Organic Emily

Vegetable Turkey Barley or Quinoa Soup

Vegetable Barley Soup

This is such a delicious and simple healthy comfort meal!  You can make it with or without meat.  I like to use ground turkey or no meat at all.


1 lb. ground turkey or beef

1 onion, chopped

2 ribs celery, chopped

4 carrots, chopped

1/2 cup pearled barley or quinoa

1 tablespoon homemade “Emily’s Italian Seasoning” or store bought

2 bay leaves

4-6 small to medium Yukon gold or red potatoes, chopped

1 quart or 32. oz canned tomatoes, undrained

4 cups organic chicken broth

1 can green beans, drained

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Brown the turkey in a large dutch oven or pot in oil.  Add chopped onions, celery, carrots, barley and Italian seasoning, sauté for 10 minutes.  Add the bay leaves, potatoes, tomatoes and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil and let simmer until the veggies are tender.  Add the green beans and salt and pepper.  Serve with Parmesan cheese.

Emily Saddler

Emily is a Master Gardener, wife of a professional landscape contractor, homeschool mom of 7 awesome kids, yoga/pilates instructor, a clinical and master herbalist, licensed massage therapist and soon to be traditional naturopath. She is a very passionate advocate of organic home-grown food! Emily maintains a blog called “The Organic Suburban Farm Girl” where she shares gardening advice, delicious recipes made with fresh, organic ingredients, herbal and natural home care product recipes and loves teaching classes on gardening, plant identification and herbal remedy workshops. Check out the events and classes page for more info.

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