Mexican Meatball Soup
Serve baked tortilla chips and salsa.

Servings: 4

• 1 teaspoons virgin olive oil
• 1/4 cup minced onion
• 1 tablespoon minced poblano pepper (for meatballs)
• 1/2 poblano pepper, seeded and thinly sliced (for soup broth)
• 1 tablespoon minced red bell pepper
• 1 tablespoon minced garlic
• 1 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
• 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1/2 pound ground chicken*
• 1/4 cup cooked rice
• 1 large egg white, lightly beaten
• 2 tablespoons minced cilantro, plus leaves for garnish
• 2 canned chipotle pepper in adobo, seeded and minced
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
• 4 cups defatted chicken stock or canned low fat chicken broth
• 1/2 cup frozen corn
• 1/2 cup finely diced seeded tomato
• Lime wedges, for serving
• Tortilla chips, for serving
• Chopped cilantro for garnish

Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the onion, minced poblano, red bell pepper and garlic and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 4 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the cumin and the coriander and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Scrape the mixture into a medium bowl and let cool.

Add the chicken to the bowl, along with the rice, egg white, minced cilantro, chipotles, salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until thoroughly combined. Roll tablespoons of the meat into balls and set on a large plate.

In a large saucepan, combine the chicken stock with the corn, tomato, sliced poblano and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cumin and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat until the vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Add the meatballs and cook over low heat until firm and cooked through, about 5 - 7 minutes. Ladle the soup into large shallow bowls and garnish with the cilantro leaves. Serve with the lime wedges and tortilla chips.

* Can substitute ground turkey if desired.

Per Serving: 211 Calories
7g Fat (25.1% calories from fat), 2g Saturated Fat
31g Protein
15g Carbohydrate
2g Dietary Fiber
54mg Cholesterol
619mg Sodium
Exchanges: 1/2 Grain (Starch); 4 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat.

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