Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Servings - approx.16   Serving size - approx. 1 1/2 cup   Points Plus per serving - 3 Points+
Calories - 115.5,   Total Fat - 1.7g,   Carb. - 17.7g,   Protein - 8.1g,   Fiber - 1.8g


1 box Uncle Ben's Long Grain & Wild Rice Original Recipe
1 TBS olive oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups chopped celery ( use the leafy parts too if you have them ) 
2 cups raw cut carrots OR 2 cups cooked carrot slices
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 fresh bay leaves ( or one dried bay leaf ) 
1 - 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups sliced and then roughly chopped fresh mushrooms ( I sometimes get the presliced ones to save time and they are often sliced way too big...so I just run the knife though them to make them rough chopped) 
2 - (32 oz.) boxes of low sodium, fat free chicken stock
1 cup leftover corn kernels OR 1 cup frozen corn kernels
2 cups diced, cooked turkey breast meat
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley  
juice of half a lemon

1.  Prepare the rice according to pkg directions WITHOUT adding any fat ( butter or olive oil).  Cook the rice until it is almost done ( 15 - 20 min).  It's ok if there is still a lot of liquid.  Take off heat and set aside. 

2.  In a large stock pot or dutch oven, heat the olive oil over med-high heat.  Add the onion, celery, and raw carrots, if using.  If you are using cooked carrots, you will add them later.  Cook for 5 - 6 minutes or until they start to soften.  Add in the garlic, bay leaf ( leaves), and thyme and cook for 1 more minute.  Add in the mushrooms.  Allow mushrooms to start to soften, 2 - 3 minutes.  Add in all of the chicken stock. 

3.  Cover the pot loosely and allow the soup to come to a boil.  Turn down to simmer.  Simmer, loosely covered until the vegetables are soft.  ( 15 - 20 minutes or so)  Add in the reserved rice mixture, cooked or frozen corn, cooked carrots ( if using cooked ones), parsley and turkey.   Season with salt and pepper, to taste.  Continue to simmer until heated through.  Squeeze half a lemon into the soup.  Remove bay leaf ( leaves).   Enjoy! 


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