2 cups chopped fresh vegetables (carrots, celery, and broccoli)
Live Well Tips
Canned and frozen vegetables are just as healthy as fresh. They also last longer and often cost less. Use frozen or canned veggies instead of fresh ones in this recipe.
For canned vegetables, look for the words “low-sodium” or “no salt added” on the label. You can also rinse canned vegetables with fresh water to remove some of the salt.
In a large pot, combine water, rice, bouillon cubes, and oregano. Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir to dissolve bouillon. Reduce heat to low and simmer.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix ground meat, tomato, onion, egg, and salt. Form into 12 large meatballs.
Add meatballs to broth mixture and simmer 30 minutes.
Add vegetables. Cook 10 to 15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked and rice and vegetables are tender. Serve hot.
Cook Together! Making Meatball Soup with Kids
Meatball soup is a delicious and easy way of including more vegetables in your child’s meal. Have them pick which vegetables to include to get them excited about trying it. Popular options include potatoes, green beans, small ears of corn, peas and chayote.
Gather ingredients and equipment.
Wash fresh foods.
Mix meatball mixture.
Serving size ½ cup broth mixture and 3 meatballs: Calories–196; Protein–16g; Carbohydrate–20g; Total Fat–6g; Saturated Fat–2g; Cholesterol–85mg; Fiber–4g; Sodium–407mg; Iron–3mg; Calcium–76mg
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