Chicken Meatball Soup

 

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This has become one of my favorite soups. It’s the time of year when your body needs a warm dose of immune building goodness. If you decide to make your own chicken bone broth then this soup will help to build the immune system and provide you with vitamins and minerals that will support your GI tract, and your cardiovascular system. Perfect for diabetics who are looking to keep the blood sugar lower or to balance it throughout the day.

Ingredients:

Meatballs:

1 pound free range ground chicken ( I have it ground fresh)

1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated (I will add about an extra 1 tsp. powdered ginger)

4 garlic cloves chopped

1/3 cup chopped walnuts toasted

1/4 cup chopped fennel

1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

1/2 tsp sea salt

Pinch of cayenne

1 egg, beaten (or 2 egg whites)

1/3 cup uncooked quinoa

Soup:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 red onion, diced small

Sea Salt to taste

2 large carrots, diced small

2 celery stalks, diced small

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

8 cups Chicken broth (I make chicken bone broth)

2 cups spinach

2 cups chopped broccoli

1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

1/4 cup basil, finely chopped

1 lime, cut into quarters for garnish

To make the meatballs, line a sheet pan with wax paper. Combine the chicken, ginger, walnuts, garlic, fennel, parsley, salt, cayenne, egg and quinoa in a bowl and mix with your hands or until well combined.

 Roll it into 1-inch balls, and place them on the prepared pan.

To make the soup, heat the olive oil in a soup pot over medium heat, then add the onion and a pinch of salt and sauté until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the carrot, celery, garlic, ginger, broccoli, and ¼ teaspoon of salt and continue sautéing for about 3 minutes.

Pour in ½ cup of the broth to deglaze the pot and cook until the liquid is reduced by half. Add the remaining 7 ½ cups broth and another ¼ tsp. salt and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to maintain a vigorous simmer, then gently transfer half of the meatballs into the simmering broth. (Refrigerate or freeze the remainder to use later.) Cover and allow the meatballs to simmer for 15 minutes.

 Add 2 cups spinach, parsley and basil.

Serve each bowl with a wedge of lime.

 

 

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