Food, Nutrition and Cooking

Is it soup yet?

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Even though the thermometer says it’s over 40 degrees, the chill of winter pervades the air. 

I love soup; it’s comforting, nourishing and delicious. Try this quick recipe for:

Hearty Turkey Sausage Soup (c) 2013 Chef Up to the Plate

64 oz low sodium, low fat chicken stock

3 turkey sausage links (sweet, hot or a combination), casings removed

1/2 head of fennel, slice thinly

2 large carrots, sliced into rounds, then cut into half moons

1 can garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed and drained again

10+ ounces of cleaned and chopped swiss chard, kale or spinach (ok to use frozen)

In a large soup pot, heat broth to a simmer. Break the sausage into small meatball sized pieces and add to pot. Continue to simmer about 5 minutes, then add carrots and fennel and cook another 10 minutes. Add greens, garbanzo beans and salt and pepper to taste until all is heated through and greens have wilted. 

Serves ~ 6

Author: ssleedsrd1843

Sari Schlussel-Leeds, MS, RD, CDN is a Registered Dietitian who loves to cook and to eat! Her love of both naturally led to a career in nutrition. After years practicing clinical nutrition, Sari now focuses on Nutrition Education. Sari’s limits her private practice to the counseling of adults specializing in medical nutrition therapy. With “moderation” as her mantra, Sari knows that no matter what the condition, eating needs to be pleasurable. Her blog,, is a forum reflecting that mantra with healthful and delicious foods as well as tips for a healthy lifestyle. All content of is the intellectual property of Sari Schlussel-Leeds, MS, RDN, CDN

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