Healthy Turkey Meatball and Kale Soup is delicious and nutritious. Going back for seconds is encouraged!
If you are petite, gaining a few pounds means that you can only fit into your loose jeans. In an effort to return to my “skinny” jeans, I added this soup to my diet. The intent is to pack a nutritional punch into one hot, healthy, and comforting bowl. Start with the turkey meatballs—it has flaxseed, mushrooms, and sweet potatoes. For even more goodness, kale, white beans, carrots, and tomatoes are added to the soup. To maximize the nutritional value and for bulk, I use a high fiber pasta or a vegetable added pasta. Thank goodness we live in an age where those products can easily be found in our grocery stores.
For today’s version, however, I decided to use orecchiette or ear-shaped pasta. Unfortunately, this particular type does not have the fiber or nutritional values of the ones previously mentioned, but I love the shape and find that the texture goes well with this soup. Feel free to use the pasta that speaks to you.
This particular batch was made with frozen kale because I couldn’t find any fresh after visiting three different stores. What are the chances? I suspect the weather had something to do with it since snow was in the forecast again. It has single handedly thwarted a couple of my recent plans, and I think it was destined to thwart my plans to find fresh kale. The stores must have had a run on this popular green. It’s as if everyone collectively thought: We are getting another 8-incher. Let’s make sure we have everything. Stock up on sand, salt, water, milk, bread, and oh yeah…fresh kale!
Notice that the recipe uses pasta in moderation because carbs=calories. If carbs make you happy, add more. I’ll never know. But I do know that soup is good for my body and soul. It comforts. It nurtures. It warms me from the inside out. So, I’m going to curl up with a good bowl of soup and slurp my way back into skinnyjeandom!
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