Mom's Turkey Soup

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Mom’s Turkey Soup


Reserved Organic Homemade Bone Broth

In loving memory of Lynne M. Taylor

By far one of the BEST recipes of the year.  Pretty much perfection.  And super easy if you have an hour or so during post Thanksgiving clean up.  I’ll dare repeat my October matra, Please don’t waste that BIRD!

First, did you read my October blog on Bone Broth?  If you haven’t, ou might want to:  A bit longwinded, but a fun “how to” on making bone broth from your holiday bird carcass and why it is incredibly good for you.

Once you’ve done that, then we can do THIS!  Make the soup.  YUMBO.


Bone Broth & Bay Leaves = Beautiful!

Here’s what we’ll need:

  • 1 Cup of your aforementioned homemade turkey bone broth
  • 1/2 Cup of the set aside “remaining delicious useable chunks” of Turkey meat
  • 3 Cups purified water (we use a reverse osmosis filter on our tap)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 whole organic yellow onion (diced), (You can use any onion mix too, think red, scallions, etc to add even more flavor!)
  • 2-3 organic carrots (chopped)
  • 2-3 sticks organic celery (chopped)
  • additional organic fresh seasonal veggies.  I like to add zucchini, squash, peppers, potatoes,etc. or whatever is fresh from Dr. Eric’s garden!


    Chunky Chopped Vegetables: pictured here are onions, zucchini, red bell peppers, & red Cubanelle peppers, in addition to celery & carrots, because that’s what we had fresh from Dr. Eric’s garden

  • 1/4 C organic brown rice.  You may substitute other fun healthy (or un) grains, etc here – ie: quinoa, amaranth, flax seed, chia seed, orzo, alphabet noodes (do they still make those? that’s what my mom always used!  Super fun but not gluten free, I’m afraid)
  • 2-3 cloves fresh organic garlic cloves (minced, pressed, chopped, or whole – your preference)
  • 1/2 tsp celery seed
  • 1 Tbs fresh rosemary (minced)
  • 1 Tbs fresh thyme (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1Tbs Salt – I know, that seems like a lot, but trust me, that bone broth you made is LOW sodium thus far. (Preferably Himalayan Pink or Sea Salt as those contain added health benefits)
  • juice of one organic lemon
  • optional: red pepper flakes or finely minced fresh organic jalapeno, serrano, or cayenne pepper to taste*
  • optional toppings: organic fresh chopped parsely & freshly grated Parmesan Cheese


    don’t forget to add your set aside “remaining delicious usable chunks” of meat!

Ready?  Ok.  Get out a big pot.  I like to use my Le Creuset Dutch Oven.  Or, you can do this in your crock pot if you need to run some errands, go to work, pick up kids, etc.  Just put it on low and off you go!


Put everything in the pot.  Bring to a boil.  Then turn down the flame and simmer for about an 1/2 hour.  Let cool.   Top with parsley and parmesan.**


* If you are interested in making an Albondingas-like Mexican-style turkey soup, substitute Cumin for Rosemary & Thyme, be sure to add the hot peppers, put in some corn, and top with fresh chopped cilantro!


brown rice, rainbow quinoa, chia seed

** We like to serve the soup with a side of cheese toast (Rudi’s gluten free bread with Tillamook extra sharp cheddar!)

AND, finally, a quick reminder of just HOW DARN GOOD FOR YOU the bone broth is:

  • reduces pain & inflammation, makes your joints more supple
  • helps you have healthier hair, skin, & nails
  • heals your gut & promotes healthy digestion
  • reduces your need for meat & protein
  • helps get the toxins out.
  • promotes healthy bones.
  • helps promote healthy sleep
  • inhibits infection

Everything in the Pot


Hey and guess what?! **HOT TIP** – maybe you are the one, my reader who is infuriated by these cooking posts, or maybe you WANT to eat healthy, but just don’t have the time?  Or maybe you really hate cooking!  I have a solution for you!  Our dear friend, and LONGTIME  Santa Monica Healing Arts client, Claire Chew, will deliver homemade organic bone broth in glass jars to you in your very own home at a very reasonable price!  And not just broth, but all kinds of amazing homemade healthy healing foods…Check it out!

Another thought…maybe bone broth just isn’t enough…and your bones & body are still inexplicably aching!  Well, Dr. Eric is always available to help you with an adjustment, acupuncture, cleanse, or whatever you may need to cure your ails.  His gorgeous new office awaits you.  Treat yourself! 310-207-0222


We like to serve the soup with a side of cheese toast (Rudi’s gluten free bread with Tillamook extra sharp cheddar!)

Cheers..& Stay Healthy!

Coby Dahlstrom (aka #mrsdrdahl)


Dr. Eric P. Dahlstrom, D.C., L.Ac.
Santa Monica Healing Arts
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