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RECIPE1Health and Vitality Tip #38, Soup is a great meal!

It seems every Sunday in the winter I am deciding what soup I’m going to make. This past Sunday I made one of my favorites, and we enjoyed it with a big salad last night and for today’s lunch as wellJ I always use organic broth, which you can purchase at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. It is a terrific alternative to home made. (Does anyone have the time anymore to make it from scratch?).

Check this soup out. You’ll be glad you did! Yummy!

Enjoy!

Albondigas Soup                    Prep time: 1 hour

This Spanish meatball soup is one of my favorites “Albondigas” means “meatballs” in Spanish, and the trick to  perfect Albondigas soup is the to put chopped mint leaves into the meatballs. The mint is what gives the soup it’s unique flavor.

  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • ½ c. tomato sauce
  • 3 Qt.s of chicken broth (or use ½ broth and ½ water, as the meatballs make their stock). You can also use veggie broth if you choose.
  • 2 large carrots sliced
  • ½ lb. of string beans, cut into ½ inch pieces.
  • 1 pound of ground beef or turkey (I use turkey)
  • 1/3 cup raw white rice
  • 1 raw egg
  • ½ c. fresh mint leaves and/ or parsley (I use a combo of both).
  • 1 t. salt
  • ¼ t. pepper
  • 1 ½ c frozen peas (I sometimes substitute frozen soy bean).
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ c. chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Heat oil in a heavy med. saucepan over med. heat.  Add onion and minced garlic and sauté until tender, about 5 min. Add tomato sauce and broth mixture. Bring to boil and simmer.  Add carrots and string beans.

Prepare meatballs.  Mix rice into meat, adding mint and parsley leaves, salt and pepper.  Add raw egg and from into 1 inch meatballs.  (Note: if you are using turkey, and ex-large egg, they will be very soft.  No worries!  Once they hit the simmering soup, they harden right up).

Add meatballs to soup.  Cover and let simmer for ½ hour.  Add peas towards the end of the ½ hour. Add a few pinches of oregano and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Garnish soup with chopped cilantro.

After years of eating, not so ideally, we tend to build up toxins in our body. Not always are we getting the fiber we need to eliminate properly. Moving waste through your intestines is important for optimal health. When waste gets “stuck” gas builds, bloating occurs and your abdomen distends. Ugh!

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