Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Simple Turkey Soup with Whole Wheat Couscous

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Last year I shared my technique for making turkey (or chicken) stock with the Thanksgiving turkey bones. Well this year I perfected it! So I was ecstatic when the in-laws gave me the Christmas turkey carcass this year! (yes, yes… still a food geek.)

I pretty much follow the technique I outlined in the old post but I now add kosher salt, fresh thyme, fresh sage and a handful of whole cloves during the boiling process. I also boil it forever until about 1/4 of it cooks down and then fill it with more water and boil it down again. Like I sad in the original post, the double boil technique really gives a flavorful broth and the fresh herbs and cloves really add an amazing dimension to the stock.

I made the broth last night and this morning I took a few cups and made a simple soup with what I had lying around. I love couscous in the soup (I bought a case of whole grain online-It’s the only place I can find it anymore.) It creates this fun texture and like the brown rice or bulgur, I don’t car if it gets overly “mushy”.

This time I actually measured out the ingredients for my soup so I can post more then just a loose idea. Normally I take the broth add stuff and eat. :) Seriously.. it’s that easy. Simple Turkey Soup with Whole Wheat Couscous

  • 6 cups turkey/chicken stock (already seasoned with salt and spices)
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 2 cups carrots chunk sliced
  • 3-4 stalks of celery chopped
  • 6 oz of cooked chicken/ turkey meat pulled from the bone
  • 1/2 cups whole wheat couscous (110g)

Bring the stock with the onion, carrots, celery and turkey meat to a boil. Cook for about 15 minutes.

Add the couscous, cover a lower to a simmer. Simmer about 10 minutes.

Makes just over 8 cups. You could add more stock to make more servings but I purposely make it “thick” as the couscous doesn’t add as much “meat” as say rice or egg noodles.

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Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
8 1 Cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
170 4g 3g old: 3 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
6g 1g 21g 12g

See other recipes using: broth, carrots, celery, couscous, leftover turkey, stock, turkey

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    December 27, 2008

    Roni, have you looked at Trader Joes for whole wheat couscous. I bought some there awhile ago (its sitting in my dorm room now) but maybe they do not have it anymore.


    December 27, 2008

    Forgot to check last time but you are right, they do have some. I just wish it was closer for me to get there! My local grocery store had some but they stopped carrying it. :(


    December 27, 2008

    I remembered your post from last year, and I was at my Mom's this year while she was removing the turkey from the bone, so I got the carcass, and I'm boiling it right now. I can't wait! You give me such great ideas, Roni! I really appreciate you. It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas...I'm so happy for you. You'll have to be sure to tell us about all the "kitchen" gifts you received.


    December 29, 2008

    I don't know if they will do it, but try asking your store to carry it again. Some stores will get the item back if you ask. My family has even gotten longs drug store to carry Cookies from Hawaii for a few years. We don't eat them often anymore so they stopped carrying them again. It's worth a shot to ask, the worst they will say is no.

    Mandy A

    January 27, 2009

    roni - strange question - but what do you serve this with? Since it is quite low calorie... do you just have two servings? Or serve it along side of something else? :) Thank you!


    January 30, 2009

    Love your site. I also have begun to share my recipes on a blog. I look forward to trying out the couscous soup...may have to substitute macaroni for today, but will get couscous next time I shop.


    January 30, 2009

    Sometimes 2 servings or I pair it with a sandwich or wrap. Some lean ham, laughing cow and veggies on my fav lite bread or roll. :) now I'm hungry! LOL


    May 13, 2014

    Roni I just found your site. I started weight watchers a week ago and I found your website today. It's great Thank you