Kidney-healthy Meatball & Veggie Soup Recipe
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Eating the right foods can support kidney health. Paige Vondran, the medical chef educator for the Dietary Treatment Program, offers a kidney-healthy delicious soup recipe.
Meatball & Veggie Soup
Yields: 7 servings
Each serving is approximately 1 ½ cup broth & vegetables with 5 miniature meatballs
Calories: 132 kcal
Phosphorous: 99 mg;
Potassium: 377 mg
Sodium: 105 mg
Meatball Ingredients (~25 each)
- 1 egg
- 8 oz. ground beef
- ½ medium/large carrot
- ½ medium/large celery stalk
- ½ medium onion
- 2 Tbsp. breadcrumbs
- Dry seasonings: onion powder, garlic powder and black pepper
- 7 cups water
- 4 celery stalks
- 1 medium onion
- medium/large carrots
- 2 cups raw spinach
- Rinse and slice the carrots, celery, and onion into small pieces.
- In a large stock pot, combine the water and sliced vegetables to the pot.
- Bring the liquid to a rapid boil, then lower to a simmer and cover with a lid.
- While the soup broth is simmering, start assembling the meatballs.
- Slice the carrot, celery, and onion in to medium sized chunks, then add to a food processor or blender.
- Thoroughly chop the vegetables until minced.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all meatball ingredients together.
- Add dry seasonings to taste; stir until thoroughly mixed.
- Grease a large pan with nonstick cooking spray then heat until hot.
- Scoop meatball mixture using a spoon, forming bite sized rounds (about Tablespoon sized).
- Brown the meatballs in the hot pan, rotating on all sides, until fully cooked through out.
- Set meatballs aside.
- Scoop about 2-3 cups of the vegetable soup and transfer to the food processor or blender.
- Blend the mixture into a puree consistency, then add the puree back to the large pot.
- Add the fresh spinach and meatballs, then serve hot.
- For additional flavor, low sodium vegetable broth can be substituted as needed for the water (but may add additional sodium).
- Other vegetables that are compliant with the renal diet can be added to this recipe as desired.
- For extra lean meatballs, a combination ground meat can be used (such as veal, pork, and beef).