I bought a bag of Harvest Grains Blend at Trader Joe’s. It’s combination of Israeli couscous (also known as pearl couscous), red quinoa, baby garbanzo beans, and orzo. The mix of whole grains, especially quinoa, is very good for you. It makes a delicious, hearty and satisfying soup that you can customize with your own blend of vegetables. For a boost of protein, I added chicken meatballs. Add the fresh herbs at the very end, right before you serve the soup. Super easy, healthy and delicious soup; highly recommended!!!
For meatballs: Combine ground chicken, egg, parsley, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Mix until fully combined. Make small balls about 1 inch diameter, set aside.
Soup:Place a large stockpot over medium heat. Drizzle it with olive oil, add onions and garlic, gently sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Add lemon juice and let it simmer for about 12-15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Turn off the heat; add fresh chopped dill and Italian parsley.
Garnish each bowl with spoon of sour cream if desired.