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Budget Bits: Turkey Barley Tomato Soup

Turkey Barley Tomato Soup
(modified from the Taste of Home Light & Tasty cookbook)


Serves 6

1 lb. lean ground turkey – $1.99
1 cup sliced or baby carrots – $.69
1 medium onion, chopped – $.45
3 celery rib, chopped – $.79
1 Tbsp. minced garlic – $.40
1 envelope chili seasoning, divided – $.29
3-1/2 cups water
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained – $.50
3/4 c. quick cooking barley or brown rice – $.75
1/2 tsp salt or to your taste $.15

Total Cost = $6.01
Cost Per Serving = $1.00

Prep Day: In a Dutch oven (or a slow cooker once meat is no longer pink), cook the turkey, carrots, onion, celery, garlic and 1 tablespoon chili seasoning over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Stir in the water, tomatoes and remaining chili seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Cool and freeze. Package up rice or barley and put in pantry for future use.

Serve Day: thaw. Add barley or rice; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.


I’m a married mother of 3. Who loves living in Minnesota, prep ahead cooking, and couldn’t live without them now. No more worries about the age old question “What’s for Dinner?”. I am also transitioning my family into the slow food and clean eating movement. I believe it’s best if we can eat food in it’s most natural state. I love to share the information I have been gaining through this whole experience. I’m also a trained personal chef. Cooking is a passion and hobby of mine. Hope your are enjoying the content of my blog.

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