Light-n-Fit For the New Year — Smoked Turkey Taco Soup

Happy FIRST MONDAY OF 2013, everybody!  I hope this Monday finds you just as fine as a frog hair and getting back into the normal routine.  Here in our little corner of Texas, the kids are heading back to school, the holiday leftovers have either been finished up or tossed out, and now it’s time to get serious about those New Year’s Resolutions.  If your resolutions look like mine, you’re about to get busy working off the chocolate-covered confections, pecan pies, cups of eggnog, heapin’ helpin’s of mashed taters, and all the other off-the-scale yum-yum good eatin’ that goes with the Christmas free-for-all.

Just in case you’re working on getting back in shape, too.  We thought we’d share light recipes and work-out tips this week.

My favorite work-out tip:  Make workout time your reading time.  Having a good book to read while I’m on the elliptical machine not only makes the time pass quickly, it helps me convince myself to head out to the exercise room in the first place.  Diving into a story is like a little reward for all that hard work.

Here’s a new, easy-breezy light recipe we’re enjoying at our house:

 Smoked Turkey Taco Soup

2 cups shredded or chopped smoked turkey

8 cups chicken broth (more if you want it more soupy)

1 can white beans (drained)

1 can black beans (drained)

1 can pinto beans (drained)

1 lg can Mexi-corn (drained)

Salt and pepper to taste

Buy some thick slices of smoked turkey at the deli, or buy a smoked turkey breast, or use leftovers from Thanksgiving.  Shred or chop.  Combine all ingredients in pot, simmer for 30 minutes.  Serve over a few tortilla chips (use the baked kind or a shredded corn tortilla for fewer calories).  Sprinkle with a dab of grated low-fat Mexican-blend cheese or grated cheddar.

Yum!  Good and guilt-free.  Even the spoon is happy!

I asked some of my Facebook friends to chime in and share their calorie-saving foods or workout ideas too:

 Janice:  One of my instructors said if you do these three exercises everyday it will change your body: push-ups, squats, and crunches. She also says cardio makes you smaller but weight training changes your shape.
  Another one – I don’t remember exactly how it was worded but the gist of it is – no amount of workout will make up for a bad diet.

 Patricia:  Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.

Dena:  I love doing Zumba! Great workout and toning and its fun! I strive for three one hour workouts a week. It’s a very good stress reliever also.

CeCe:  Drink water.            

Carla: Strawberry – spinach smoothies!

Rachel: One never regrets a workout.

Anita: Remember – Round IS a shape!

Rachel: Put a dollar in a jar every time you workout. Then treat yourself to, say, a book by Lisa Wingate. 

Julie:  Baked oatmeal- whole rolled oats soaked over night in a casserole dish (in milk or water). In the morning add raisin, dates, and slivered almonds, pecans, or walnuts, top with a little brown sugar and cinnamon and bake at 300 for about 45 minutes.  Then for exercise afterwards, go outside and play frisbee with your dog(s). It’s a great weekend treat!

Susan: Exercise tip!! Get a puppy. One that will grow into a large(ish) dog that NEEDS to run daily to keep its energy level inside the home at a reasonable and tolerable level. Begin walking and running with it as soon as it understands the leash isn’t for eating. Repeat at least twice daily. For life. It works. I know. Just got a puppy in November. Started walking and running this week. Already feel lighter.

Rachel’s suggestion is my personal favorite ;o) but I love them all.  May this be the year all your resolutions come to pass… or at least, all the ones that matter most.


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  1. says

    lisa, this is a fab recipe. sometimes i whip it up at night using a rotissiere chicken from the grocery, but i’ve never tried it with turkey…will do! you can also serve it with soft tortillas instead of fried, and some folks like to top it with guacamole, sour cream, all the “fixins” although that all adds calories.i also use black-eyed peas with jalapenos sometimes, it’s a very flexible recipe, and for those who don’t like soup, just use the soft tortilla to make it into a burrito. still yummy. happy 2013!

  2. Sharon says

    That smoked turkey soup/chili sounds wonderful, Lisa. It’s a great idea for using the leftover smoked turkey, but in my case I’ll need to go buy some. I also love reading e-books while using the treadmill or recumbent bike. Sometimes I keep exercising to read on to the end of the chapter :o).

  3. says

    The taco soup looks easy and tasty, Lisa! Thanks for that. I love the “get a puppy” idea. I think little kids are much like puppies – they keep you bending, lifting, and chasing… Plus, they get you outside. Once mine get a little older, I’ll be in need of a puppy. Wishing everyone a healthy happy new year! XO,

  4. Rachel Hauck says

    Lisa, such great suggestions!! I love this! And the soup has my mouth watering. I’m going to make it.


  5. lisa Wingate says

    Happy Monday, Girls! Beth, my kiddos are big enough that I might need to get a puppy too. I love that exercise idea.

    Rachel, hope you enjoy the soup.

    Happy Monday!

  6. Lisa Wingate says

    Anita’s reminder cracked me up, too. Round is definitely a shape. Many good things are round ;o)

    We love the smoky flavor of this soup. If you want it a little more smokey, you can add a few drops of ham-flavored soup base or liquid smoke.

  7. Alice Stevens says

    Thank you for the recipe. It sounds delicious. I don’t comment often, but I follow your blog all the time. I enjoy seeing what you girls will talk about each week. Keep up the good work. I’m looking forward to your new book also.

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