When the snow is gently laying down creating a winter wonderland, when the whole city just stops all the rush, then it’s a perfect time for a beautiful walk. That was a charming and romantic walk. The result – a runny nose and stuffy head next day . My favorite and the only pleasurable way to treat a cold is a homemade soup. Not only, I crave lately for the soup because I got sick but also because it’s freezing outside. When your thermostat shows 71 degrees inside, and you are still shaking, only the soup can warm and soothe you inside. So today I want to share with you one of my favorite Light and Healthy Chicken Meatball Soup.
This soup is special for me because it reminds me so much of my childhood! I refused to eat almost everything at kindergarten except for this soup and maybe a few other not so bad dishes. I always had the feeling that some witches are working in kindergarten’s kitchen because the mess they were feeding us looked like the witch’s potion. One day, I dared to peek into the kitchen and oh boy was I right about the potion. It seemed like the dark magic was controlling the kitchen. Anyway, there is always the light even in the darkest place. I loved this light and healthy chicken meatball soup very much and actually had pleasure eating it.
For some reason, it was forgotten for many years, and I never cooked it, nor did my mom. To my surprise, I found this recipe at Joy’s blog. I never expected to find such a similar taste of my childhood in American food blog. Thank you so much, Joy, for bringing this taste back into my life. When I first made this soup, it reminded me so much of the chicken meatball soup from the childhood, that I made all the adjustments and created the same taste.
The lemon zest in the meatballs brings the delightful scent to soup what makes it so refreshing. And the lemon juice added at the end of cooking not only eliminates the salt amount but also adds a tangy flavor to it. The whole combination of chicken meatballs with ground oatmeal, lemony taste, and scent, chicken broth, fills your entire kitchen with the warming and cozy smell.
The soft melts in your mouth meatballs won my kid’s heart and won it again in my adult years. It is very light, well-balanced and satisfying. After eating this soup, what’s left in your body is light, satisfying feeling that brings you joy, happiness, and comfort. Maybe it’s part of the memories, but I swear this soup is warming my heart spoon after spoon.
I loved it so much, so I wonder whether your kids will love this soup as well? Try it, and you may end up with one more warm-hearted kid. Except for the yucky spinach, there is nothing else that can upset the kids. And you can always remove the spinach at the first try and add it later.
I hope you will make and fall in love with this wonderful soup. Stay warm and healthy!
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