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Thursday, December 20, 2018

AIP Turkey Vegetable Soup

Tuesday, Hubby took me to Costco. I looked for glasses frames while he loaded up on groceries. We both had eye exams last Thursday and he had gotten new glasses there, but I couldn't find any frames that fit my face. But Costco had a surprising number of petite frames and I finally had it narrowed down to two or three. But then Costco had a problem with my prescription so we left without ordering, and stopped by the eye doctor on the way back home. Turns out she didn't find any astigmatism in my left eye and only put a prism on my right lens. I don't know if the Graves eye disease caused the change in my eye or if astigmatism can magically go away on its own. I've had astigmatism in both eyes for the last fifty years, but the doctor insisted there was no astigmatism in my left eye now. Hmmm.

Yesterday, I didn't want to kill another day for Hubby, so I drove myself to Costco. I made it there without hitting anyone, yay!, ordered my glasses, and bought a four pack of ground turkey. I know, you're thinking "what does glasses have to do with soup?" Absolutely nothing. Except that the reason I made this soup is because I need to get back on the AIP bandwagon. After my frustrating visit with the thyroid eye disease ophthalmologist who only wanted to talk about plastic surgery, and the subsequent phone call from my endocrinologist who insisted that thyroid surgery is my only option, I decided to get back on the diet and see if that made any difference. I am 90% convinced that surgery won't do anything except make me hypothyroid for life.

On the way home from Costco, I stopped at Sprouts to check out their vegetables, and bought white sweet potatoes to use instead of white potatoes. The combination of turkey and white sweet potatoes, along with the other vegetables, made a tasty soup. Slightly sweet, with just the right consistency to make it stew-like. Even Hubby, who often cringes at my AIP recipes, thought it had a great taste.

Ingredients:
One pound ground turkey
Small yellow onion
Two celery sticks
Two carrots
One white sweet potato (it was big)
One zucchini
Four cups of chicken bone broth
Salt and pepper to taste. I leave out pepper.

Normally, I wouldn't put onion in my AIP soup, but I had it in my refrigerator and just couldn't throw it away. In the future, I'll use roast a clove or two of garlic instead.

I started by dicing all the vegetables, and then sauteed the onions. Add all the vegetables and broth to the soup pot. Then brown the ground turkey, cutting and stirring with the spatula to make it crumble. Add it to the soup, bring to a boil, and then turn down to simmer until carrots are tender.

That's it. Super easy and delicious.

This will be the start of an eternal soup for the next few days. I'll add something new to the pot every day along with water or more broth. I have more zucchini, and then I think I'll add cauliflower, though we're not crazy about the smell of cauliflower cooking.

15 comments:

  1. The soup sounds good. I will have to Google AIP. Glad you found glasses to fit!

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    1. AIP is Autoimmune. I should have put that on there, but most people who are on an autoimmune diet know that. It's so hard to find AIP that please both AIP dieters and people who can eat anything. Oh boy, I'm glad I found glasses that fit too. I thought I was going to have to either buy oversized glasses (again) or children's glasses.

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  2. Frames can be difficult at times. Sometimes I do good and other times not so much.

    The soup sounds really great. I'm going to have to try this.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

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    1. Thanks. Yes, frames can be difficult. I never realized that my nose is so narrow at the bridge, or maybe my eyes are just too close together. In any case, I usually look like a cross-eyed bug wearing glasses when they are too big.

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  3. I got my last glasses at Costco. They were so much better than the big glasses place. They actually fitted me better. I had gotten some there before - but didn't realize what a good job they do! I agree - I wouldn't do surgery either. Your soup sounds great! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. I got my last pair there too and they lasted for years. They also have a return policy for the first week or two even if the doctor wrote the prescription wrong.

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  4. Sorry you've had such a run around with the eye visits. Hopefully you can find someone who gets this all figured out soon.

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    1. Me too! Next specialist is at the end of January. As much as I want to get this figured out, it will be a nice break from doctors.

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  5. Marti: I am happy to hear you found the right frames.
    Your soup sounds yummy.
    I had astigmatism years ago it did go away on its own.

    Catherine

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    1. That's good to know that astigmatism can go away. Did your eye doctor tell you if that was common?

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  6. White sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. Now that is a novel idea! It is time for me to pick all of the large winter radishes I have growing in my garden. They love cold weather but can't handle it when it turns bitter cold. I have been experimenting with adding them to all sorts of things and it has been a pleasant surprise. They are easy to grow. Plant them in the fall and leave them alone. Some get huge, others just sit there.

    Reading your recipe has put me in the mood for a big pot of vegetable soup.

    Sorry your eyes are giving you such a hard time. Each doctor tells you something different and each one is doing what they think is best. I think you are making wise decisions which is so difficult to do.

    Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry

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    1. Are your radishes sweet? The local ag agent told me to plant large radishes and turnips all over our property because their roots will help break up the rock under the soil. He said they were really sweet too.

      Yes, doctors give their opinions and they all differ a little. I'll get another opinion next month and then decide what to do, but right now, I don't think surgery is the answer.

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    2. They aren't candy sweet like sugar beets but instead are not hot like a summer radish. They have a mild radish flavor but aren't bitter. When you put them in a salad, the flavor disappears but they add a crunch. When cooked, they absorb the flavor around them. Right now they should soon begin to die so before that happens, I will focus on eating as many as possible. I don't know of any way to preserve them other than pickling.

      I just finished putting some soup in the crock pot for tomorrow. It was all the old vegetables left in the refrigerator. It might be my breakfast.

      Do let us know what the next doctor says next month.
      Jeannie

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  7. Marti - I really hope the diet works for you. And the soup sounds delicious. Merry Christmas!

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    1. I hope it does too. Fingers crossed! Happy Christmas eve!

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