Posted in Get More Veggies, Inexpensive Main Dishes, Instant Pot Recipes, sides, Uncategorized

Got Extra Veggies? Make Veggie Chicken Soup

Veggie Chicken Soup

  • Cost per serving: .70¢
  • Cost per batch: $7.09
  • Servings: 10 servings


  • 1/4 C purple onion diced
  • 1 t minced garlic or 2 cloves of fresh diced garlic
  •  2 T. olive olive oil
  •  2 cubes Knorr Chicken Flavor Bouillon (or 1 cube for every cup of water if you are using traditional bouillon cubes)
  • 5  C water
  • 3 medium sized red potatoes (peels on)
  • 2 medium sized carrots
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 medium sized zuchini (peels on)
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach (optional)
  • Any other veggies, celery, squash, pumpkin, bell peppers, etc.
  • 1 frozen chicken breast
  • salt and pepper to taste

Prep Time: aprox. 30 minutes


  1. Saute your onions until transparent (2-3 minutes). I reccomend doing this in your instant pot or in the soup pan you’ll be putting the rest of your ingredients into. If you have celery to put into your soup, saute it with your onions.
  2. Add the garlic to the onion and saute for 1 minute then turn the Instant Pot to the warming mode or if using a stove turn off your burner.
  3. Put in your 2 bouillon cubes and 5 cups of water.
  4.  Turn your Instant Pot back onto saute or the burner on your stove to medium and let the broth heat up while you gather and chop your veggies.
  5. Add all veggies listed above and more if you’d like–except the spinach!
  6. Add your frozen chicken breast into the soup to boil. I like to do this to avoid needlessly creating extra dirty dishes–especially since we don’t have a ton of cookware here in our hotel. But you could thaw and then cook the chicken however you like before adding it to the soup.
  7. Let your soup boil for about 10-15 minutes depending on how cruchy you like your veggies.
  8. Fish out the chicken breast with tongs or a large spoon and dice it or shred it with a fork and then put it back into the soup.
  9. Throw in the two handfuls of spinach right before you are about to serve the soup.
  10.  Add salt and pepper as needed.
  11. Switch the instant pot setting back to hold warm.

I can’t say enough about minced garlic! You can buy it in small jars in the store and it lasts forever. Or you can buy it fresh and mince it. It adds a ton of flavor to food and lasts for a long time in the fridge. It was one of a few ingredients  I bought to cook with in our hotel over the two months we’ve been here. I use it with meat, veggies, and in fresh salsa all of the time. I use the brand shown above and have seen it at almost every grocery store I’ve been too. Consider picking some up.

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Posted in Get More Veggies, Ground Turkey Recipes, Inexpensive Main Dishes, Recipes, Uncategorized

Easy Ground Turkey Cabbage Wraps

Cost per serving: 42¢

Yield: 8-10 servings

Cost per batch: $4.63

I love thai food and lettuce wraps! The crunch of the lettuce with the flavorful meat makes me drool just thinking about it! But did you know you can make them using cabbage, ground turkey, and just two sauces?

These wraps are great if you are trying to eat more veggies and don’t have a lot of time. You just brown up ground turkey, make brown rice or use left-over brown rice, and then put the meat and rice into a cabbage leaf and then pour on your sauce of choice (or mix the sauce into the ground turkey beforehand). I made two different kinds using the two sauces shown below.

Sweet Chile Sauce and Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbeque Sauce

I cooked my brown rice with a little chicken boullion. Want to add more veggies? Throw a diced carrot in with with your brown rice as it’s cooking for more flavor and veggies!

Easy Ground Turkey Cabbage Wraps:


  • 1 head of green cabbage
  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cube chicken buollion (optional, but yummy!)
  • 1 package of ground turkey
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Barbeque sauce and/or Thai red chile sauce
  • 1/4 C green onions (optional)
  • pineapple (optional)


  • Cook brown rice with a 1/2 cube of bullion for every 1 C of brown rice and 2-3 cups of water (water amounts vary depending on how you are cooking your rice). Cook until soft.
  • Now brown your ground turkey and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add Thai sauce or barbeque sauce to as much of your ground turkey as you want or just allow people to add their own sauce as desired when serving the wraps.
  • Gently pull the leaves from your head of cabbage and stack onto a plate or cut the leaves in half for smaller wraps that are easier for kids to eat.
  • Stuff each leaf with meat, rice, green onions, and pineapple if desired.


thai wrap
Ground Turkey Thai Wrap