Soups and Chili

Z’s Loaded Cajun Soup

THM-FP, Keto, Low fat, Low carb

Cajun seasoning anyone?

The other night I got a hankering for something spicy….

Ever wonder why cajun seasoning is so awesome? Because it is full of yummy spices! I didn’t make a homemade one for this recipe, but I wish I did, now that I know what’s in it, it really is so easy to make.

  • salt
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • black pepper
  • onion powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • oregano
  • thyme
  • red pepper flakes

That’s it! It sure does make some yummy dishes too! Yum!

Question…What comes into your head when you pull out that jar of cajun seasoning? Yesterday, I asked my husband that question, and he said, “I think of something yummy and spicy”. I just laughed and he looked over at me, and said, “whats so funny?”. After I stopped chuckling, I told him, “that is so not what comes to my mind when I think of cajun seasoning!”.

…I picture this guy when I pull out a jar of cajun seasoning…This guy…

I know…my mind. It’s weird.

But that’s just not what cajun seasoning is! AT ALL! It’s not some nasty sweaty cajun dude. It’s just a seasoning with yummy spices. I know not all people have my kind of imagination, but I ALWAYS picture this guy when I go to use cajun seasoning in any of my recipes.

I know…try to get that guys image out of your head.

Picture this instead…

Ok, now that the happy cajun thoughts are back….

“Cajun cooking actually comes from the native French-speaking Acadian decendents inhabiting Louisiana and parts of other Southern states. The “holy trinity” of bell peppers, onion and celery form the base of most dishes. Parsley, bay leaves, and scallions are commonly used, as well as garlic and cayenne pepper.” -thespicehouse.com

Although I didn’t have any bell peppers, I think that they would taste good int his soup. Feel free to experiment!

This ^ turns into this…

A Need for spice

The other night when I made this soup, I looked in my fridge, and it was jam packed. I had bought way too many groceries this week, and my fridge was bursting at the seams! I decided to make up a hearty soup with all the ingredients I had in my fridge, so I started whipping up an idea in my head.

I thought, “what can you make with ground turkey, carrots, shredded cabbage, chicken broth, celery and …[looking over to my spice rack] CAJUN SEASONING!!!!???!!??!?”

“ooooooo, CAJUN SEASONING!!!”, I thought. SO, I started making something. I had the need for spice!

I have been on a Fuel Cycle this week (Trim healthy mama), so I had to make the soup in the fuel pull category. This is A FUEL PULL! Yay for spicy yumminess on your FP days!

It can easily be made a S or an E. If you want it ti be an S, add a bunch of cheese or sour cream, and if you want it to be an E, just add beans or quinoa to it! Easy peasy!

This soup came out SOOOOOO yummy! Full of flavor! It also keeps well in the fridge. I had it for lunch the next day and it was just as yummy!

z's loaded cajun soup
Im hungry again!

 

The Recipe

So, without further adieu….here it is….

Serves Serves 8

Z’s Loaded Cajun Soup

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 3 tbs minced garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 whole stalk of celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bag finely shredded cabbage (6 cups) or 1 whole cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 tbs salt
  • 1 tbs course ground pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2-4 tbs cajun seasoning

Instructions

  1. In a big pot or dutch oven, saute the butter, minced garlic and onion until soft.
  2. Add in the chopped carrots and celery. Cook until soft, mixing frequently.
  3. In a separate pan, brown the ground turkey and add the salt, cayenne pepper, paprika and cajun seasoning to the cooking meat. I like a lot of salt, but you can salt it to taste too 🙂
  4. After the veggies get soft, add in the chicken broth and water.
  5. Add in the rest of the spices.
  6. When the meat is cooked thoroughly, add the meat to the pot.
  7. Mix everything together let let simmer medium high for 20 minutes.
  8. About 3 minutes before serving, add 3/4 of the cabbage and turn the heat off.
  9. Serve with shredded cabbage on top and or a dollop of low fat sour cream. If you want an S or Keto, add lots of cheese (Colby jack).
  10. Enjoy!
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Enjoy! -Z

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