Spicy Asian Meatball Soup

Meatball Mix

  • 300g minced turkey (use beef if you prefer, but turkey mince is a great way to introduce variety into your daily protein mix)
  • Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 organic egg, whole
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic or a large garlic glove finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon crushed or finely grated ginger
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons organic black molasses
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch of both black and white pepper
  • Chilli flakes
  • Generous pinch organic sea salt

Soup Ingredients

  • 5 cups chicken  or beef stock – choose an organic or rubbish-free brand.
  • 1 tablespoon dry vermouth or sherry (white wine is okay and there are some wonderful organic choices available now)
  • 2 teaspoons black molasses
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • Equivalent garlic and ginger to what you used for the meatballs
  • 200g cabbage or Chinese greens
  • 1 small fresh red chilli for garnish
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste

Method

Take a large mixing bowl and combine the turkey mince, egg, garlic, ginger, spring onions, molasses, pepper and salt. You can mix well with a wooden spoon, or you can use a food processor if you don’t mind the extra washing up (I mind!). Dip your hands into cold water and shape the mix into about 20 evenly sized balls.

Next, using a medium saucepan, bring to the boil the stock, vermouth/sherry/wine, extra molasses, balsamic, garlic and ginger. Drop the meatballs in one by one or they’ll stick together. Return to the boil and then simmer for just under 10 minutes. While you’re waiting, finely chop your green veg and then add to the soup. Simmer for a further 2-3 minutes.

Did you know?

This recipe initially called for soy sauce. I substituted molasses, balsamic, extra garlic and chilli, pepper, and salt. All organic of course! When working with herbs and spices don’t be fooled into thinking that this is one area you can loosen up on the organic shopping – these foods are among the most heavily irradiated foods in the Western world, which means they lose all their nutritional benefits and may even be toxic to your body.