Turkey Albondigas Soup (Mexican-Style Meatball Soup)

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Meatball soup is common throughout Latin American cuisine and makes for great comfort food. We’ve upped the nutrition quotient by adding quinoa, which is gluten-free and high in protein, to give this light dish a filling boost.

YIELD 4 servings
ZEST FACTOR Medium
PREP TIME 10 minutes
COOK TIME 30 minutes

For the quinoa:
1 cup quinoa
1 serrano pepper, ends trimmed
2 cups vegetable broth

For the soup:
1 pound ground turkey
1 cup cooked serrano quinoa
1 egg
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
2 serrano peppers, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
3 (14-ounce) cans vegetable broth
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped mint

1. Make the quinoa: Toast the quinoa in a skillet with the serrano for about 5 minutes. (Make sure the vent is on, since the aromas can be very spicy!) Add the broth, bring to a boil and then lower to a simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
2. Make the soup: 
In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, quinoa, egg, garlic, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper; avoid over-mixing. Shape into 1-inch meatballs.
3. In a skillet over medium-high, brown the meatballs in batches. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
4. Sauté the onions and serranos in the olive oil in a large pot. As the onions become translucent, add the meatballs, carrots, zucchini and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
5. Add the tomatoes and lime juice and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add the cilantro and mint just before serving.


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