Healthy Meatball Soup Recipe



1/2 lb. ground chicken
1/2 lb. ground lean beef
10 cups water
1 Tablespoon annato (also called achiote), optional, for coloring
1 bay leaf
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon mint
2 small tomatoes, chopped
1/2 teaspoon oregano
4 Tablespoons instant corn flour
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 cups cabbage, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 package (10 oz) frozen corn
2 medium zucchini, chopped
1 medium chayote, chopped (added zucchini can be used instead)
1/2 cup cilantro, minced


1. In large pot, combine water, annato, bay leaf, half of onion, green pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon of mint. Bring to boil.

2. In bowl, combine chicken, beef, other half of onion, tomato, oregano, corn flour, pepper, garlic, and salt. Mix well. Form 1-inch meatballs. Place meatballs in boiling water and lower heat. Cook over low heat for 30–45 minutes.

3. Add carrots, chayote, cabbage, and celery. Cook over low heat for 25 minutes. Add corn and zucchini. Cook for another 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and rest of mint.

Yield: 8 servings
Serving size: 11/4 cups

Each serving provides:

Calories: 161
Total fat: 4 g
Saturated fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 31 mg
Sodium: 193 mg
Total fiber: 4 g
Protein: 13 g
Carbohydrates: 17 g
Potassium: 461 mg

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