Creamy Sausage, Kale, and Wild Rice Soup

creamy sausage, kale, and wild rice soup

Food memories have a way of marking significant times in life, like the delicious carrot cake we had on our wedding day, making nobake cookies with my mom, and learning about mixing corn and mashed potatoes together with my grandma. Four years ago when I was traveling to frequent oncologist appointments, I fondly remember enjoying a bowl of turkey, kale, and wild rice soup afterwards with my mom and baby Lucy. It became something I could actually look forward to in an otherwise dreary time. Years later, I still dream of that soup, so I decided to create my own version I can enjoy at home whenever I want!

I partnered with Horizon Organic to bring this soup recipe to you, because while I want my girls to get the benefit of a delicious soup full of nutritious whole food ingredients, I don’t want any of the weird stuff that you find in non-organic produce and cartons of milk.

creamy sausage, kale, and wild rice soup

Creamy Sausage, Kale, and Wild Rice Soup
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
1 hr 45 min
3648 calories
232 g
600 g
242 g
135 g
102 g
3062 g
9818 g
38 g
2 g
125 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
3062g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3648
Calories from Fat 2171
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 242g
373%
Saturated Fat 102g
508%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 27g
Monounsaturated Fat 98g
Cholesterol 600mg
200%
Sodium 9818mg
409%
Total Carbohydrates 232g
77%
Dietary Fiber 13g
52%
Sugars 38g
Protein 135g
Vitamin A
60%
Vitamin C
201%
Calcium
106%
Iron
80%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 5 Italian style sausages, removed from casing
  2. 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  3. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 2 celery stalks, chopped
  5. 1 bunch of kale, finely shopped
  6. 6 cups of turkey broth
  7. 1/2 cup brown rice
  8. 1/2 cup black wild rice
  9. 1 bay leaf
  10. 2 teaspoons cumin
  11. 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  12. salt and pepper to taste
  13. 1/2 stick butter
  14. 1/2 cup flour
  15. 2.5 cups milk
Instructions
  1. Add chopped onion to raw sausage before browning sausage. Add minced garlic and sauté for one minute before adding the broth, rice, celery, and seasoning. Add the finely chopped kale and stir as is wilts in the heat. Allow broth to come to a boil as you prepare the roux.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, then whisk in the flour. This will form a clump, more than a paste, so slowly pour the milk in to the saucepan and whisk together over low heat. Once combined, pour the roux into the soup and stir for a few minutes as the roux thickens the soup.
  3. Simmer for 1-1 1/2 hours to let the kale and rice cook fully. The next day the soup will be thicker, so I like to thin it out by adding more milk.
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creamy sausage, kale, and wild rice soup

I used turkey sausage for this recipe, but regular sausage would be fine as well! The soup will certainly be richer, and that’s not exactly my taste.

creamy sausage, kale, and wild rice soup

creamy sausage, kale, and wild rice soup

This soup turned out to be everything I wanted! Flavorful, hearty, healthful, and comforting. I’m already planning to make a pot of this soup after Thanksgiving, with leftover turkey instead of sausage.

What are your go-to comfort soup recipes? I’m a faithful fan of chicken noodle too, though chili is right up there on my list! If you want more recipe and snack ideas from Horizon, be sure to follow them on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram! I’m always happy to work with them, and love seeing other bloggers’ recipes and ideas.

creamy sausage, kale, and wild rice soup

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Monster Toast

Monster and Mummy Toast

When food and crafts collide, you can always count me in! Two of my greatest loves, really. I also enjoy any excuse to create a fun meal that gets the kiddos excited about trying foods they’d otherwise leave to Mama, like avocado toast. I meeeaaan… monster toast!

I teamed up with Horizon Organic to share a couple of fun and pleasantly creepy toast ideas for a simple lunch idea you can enjoy with your kiddos, or heck, you don’t even need kiddos to get a little weird with your food! Mummy toast in the break room at work? Sure, why not?

