Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Back to school - back to crockpotting!

Nothing says back to school in our house like a crockpot meal (or several) I love crockpot cooking! It is the fastest prep and easiest cooking method I know of - other than eating out!

Today was Labour Day - or is that Labor day in American?? And Eric and I have decided to get back on track with diet and exercise habits we have let slip over the summer. To commemorate I made Weight Watchers soup. If you have ever tried WW you probably know what this is - but to those of you who haven't it is basically WW's version of a cabbage soup. It's a tasty all veggie and basically calorie free soup that you can eat as much of as you want. Which actually ends up being a good thing because you get hungry again pretty quickly subsisting on cabbage tomato and zucchini (the main ingredients)! But I digress . . . .

We had this soup for supper and there were a ton of leftovers (it's a huge batch). I wasn't really looking forward to leftovers and so wondered what I could do to jazz it up. Inspiration hit me in the form of a frozen lb of Italian seasoned ground turkey I found in the freezer. So here is what is simmering in my crockpot overnight.

4-6 cups leftover cabbage soup (veggie broth, cabbage, zucchini, tomatoes & tomato paste, carrots, onion, green pepper, garlic, basil & oregano)
2 cups V-8 juice
1/2 onion diced
teas. minced garlic
1 ripe tomato chopped
3 med. potatoes scrubbed and diced
1lb Italian seasoned ground turkey (I browned this on the stove first but that was probably not necessary)
dash of cayenne pepper
ground black pepper
teas. Kosher salt
sprinkle of oregano

That's better - protein from the ground turkey and a bit of bulking up with the added potatoes and veggies. Looks and smells fantastic. This will be lunch and supper tomorrow!


snazzykc said...

I love this soup and you can have so much of it!! Good luck on your new adventure...

Mer said...

Sounds delicious! I agree that back to school time is a great time to "fire up" the crockpot. I think next week I will incorporate a crockpot meal into my menu. :)