the chicken soup recipe to end all recipes

I have a confession.

The soup, like most food I make, has no recipe. I’m sorry if this doesn’t work for you. It’s all made up as I go. And it’s soup. You seriously cannot go wrong. There is nothing like a homemade soup on a freezing cold Minnesota day.

I had a rotisserie chicken left from dinner one night and there was a ton of chicken left. Normally I do boil the bones to make bone broth, but I wasn’t feeling that today. I knew what I was working with and where my motivation level was and I just did it. That being said, I saved the bones and the chicken and will make bone broth another day (FRUGAL).

I know you’re wondering just HOW I made this beautiful soup. Here you go.

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3 (main) Ingredient Chili

One of our favorite winter meals is a simple chili that I prepare quickly and can be thrown in the crock pot for the day or if I have enough time, I can throw it together and let it simmer for a bit before serving. It’s a nice easy take on chili and in my opinion, much more child-friendly, but hardy enough to fill my sixteen year old, 6’2″165 pound son up completely

What you’ll need:

1 lb ground turkey (I’ve found this works best for flavor, but I’m sure any ground meat would work)

1-28oz can of diced tomatoes

2-cans of chickpeas/garbanzo beans

chopped onion (you can put as much or as little as you want)

chopped garlic (again, to your liking!)

a little olive oil

chili seasoning (I use Penzy’s Chili 3000. It’s not too spicy for the younger kids and has good flavor)

Okay, let’s get started! I’m wishing I had pictures right about now, but really this one is so simple, you don’t even need to see it.

First, chop up your onion and garlic and toss into a large pot with some olive oil. Sautee for a few minutes and then add the ground turkey. Brown the turkey.

Now add your diced tomatoes and chickpeas/garbanzos. Add a can of water. Season to taste with chili seasoning (2 Tbs, maybe? I tend to just shake it in. I mean, who has time to measure when you’re already strapped for time!)

Let simmer for a bit. This sometimes means thirty minutes or maybe an hour on a lower flame, or all day in the crock pot on low. Whatever you do, it’s delish and there’s something for everyone! I serve with some warmed rosemary olive oil bread from Target’s bakery. Super good. Just tear off a chunk for each of you, toss some cheese on the chili if you like that, and you’re on your way!

So, now that you’ve decided to make this, let’s look at the price for this meal.

$1.29 x 2 for garbanzos.

$5.99ish for ground turkey

$2.00 for the big can of diced tomatoes.

You’ve probably already got onions and garlic on hand, and if you don’t, that’s okay. A pack of 3 garlic is probably about $1.30 and it can be used later so it won’t go to waste. You can get a bag of onion for cheap, but if you just want one because funds are low, that’s cool too. So, for about $10, you can feed your family a nutritious, filling, yummy meal. For my family of me and four kids (oldest is man-sized), I often double the recipe for ease and freeze a few jars to pull out later, leave some in the refrigerator for quick meals throughout the week and that still leaves us enough for dinner!! Enjoy!

**Did you know…fresh garlic has strong antibiotic and antiviral properties? I always load up my meals in the winter with it to help boost my kids’ immune systems against colds and all the germs at school!