Apple Turkey Butternut Soup (Slow Cooker, Paleo)

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We had a cold snap about a week ago leaving me all nostalgic for fall to join me in food festivities. I love fall food. The cinnamon, the pumpkin, the apples mmmmm!!! I believe this year, fall actually officially begins September 22, but there is NO WAY I am waiting until then to start releasing tasty and fun fall treats.

Speaking of treats, let’s talk about this butternut squash soup with apples and turkey and carrots. This one is a hit, in fact it spawned all kind of ideas for fall soups that I will be loving to try in the upcoming weeks. The best part? It was made in the slow cooker and therefore took me all of 15 minutes to prepare! This was a treat to me as busy as my schedule can tend to get.

Without further ado,

Apple Turkey Butternut Soup in the Slow Cooker

2 large gala apples, peeled and chopped

1 smallish butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped into cubes

1 lb. ground turkey

4-5 celery stalks, chopped into large chunks

7 small or 4 large carrots, sliced

1 large onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 can pumpkin puree’

6 cups chicken stock

1 tbsp +1 tsp sea salt 

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp black pepper

4 sprigs of thyme, fresh or dried (if dry, use a tsp of each)

2 sprigs sage, fresh or dried

1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp Mrs. Dash or garlic herb salt-free spice blend of some sort

1/2 cup almond milk

fresh green onion, sliced (optional for garnish)

fresh parsley, chopped (optional for garnish)

Add all veggies, broth and seasonings into the crock pot, then add the turkey on top. Bundle the fresh herbs as pictured below (because the stems are not delectable) with butchers twine to be removed at the end of cooking and discarded. Cook on low for 6-8 hours and then remove the turkey to a plate for crumbling and with an immersion blender or blender puree  the vegetables and broth and return to the crock pot along with crumbled turkey (this creates texture for the soup). If you like, leave lots of chunks for chewing, or puree everything together for a smooth creamy “potato soup” like consistency.

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