Start by having roasted a turkey in 2012. Preferably December. Hopefully, in your turkey-induced stupor, you had the wherewithal to save to turkey carcass. Maybe got a little clever and saved some meat on the bone (if family members allowed it: mine simply never found out.)
2013 is fresh with promise. Fresh with unbroken resolutions (for some, at least.) I’ve already eaten too much bread, because I am weak. And I love bread. Am willing to live with the gut strapped around me because of it. But I digress. Back to the turkey carcass…
Throw that into a soup pot. Actually, mine was too large to fit into a bag so I just threw it into my soup pot and refrigerated that until I was ready to use it.
Hey, if you have homemade gravy leftover from that crazy I-wanna-remake-Thanksgiving-dinner-on-December-17-just-because moment, dump that into the soup pot as well.
Now come the trimmings for this Welcome 2013 soup:
Grab some real good potatoes. I went to Costco and bought those mega-huge football size things (whoever grew those definitely catered to bunker folks betting on the Mayans to be right and the world to end 2012). Anyhow, those puppies are tasty good. Grab one of those and chop it up. Then add the usual soup suspects:
Carrots, onion, celery, chicken stock, salt and pepper.
Throw in some lentils to the mix. I said one cup originally, Husband said two.
I added one (because mamacita is always right). The final result was good. But not quite right. On the sly, I added Husband’s other cup (because mamacita is always right.) Perfect.
Then simmer. Simmer and think of all the things you are going to get done this year:
Visit the gym more often (or at all.)
Read more philosophy (or an ezine at least.)
Make a positive contribution to your community (or your household, at best.)
You can even go ahead and throw in the weight loss resolution. This soup won’t get in the way, too much. And it is all worth it anyway because when you have this hot bowl of goodness in front of you, and you go ahead and drizzle in some extra virgin olive oil (my late and great father-in-law’s tradition), anything is possible, particularily a successful 2013!
- 1 turkey carcass (leftover from roasting, preferably with meat on the bone)
- 5 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup turkey gravy
- 4 celery stalks, sliced
- 1 extra large potato, peeled and cubed
- 4 carrots, peeled and cubed
- 1 onion
- 2 cups of lentils
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Add all ingredients to soup bowl. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1 ½ - 2 hours. Adjust seasoning.