Turnip and Cannelini Soup and Spa Martinis :)

I picked up my co-op veggies last week and when I saw it included turnips I thought “Now what the heck am I going to do with these ?”   I’ve always thought I didn’t like them but I decided I’d try to put them to good use.   I googled some different turnip recipes and after altering some of the ingredients from a few different recipes I came up with this one.  I was VERY skeptical and thought my family probably wouldn’t like it (I even had a back-up meal ready in case it was disgusting!)   To my surprise it was so good and my whole family thought so too :)  Even my picky husband went back for seconds :)

Turnip and Cannelini Soup

Turnip and Cannelini Soup

2 T olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 cans cannelini beans

1 box (32 oz.) veggie or chicken broth

1 bay leaf

1 pound turnips, peeled and chopped

2 large carrots, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 tsp paprika

dash of cayenne

1 tsp himalayan sea salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Saute onion and garlic in olive oil for a few minutes.  Add remaining ingredients (except for salt and pepper) and simmer for 30-45 minutes until veggies are tender.  Season with S&P.  Serve with a salad and some crusty whole wheat bread. It was the perfect meal considering it’s in the 50s here …. YAY cool weather !!

I will leave you with this fun recipe in time for the weekend…this was inspired by a drink I had at Brio Tuscan Grill….so refreshing !

Spa Martini

Spa Martini (Serves 2)

4 ounces vodka

4 ounces club soda

Juice of 4 key limes (or 2 regular limes)

4 slices of cucumbers, diced (plus 2 for garnish)

4 basil leaves, julienned

Add ice, shake and pour…YUMMO !

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About Jennifer

I am the mother of 2 beautiful children, Presley-7 and Cash-5 and married to an amazing husband and father, Todd. I have always thought of myself as a healthy person...I've always loved sports, working out and eating healthy. However, looking back, I've actually had a lot of unhealthy habits. I've tried every diet out there : Low fat (How did I think eating a box of fat free snackwells cookies was healthy?), Low carb (can you say fried pork skins GROSS)... as well as a long stint with disordered eating which started in college as a way to avoid those "freshman 15".
Well it wasn't until my 30s that I realized those kind of diets are just a quick fix, not a lifestyle. I think all foods can fit into a healthy diet as long as you practice moderation. I have found that I feel and look my best when I am eating mostly plant-based foods. Not to say I won't indulge in a filet every now and again... but I find that I crave meat less and less ! I have recently been fascinated with trying new vegetarian recipes...I NEVER thought I could give up chicken...used it eat it everyday, but I actually don't miss it at all.
I am trying to pass these healthy eating habits onto my children so they can avoid some of the diseases related to unhealthy diets.

Thanks for reading and hope you have a healthy day !!!!


  1. Katie Stewart says:

    I didn’t get any turnips…just the greens in my csa bag. Strange huh?

  2. Jean Harrison says:

    why don’t you have a picture for your posts?

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