Make a delicious and healthy Italian meatball soup in your slow cooker filled with little meatballs, beans and spinach.
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It is time for the first Sunday Supper of the new year. Sunday Supper Movement is just that, a movement to get you to eat dinner together as a family more often. The statistics are quite staggering about how important eating dinner as a family really is. With school, work and after school activities, it can be quite a challenge. We seem to have lost the value of eating dinner at home, but in fact I would argue that it is more important than after school activities. I am not suggesting you stop them, but really put a priority on eating as a family most of the week. We cannot manage it seven days a week, but strive for four to six nights a week. January is now designated National Sunday Supper Month. Start with Sunday and slowly add a weeknight.
Why is eating dinner at home as a family so important? #1 – it is a great way to beat obesity. When you cook at home, you are more likely to use wholesome ingredients with less salt, sugar and fat. #2 – it creates time to talk to your kids. With the pre-teen years fast approaching, I am looking for ways to keep my child away from bad influences. Everything I have read shows how important the parent-child relationship is. T
hey need to be able to talk to you. Make dinner a safe environment to talk and show you are interested in their lives. #3 – When you cook at home, you are teaching your kids the value of cooking. Your kids need to know how to cook so they can properly take care of themselves as adults. #4 – cooking at home can be so much more inexpensive. I used frozen spinach for this soup which is a true bargain as are canned beans.
For this Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Soup everything goes in the slow cooker so you can come home to a hot meal waiting for you.
So get your family around the dinner table and enjoy a delicious dinner and a fun time together. Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Soup is the perfect recipe to start with.
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Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Soup #SundaySupper
- 2 slices whole wheat bread , torn into quarters
- 1/4 cup reduced-fat milk
- 1 oz . grated parmesan cheese
- 3 tbsp . minced parsley
- 1 large egg , lightly beaten
- 4 garlic cloves , minced, divided
- 1/2 tsp . dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp . kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp . fresh ground black pepper
- 1 lb . ground turkey breast
- 2 tsp . oil
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 8 oz . mushrooms
- 1/4 tsp . red pepper flakes
- 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 (15 oz.) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (10 oz.) package frozen spinach, defrosted
In a large bowl mash together bread and milk with a fork.
Stir in the Parmesan, parsley, egg, 2 garlic cloves, oregano, salt and pepper.
With your hands, mix in the meat.
Using about a tablespoon of the mixture, roll into a ball. You should have about 24.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat with 1 tsp. oil. When hot, add half of the meatballs. Brown the meatballs on all sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker.
Add 1 tsp. oil to the skillet and repeat with remaining meatballs.
Add onions and mushrooms to the skillet. Cook until just softened, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the remaining two cloves garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for about 30 seconds and transfer to slow cooker.
Stir broth and beans into the slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
Add the spinach and cook for another 15 minutes, or until warm.
Season with salt and pepper to taste
Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution
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