I hate doing stuff like “rice” or “pasta” with quotation marks because I know it certainly makes me roll my eyes when I see it, but I promise this one is worth it! I’m a big fan of soup in the wintertime. It’s nourishing, comforting, and budget-friendly. It’s a great way to clean up your diet and your finances after the holidays.

Speaking of finances, while I did indulge in some post-holiday shopping, I’m still feeling the effects of the Fiscal Femme 30-Day Money Cleanse I did this fall and really tuning in to the “why” of my purchases and noting what’s essential, what’s practical or worth it, and what’s downright frivolous or simply an emotional buy. If you want to join the next group of cleansers on January 15th, you can save $20 when you sign up using the code JESSMONEY.

On the food front, on New Years Day and into that first week of the year, I like to eat a lot of green stuff. Maybe it’s a little superstitious and silly, but I like the idea that the visual symbolism will help me attract money in the new year. Soup is one of my favorite ways to do that. This time of year a lot of my clients ask for low-carb recipes. I realized that so many of my soup recipes call for beans, peas, or lentils, so I finally whipped this up to provide an alternative. Because rice obviously is a carb, I swapped in cauliflower rice here. It’s a delicious substitute that provides plenty of filling fiber plus key nutrients like vitamin A, B-vitamins, and potassium.


To make this paleo-compliant, swap out the olive oil for coconut oil. Another delicious, nutritious swap would be to use bone broth in place of the regular chicken or veggie broth.

Low-Carb Turkey & Rice Soup

Serves 6


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 lb organic ground turkey
  • 4 leeks, sliced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped kale
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen riced cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine (optional)
  • 8 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth


  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add turkey and cook until browned. Set aside.
  2. prepare kale and cauliflower rice according to package directions . Set aside.
  3. In a large stock pot, heat remaining oil. Add leeks and carrots and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté another minute until fragrant. Add spices and toss well to coat. If using, add wine and raise heat. Bring to a boil and reduce down by half. Lower heat again and add mushrooms and turkey. Stir well.
  4. Add broth and raise heat again to bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Serve hot.

Nutrition information (via USDA Supertracker) per serving (about 2 cups of soup)

% of Daily Target or Limit
Total Calories 315 16% limit
Protein 23 g 50% target
Carbohydrate 21 g 16% target
Dietary Fiber 5 g 18% target
Total Sugars 6 g No daily target or limit
Added Sugars 0 g 0% limit
Total Fat 16 g No daily target or limit
Saturated Fat 4 g 16% limit
Monounsaturated Fat 7 g No daily target or limit
Polyunsaturated Fat 4 g No daily target or limit
Linoleic Acid 3 g 23% target
α-Linolenic Acid 0.3 g 28% target
Omega 3 – EPA 10 mg No daily target or limit
Omega 3 – DHA 5 mg No daily target or limit
Cholesterol 54 mg 18% limit
Calcium 125 mg 12% target
Potassium 904 mg 19% target
Sodium 184 mg 8% limit
Copper 541 µg 60% target
Iron 4 mg 22% target
Magnesium 56 mg 18% target
Phosphorus 319 mg 46% target
Selenium 24 µg 43% target
Zinc 3 mg 33% target
Vitamin A 530 µg RAE 76% target
Vitamin B6 0.6 mg 47% target
Vitamin B12 1.0 µg 42% target
Vitamin C 46 mg 61% target
Vitamin D 0 µg 1% target
Vitamin E 2 mg AT 12% target
Vitamin K 392 µg 435% target
Folate 82 µg DFE 20% target
Thiamin 0.2 mg 15% target
Riboflavin 0.5 mg 43% target
Niacin 10 mg 74% target
Choline 84 mg 20% target

Some other soup recipes you may like:

Broccoli Rabe Chickpea Tomato Soup

What’s your favorite soup? Have you ever done a money cleanse? 

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