A spicy Cajun Turkey Rice Soup will warm you right up on a cold winter night!
The other night at barre class, the teacher asked us to go around the room, introduce ourselves as we usually do, and then tell the class one word that describes the rest of the year. I had a little bit of time to think, as I was about halfway around the circle from where it started, but I had a hard time thinking of any word except for “busy.” I knew it was a shallow and uninteresting answer, but I said it anyways. Most of the women nodded their heads, agreed, and we moved on to the girl next to me.
Driving home, however, I realized my word should have been “reflection.” I always feel reflective this time of year but I am especially feeling it this year. It’s been a big year for us and the biggest changes are that I switched jobs which was harder than I expected and we got pregnant and had our second son which has also been harder than I expected. Both of these changes are obviously for the better but change is hard and the transition periods for me are the most challenging.
Anyways, I think I’ll write a longer post on my reflection of the end of the year and what I’m hoping for 2018, along with continuing my Life Detox series. p.s. it turns out starting a Life Detox at the same time of having a baby was a poor choice. Don’t worry – I will be revisiting it in a couple of weeks!
I’d love to know – what is YOUR word for the end of the year? Shoot me an email or comment below!
Moving onto the food – this Cajun Turkey Rice Soup! While I had a handful of cookie recipes to share with you still, I thought I’d give us some sustenance before dumping more sugar on you. This Cajun Turkey Rice Soup is just that and is perfect to make and have leftovers for days, during this busy time of year.
This soup is made with Jennie-O’s Oven Ready Bone-In Cajun Style Turkey Breast, which they sent for me to try and share a recipe with you. Their Oven Ready Turkey’s are awesome because, like their name implies, you don’t have to thaw them out and they are perfectly ready for the oven straight from the freezer. On the day I made my turkey, I needed to be out of the house for the afternoon, so I threw mine in the slow cooker, which also worked out really well!
I shredded the meat and used it in this soup which is full of cajun spices. To start the soup I sautéed onion, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper, along with some cajun seasoning. Then I added dark red beans, Jennie-O Turkey Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage, rice, and the shredded turkey along with chicken broth. I let it simmer for about 35 minutes and it was ready to go!
This soup is hearty, filling, and delicious. If you’re serving this to kiddos or aren’t a big fan of spice, I’d definitely reduce the amount of cajun seasoning – with two teaspoons it definitely had a kick! Also – to make this a weeknight friendly soup, cook the turkey ahead of time. I made mine in the slow cooker and shredded it the day prior so all I had to do was toss it in the soup, making it ready to go in less than an hour!
- 1 Bone-In Cajun Spiced Turkey Breast can substitute 3 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 white onion diced
- 1 red bell pepper stem and seeds removed, and diced
- 1 green bell pepper stem and seeds removed, and diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
- 1 can dark red kidney beans drained and rinsed
- 1 14 ounce package Jennie-O Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces (or something similar like kielbasa)
- 1 cup brown rice can substitute white rice too
- 6 cups chicken broth
- chopped green onions for topping
- Cook Jennie-O Bone-In Cajun Spiced Turkey Breast according to package. Alternately, you can cook it in the slow cooker on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
- Remove the meat from the bone and shred.
- In a large soup pot, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
- Add onion, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper, and stir to combine.
- Cook for about 10 minutes, until the veggies are softened, stirring often.
- Add garlic and Cajun seasoning, and cook another minute.
- Add smoked turkey sausage, rice, and chicken broth.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, cover, and let simmer for 30-40 minutes, until rice is tender. If you use white rice, it will not take as long - closer to 20 minutes.
- Ladle into soup bowls and top with green onion.
This post is sponsored by Jennie-O but all opinions are my own!