Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Turkey Soup Recipes for Thanksgiving: South Beach Recipes of the Week #18

I'm continuing my series of Thanksgiving Recipes with some turkey soup ideas from my favorite food bloggers. I know you don't have any leftover turkey in the fridge yet, but you will soon. Besides, I thought if I gave you some great soup ideas now, you could make sure you pick up what you need when you're out there frantically buying those last minute Thanksgiving things on Wednesday night. Then on Friday morning when you get up to a fridge full of leftover turkey you'll have an idea of what to do with it.

I missed South Beach Recipes of the Week this weekend, and I've been thinking of moving it to midweek anyway since that's when I don't have time to cook, so this is going into that section of the recipe archives. That means the recipes for turkey soup that I'm including here will be low on the glycemic index, since that's what the South Beach Diet is based on. If you're not interested in dieting, not to worry. Just make these soups because they're delicious. If it's not Thanksgiving where you live, you could substitute chicken for turkey in any of these soups.

Photo by Elise of Simply Recipes

If you google the words *turkey soup* this recipe for Mom's Turkey Soup from Elise is the number one thing that comes up. How cool is that! Elise gives great instructions for making the turkey stock, which is where turkey soup gets its flavor. If you're adding rice or noodles to the soup, be sure to use Uncle Ben's Converted Rice, brown rice, or Dreamfield's pasta if you're following South Beach.

Photo by Michelle of Je Mange la Ville

I always spot great recipes at Je Mange la Ville, and this recipe for Turkey Curry Soup with Brown Rice sounded fantastic and completely South Beach Diet friendly too. The soup has coconut milk, which is fine for South Beach as long as you buy the unsweetened, light variety. I use Thai Kitchen lite coconut milk, which is sold in lots of grocery stores. (Be careful not to buy coconut cream, which has sugar and a lot of fat.)

Photo by Alanna of A Veggie Venture

Don't you love the look of this Turkey, Tortellini, and Watercress soup from Alanna at A Veggie Venture? Alanna cautions to limit the tortellini if you're doing low carb, but I would recommend that you substitute Dreamfields macaroni for a more South Beach approved version.

Photo by Kalyn

This photo is my own favorite after-Thanksgiving Turkey Barley Soup. Barley is a great South Beach Diet food for phase two or three, and I love the combination of turkey and barley. If you're not following South Beach you can use potatoes instead of barley to make what I used to call Turkey Pot Pie Soup.

More Turkey Soups . . .

Here are some more soup recipes I found that didn't have a photo, but sounded good:

Leftover Turkey Lentil Soup at Seriously Good

Hot and Sour Turkey Soup from RecipeZaar

Italian White Bean Turkey Soup with Sage from Chef2chef.

(Added 11-24-2006: This year I made Leftover Turkey Soup with Double Mushrooms.)

I hope you can find one that appeals to you in this collection of turkey soup goodness. If you need to get a little more flavor into your turkey stock, here are a couple of products I recommend.counter customizable free hit
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  1. I must admit I'm not a huge turkey fan, but each of these would be delicious using chicken.

    Thanks for sharing and have a great Thanksgiving weekend.

  2. Geeze, I may have to do two turkeys just to make soup ;)
    Happy Thanksgiving

  3. I'm gonna just go ahead and admit it: I had turkey-barley soup for supper last night. A series of absurd coincidences led to it, and I may as well blog about it.
    Gotta go get the camera.

  4. Thanks for this wonderful list. Everything looks so delicious!


  5. i love this roundup of soups kalyn! i think the best part of thanksgiving is the leftovers. i can't wait to graze, graze, graze...! have a great turkeyday :)


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