Throw smoked turkey, dried lentils, and a handful of other ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning, and you'll come home to a hearty and comforting meal. If you prefer to use dried oregano instead of the fresh, reduce the amount to 1/2 teaspoon. Dried herbs are very potent; a little goes a long way.
1 (8-ounce) smoked turkey leg
6 cups organic vegetable broth
1/2 pound dried lentils, rinsed and drained
1 (8-ounce) container refrigerated prechopped celery, onion, and bell pepper mix
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Plain fat-free Greek yogurt (optional)
Oregano sprigs (optional)
How to Make It
Place first 6 ingredients in a 3- to 4-quart electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 8 to 10 hours or until lentils are tender and turkey falls off the bone.
Remove turkey leg from cooker. Remove and discard skin. Shred meat; return to cooker, discarding bone. Ladle soup into bowls; garnish with yogurt and oregano sprigs, if desired.
This recipe has been retested for Cooking Light Slow Cooker Tonight, 2012
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FANTASTIC!!!!!!! My husband and I really enjoyed this recipe. I like other used 4 cups of veggie broth and 2 cups of chicken broth. We decided to serve it over brown rice and it tasted like a healthy version of red beans and rice. My husband is looking forward to leftovers and so am I.
This was absolutely faboulous. The recipe is so simple, but has wonderful flavor. I turned 8 servings into 4 main dish servings. My husband was crazy about this soup. I chopped my own vegetables and used the vegetable broth that I had on hand. Will definitely make this again.
I love how easy this is yet how delicious it tastes. Even our six year-old enjoyed it. This is a Cooking Light recipe, published in their Fresh Food Fast cookbook. The great thing about the recipe is the ease with which it can be adapted. Chicken would be a fine substitution for the turkey leg. Hot sauce would kick it up. It's fantastically easy for such yummy results. You can read my full review at Taking On Magazines: http://bit.ly/TrR57D
For a simple recipe, this is par excellence! I chopped my own veggies, but was unable to find organic vegetable broth at my local grocers. The organic dernier cri puts me off anyway, so I seamlessly substituted Swanson's fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth. I also added chopped carrots to the mix to top it off.
What a waste of my beautifully smoked turkey legs. If you like soup with no flavor, this is the way to go! I thought this was a cooking light recipe and was amazed that this was the first one I hated. Alas, it is Oxmoor...I was tricked. After adding double the pepper, red chili flakes, cumin, and liquid smoke, I will be able to eat a bowl of it. Even my garbage disposal will be disappointed.
As the other reviewers said, this is so easy to put in the crockpot and forget it... I couldn't find a smoked turkey leg, so used a regular turkey leg, and added about 1 T of liquid smoke. I served w/cornbread... so easy and so delish. Will add some garlic next time.
I was surprised at how good this was for such a simple recipe. I could not find a smoked turkey leg, but I did find a couple of smoked turkey wings and threw them both in. I used 4 c. vegetable broth and 2 c. chicken broth.
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