store.

    I already had a brand of organic whole peeled or diced tomatoes that I loved and used often, so how hard could it be to turn them into ketchup!?

    Homemade Ketchup Recipe

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    My homemade ketchup recipe took a bit more effort than I expected. I am sure I have made over a dozen batches in order to get one that is close to the flavor that everyone loves.

    I rarely measure but these ingredient quantities are pretty close.

    Really, the flavor of ketchup is a personal thing so you should experiment with different types of sweeteners and vinegars. I started with balsamic vinegar and tried others but ended up back at balsamic.

    I started with no sugar at all and ran through a few options and have finally settled on this as our new family ketchup.

    The yield will depend on how long you cook it and also the brand or cut of tomatoes. When I used the diced tomatoes I had to cook it a lot longer and got a much smaller yield.

    1 can (28 oz) Cento whole peeled tomatoes
    1/2 cup onion diced
    6 turns on the pepper mill
    1 Tbs. honey
    1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    1/2 tsp. dry oregano
    1 clove garlic-peeled

    1.  Blend all ingredients except garlic in blender till smooth.
    2.  Put in heavy pot and cook on very low for 45 minutes covered but vented.
    3.  Add garlic clove.
    4.  Cook for 30 minutes
    5.  Blend in blender again and pour into bottles

    Diabetic Ketchup

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    The advantages of this recipe for a diabetic is that you can use less sugar or none at all.

    I have made this exact recipe once without any sweetener at all and it was pretty good. The balsamic vinegar has a bit of its own sweetness.

    Another time I added raisins as the sweetener. It was tasty too and the addition of the fiber from the raisins makes it a good sweetener for diabetics.

    Make Your Own Recipe

    Make this recipe your own.

    Add more seasoning or garlic and play. I tried many different things before I settled on this recipe.

    Fresh herbs were nice but my goal was a fast recipe that tasted mainstream. Try it!

    It may be perfect for your family too or you may have to tweak it up a bit!

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      Healthy Basil Pesto Turkey Burger Recipe

      pesto burgers healthy recipe A fun, fast and healthy recipe, these pesto burgers can be made in minutes.

      Recipe Pesto Turkey Burgers

      1 Lb. ground turkey
      1 cup black beans (or any canned bean)-washed and drained
      2 egg whites
      1/3 cup basil pesto in a jar

      1. Combine all ingredients gently and form patties.
      2. Grill or cook in skillet until done.

      Make Or Buy Basil Pesto

      You can make your own pesto if you prefer by combining basil, pine nuts, garlic,  olive oil, black pepper and Parmesan cheese in the food processor. Good quality pesto can be purchased in most grocery stores.

      healthy foods diet

      Make sure that you purchase a nice quality store pesto. Check your ingredient list and be sure that the only items in it are: pine nuts, basil, garlic, oil, pepper and cheese.

      Healthy food can be fun, fast and taste good too!

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