Mummy Toast

MUMMY TOAST

halloween toastTo make the mummy toast, I started with a base of sliced ham. Then I cut strips of Horizon Organic provolone cheese slices with a pizza slicer and layered the strips over the ham, using black olives for eyeballs. You can broil these to melt the cheese a bit too!

I think the mummy toast would be really yummy with tomato sauce instead of ham to make pizza toast too!

Monster Toast

GREEN MONSTER TOAST

halloween toastWhat started out as a plan to make Frankenstein toast turned into Lucy and I having a bit of fun making happy and mad faces on our toast! I used a spread of mashed avocado (mixed with lime to slow down browning) and let Lucy create faces with cut pieces of tomatoes, Horizon Organic American cheese, black olives, and alfalfa sprouts.

The green monster toasts were my personal favorite (I love avocado toast), but I was really surprised that for the first time ever, Lucy was interested in tasting “the green stuff.”

Monster and Mummy Toast

These toasts were super quick to put together, but Lucy ended up taking lots of time creating more faces out of leftover supplies, like cheese scraps, black olives, and tomatoes. She probably sat at the kitchen for an hour being creative with her food! It was a lot of fun, and I liked that I didn’t need to go out and buy any special ingredients.

Monster and Mummy Toast

I love having the opportunity to work with Horizon Organic, because we really do love their snacks and dairy products in our family. If you’re interested in getting special coupons and savings, sign up for their mailing list here, and be sure to follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to get even more meal and snacking ideas!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine. 

Apple Cinnamon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

apple, cinnamon, and cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches

Grilled cheese, man. Nothin’ like it! I’ve tried new variations through the years, and have never found a version I didn’t like. But I’ve never tried the sweet/savory style of grilled cheese until now, and I gotta say— I think I’ve found my go-to comfort food! It’s got that crispy, buttery crust, oozing cheddar, and the crunch of a sweet apple, with the delightful addition of my apple’s favorite companion— cinnamon!

Whether you actually grill your sandwich, or toast it (which I prefer), this isn’t your standard diet fare. But who cares? It’s so good. I did make mine with Horizon Organic‘s cheddar cheese and organic apples, so I feel good about the ingredients. Their cheddar is mild, but flavorful. The perfect balances cheese for a picky eater like me. (Yes I said, me! I’m pickier about cheese than my kiddos. Ha!)

apple, cinnamon, and cheddar toasted cheese sandwiches

apple cheddar grilled cheese

  • Horizon Organic cheddar cheese (either sliced or shredded)
  • Apple of your choice thinly sliced (I used gala apples)
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Bread (I used raisin bread, but brioche would be great too!)

apple, cinnamon, and cheddar toasted cheese sandwiches

STEP ONE: Thinly slice your apple and sauté with butter and cinnamon until tender crisp.

apple, cinnamon, and cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches

STEP TWO: Spread a layer of cheese on a slice of bread, then arrange a layer of the cooked apples. Top with another layer of cheese.

apple, cinnamon, and cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches

STEP THREE: Spread a light amount of butter on the outside of your bread slices and toast on a skilled over medium/low heat until golden and crispy.

apple, cinnamon, and cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches

If you couldn’t tell already, I absolutely love this take on grilled cheese. The girls, though? These plain Janes are a little trickier to win over. Lucy insisted she would not like it, but next thing I knew, her plate was clean. Mama mission accomplished!

sweet and savory grilled cheese sandwiches

apple, cinnamon, and cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches

Do you have any favorite “weird” grilled cheese recipes? My other favorite is colby jack cheese with carmelized garlic and onion, sliced jalepenos, and sliced tomatoes. Weird grilled cheese without the weird additives, thanks to the organic ingredients in Horizon Organic’s cheese! Check out their website to find a product at a store near you.

If you want more recipe ideas like this, follow Horizon Organic on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. And be sure to sign up for their newsletter to hear about new products and discounts!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon. The opinions and text are all mine.

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