Cilantro Meatballs

This is a recipe handed down from my grandmother.  That generation really had it going on when it came to nutrition, yet the flavors are a mixture of what our older generation could cheaply buy. Their  times were very hard, and yet they mustered up phenomenally nutritious cuisine. Cilantro was a staple flavor of her middle eastern upbringing.  Here in the US, it seems to be the flavor of a handful of cultures we enjoy.   I have twisted it only slightly to accommodate what we can buy in our grocery store.  

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Foods Benefits:

This dish is a powerhouse of nutrients.  First lets look at the V8... This juice has a blend of tomato, carrot, celery, beet, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, lemon juice and peppers.  When was the last time you had a hit of that many different vegetables in one bite?  We have an an abundance of fiber and potassium here.  As we are aware our bodies need fiber.  

While cilantro benefits stem from its vitamin content, coriander’s nutritive qualities come from minerals, and yet it is still considered a good source of vitamin C, along with phosphorus, potassium, zinc, dietary fiber, calcium, iron, and magnesium. 

Cilantro has been used for thousands of years to treat digestive upset, gas, fungal and bacterial infections, and to prevent food poisoning. Some studies show that it can help to lower blood sugar, and even kill parasites in the digestive tract.

Cilantro can rid heavy metals.  Arsenic, cadmium, aluminum, lead, and mercury can become resident in our tissues leading to heart disease, hormonal imbalances, neurological conditions, infertility, and so much more. Cilantro, also known scientifically as “Coriandrum sativum”, has been shown to bind these toxic metals together, loosening them from tissue, and facilitating their elimination from the body. 

One study found that Coriandrum sativum significantly protects against lead induced oxidative stress, while another study found that cilantro actually accelerates the removal of heavy metals from the body.

Dr. Omura, director of Medical Research at the Heart Disease Foundation, found in this study that antibiotic use is linked to the buildup of heavy metals in the body. He believes that antibiotics actually can protect the heavy metals causing certain infections to relapse, even after an entire course of antibiotics. 

In this study, cilantro was used to help remove stubborn heavy metal deposits that continued to plague patients, even after initial infection symptoms had faded. 

Results of the study showed that by supplementing antibiotic drugs with cilantro, cilantro is able to rid the body of the heavy metal toxins, and keep the infections from arising again. Cilantro’s superior detoxing ability is why I include it in my heavy metal detox regimen.

Cilantro Meatballs

  • 2 pounds of ground beef, turkey or chicken

  • 1 large onion cubed

  • 2 cups cilantro

  • 1 large bunch of cilantro

  • Chicken broth - knorr concentrated tubs

  • V-8 juice large bottle

  • 2 teaspoons crushed garlic

  • Salt and pepper 1 teaspoon each

DIRECTIONS 

  1. In a blender combine the onion and 2 cups of cilantro. Blend, then add the egg until you have a thick liquid.

  2. In a large bowl combine the onion and cilantro with ground beef. Add salt and pepper and combine together. Don’t worry if it is a little on the wet side.

  3. In a large pot, add the knorr chicken tub, V-8 Juice and garlic. Bring heat to high and stir the ingredients together. Create meatballs from the ground meat mixture and place into the large pot. Take the large bunch of cilantro and wrap it in twine. Place on top of the meatballs. It will combine naturally.

  4. Bring to boil, then turn to low and simmer for 45 min. Remove the cilantro from the pot and serve.