Metabolism Revving Albondigas (Meatball) Soup

By Zina Flores-Turner

I love taking traditional food and creating healthier versions that stay true to the dish, while adding life! Boasting metabolism revving ingredients and albondigas, a traditional Hispanic comfort food, this nutrient-rich soup is the perfect way to warm up during the cold winter.

Metabolism Revving Albondigas (Meatball) Soup



1 lb. grass fed ground beef

½ cup organic jasmine rice, uncooked

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. turmeric

2 tsp. garlic powder

½ tsp. pepper

1 tsp. Himalayan pink salt

1 egg


2 tomatoes, diced

1 small poblano pepper, diced

1 medium zucchini, diced (about 3 cups)

1 small white onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 serrano pepper, minced

⅓ cup cilantro, chopped (more for garnish)

Juice of 1 lime (more for garnish)

1 tsp. oregano

8 cups low-sodium chicken broth

3 tbsp. coconut oil

Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients for meatballs and refrigerate until ready to use
  2. In a dutch oven pot, heat 3 tbsp. of coconut oil to medium heat
  3. Add onions, poblano and serrano peppers, season lightly with salt/pepper and cook for 3 min.
  4. Add garlic and cook for 1 more min.
  5. Add tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice and chicken broth, then bring to a boil
  6. While the soup comes to a boil, remove the meatball mix from refrigerator and make 30 small meatballs
  7. When soup is boiling, slightly reduce heat and carefully add in meatballs
  8. Gently stir, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 30-35 mins.
  9. At the last 10-15 mins., add zucchini
  10. Taste for salt and garnish soup with lime wedges, green onions and more fresh cilantro
  11. Enjoy!


Zina Flores-Turner is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and founder of Honey & Happiness. It wasn’t until Zina had her first child that she realized how the food we eat has a direct impact on the body, mind and well-being. To learn more about Zina’s journey visit

3 thoughts on “Metabolism Revving Albondigas (Meatball) Soup

  1. I made a big pot of this today after finding the recipe on Instagram. It has just the right amount of kick. Warm, filling and delish! Thank you!

  2. This dish is absolutely delicious… The best part was when my 10-year old son decided it made the list for his top favorite dishes. Perfect timing for Snowzilla in the NorthEast. Thanks!

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