Weekly Dish: Chicken Vegetable Soup with Ginger Meatballs

Here I am with another soup recipe. And another soup recipe from The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen, at that. This one was delightfully different and tasty enough to make it on another menu somewhere in the near future.

 

Chicken Vegetable Soup with Ginger Meatballs

Meatballs:
1 pound ground organic dark-meat chicken
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
1/2 teaspoon real salt or celtic sea salt
Pinch of cayenne
1/4 cup uncooked brown rice

Soup:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced small
real salt or celtic sea salt
2 large carrots, peeled and diced small
2 large celery stalks, diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
8 cups homemade chicken stock
1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
1 cup baby spinach leaves
1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
1 lime, cut into quarters, for garnish

To make the meatballs, combine the chicken, ginger, garlic, parsley, salt, cayenne, egg, and rice in a bowl and mix with your hands or a spatula until well combined. Don’t overwork the mixture or the meatballs will be tough.

Wet the palms of your hands so the mixture doesn’t stick, 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 saute until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the carrot, celery, garlic, ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon salt and continue sauteing for about 3 minutes.

Add the chicken stock and another 1/4 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to maintain a simmer, then gently transfer half of the meatballs into the simmering broth. (You can refrigerate or freeze the remainder to use later or make a double pot of soup like I did so that I could use them all.) Cover and allow the meatballs to simmer for around 1 hour, until the rice is tender.)

Add the peas and spinach and cook for 3 minutes more, then stir in parsley and basil. Serve each bowl garnished with a wedge of lime.

Variation: You can always make the meatballs without rice as the binder. Add a little onion and maybe an extra egg and you’ll be fine without it. Or if you’re comfortable using breadcrumbs or raw oats, do that. You can also use cooked rice and then you won’t have to simmer the meatballs in the soup as long.

Activators for Kids Health

“Activation is supplying the body with herbal remedies and foods which give the body’s energy a boost so that it will be able to complete the healing process. …we merely supply raw materials and an environment which supports the body in doing its own healing.” —The ABC Herbal by Steven H. Horne

When my kids are starting to show signs of possible sickness, we do a few things to help their little immune systems fight off whatever is attacking it. One of these things is using “activators.” There are many different ones you can use, but some of the easiest and least “hippie-ish” are: peppermint, elderberry, chamomile, ginger, cinnamon, and garlic.

Peppermint:¬†Straight peppermint is an excellent activator and children can drink it as a tea, warm or cold. Buy bulk peppermint at the health food store and make into a tea. Strain and add a few drops of stevia or honey (optional). You can also use some Peppermint Essential Oil or Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap in a hot bath or shower and make sure you lather it on their lymph nodes- under their armpits, on their chest, on the neck (making sure not to get it in their eyes…. oh does it burn…) and leave it on for a little bit until it “feels cold” as my child says. This can clear up congestion once it sets in and even prevents it from ever forming into anything significant at all!
Ginger: Great as a “tea,” same as with peppermint. Grate or cut off a few small pieces, put in boiling water and add a few drops of honey.
Elderberry: Of course you can always make your own glycerite, but if you’re not into that, you can buy Elderberry tincture or Elderberry syrup at the health food store. Or buy the whole elder berries and add to oatmeal, pancakes, etc…
Chamomile: Helps to settle the stomach and calm the nerves.
Cinnamon: Add to foods
Garlic:  add to foods (guacamole), crush, mince and swallow with water or honey on a spoon (just a little at a time to prevent a tummy-ache). Do a garlic enema (Puree a clove of garlic in a little water. Strain it into an emptied out disposable enema bottle. Use enema, repeat as necessary. Easiest way to get raw garlic into a kid when they are sick and/or constipated!)