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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Turkey Rice Soup and Chocolate Brownie Waffles

I love Turkey leftovers! The rest of this week will center around using up leftover turkey. Yesterday was chilly, so it was a perfect opportunity to make a nice pot of soup. I had leftover turkey broth, so decided on Turkey Rice Soup. It was comforting, hearty and delicious. Mr.B gobbled it up, much to my surprise, since this child stays clear of any cooked carrot or celery. This is a great way to use up that dark meat, for I find it imparts a richer flavor to the soup.Quick, easy and healthy, due to the use of brown rice.


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Turkey Rice Soup

1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 large carrot, grated
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 Tbs olive oil
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 bay leaf
3 C turkey broth ( chicken is fine as well)
1 C water
1/2 C brown rice
2 C dark meat turkey, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste

In a medium soup pot, heat oil over Med heat. Add in onion, celery and carrot and cook until onions become soft and translucent. Add turkey broth, water, thyme, bay leaf, brown rice and turkey. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 hr, until the rice is cooked through. Season with salt and pepper.

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Sometimes a girl just needs chocolate. In any way, shape, or form. I love this recipe because it gives you the chocolate flavor, without too much sugar. I must admit I've served this for breakfast on an occasion or two, but I think it serves as an elegant dessert. Served with fresh strawberries and/or bananas to make it a bit less of a guilty pleasure.


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Chocolate Brownie Waffles

2 Tbs butter/ margarine, melted
1 egg
2 Tbs sugar
3 Tbs cocoa powder
1 C flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 C milk
1/4 C chocolate chips
whipped cream
chocolate sauce
nuts
fresh strawberries or bananas

Warm up waffle iron. Meanwhile, in a bowl whisk together butter, egg, sugar, salt and cocoa powder. Add in flour and baking powder and slowly add in milk, until batter is smooth ( a bit thicker than pancake batter). Fold in chocolate chips. Pour onto hot waffle iron and cook for 5 minutes. Serve with fresh berries or bananas, a dollop of whipped cream, chocolate sauce and nuts.

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