Based on a French stew, Turkey Chorizo and Chicken Cassoulet Soup is a healthy and satisfying dinner perfect for a cold night.
When I was little my Dad started making Cassoulet, a French stew made with meat and beans. It usually includes duck and sausage with white beans. I loved it! My favorite Cassoulet’s have crispy bread crumbs on top. I crave this rich stew from time to time but duck confit (duck cooked in its own fat) is not exactly healthy. It’s superbly delicious but won’t fit into our heart healthy weeknight meals. Instead of banishing this delectable dish from our lives, I turned it upside down, shook it around and came up with Turkey Chorizo and Chicken Cassoulet Soup. It has all the wonderful flavor minus the cholesterol and heart clogging fat.
A little rye bread replaces the breadcrumbs but still brings that much beloved crunch of the breadcrumbs. I could eat bowlfuls of this heartwarming soup. It’s the perfect meal after a day of snowball fights and sledding. Happily we had such a day this year. Here in Georgia, we don’t get snow every year. In fact, we haven’t had snow in 3 years. Every year we pray for a little snow, just enough to build a snowman, have a snowball fight and sled down our little hill. 3 years ago, my little one got a sled for Christmas and this year was the first time we were able to use it.
If you watched the News a few weeks ago, you know Atlanta was at a total standstill for about 4 days. Having lived up North, we know to be prepared early. Last time we got snow, school was closed for a week so we prepared this time even though we were forecasted to be on the outskirts of the storm. Sadly so many people didn’t. My husband who works in Atlanta, closed his office and sent everyone home early. We checked our daughter out of school early and were able to enjoy the snow while other’s were stuck. We are so thankful all those poor children stuck at schools and on buses were able to get home safely.
We enjoyed snowball fights and watching our doggie chase the snow trying to eat it all. The next day we got together with our neighbors and their kids and let the kids sled down a hill. We were out for hours. My favorite part is being able to come home to a warm fire in the fireplace and mugs of hot chocolate. Playing in the snow can build up such an appetite. Turkey Chorizo and Chicken Cassoulet Soup is the perfect dinner for those nights. It is hearty enough to tame any growling tummies and will warm up any frosty hands and taste buds. You can also feel good about feeding it to your family. It is loaded with lean protein and fiber plus some vegetables. It will give you lots of energy for another round of snowball fights.
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