Latin Food Recipe: Delicious Mexican Albondigas (Meatball) Soup

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Food and family go together.

As they should, right?

For me, growing up with what could be considered a crazy-large extended Mexican family meant two wonderful things: I attended lots of parties and ate lots of authentic latin food throughout my childhood. Both good things, right? :)

Albondigas Soup Recipe

One particularly memorable dish that I enjoyed as a kid was albondigas soup. Albondigas are meatballs that are infused with flavor, and albondigas soup is a savory dish that I love cooking for my own family.

And today, I’m going to share a step-by-step tutorial of just how I do it.

Let’s get started!

To begin, I went to the grocery store to pick up the items I needed for the soup. I wanted a very authentic mexican flavor in my soup, so I went to Cermak Fresh Market and purchased a few La Morena products to give the albondigas soup a wallop of flavor.

Cermak Fresh Market La Morena Products

I use the La Morena brand jalapeño peppers, serrano peppers, and chipotle sauce to give the soup a delicious taste and aroma. And trust me, using a touch of heat in the soup gives it flavor. It doesn’t burn your face off. :)

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After you have everything you need from the grocery store, it’s time to gather the ingredients and start making albondigas soup!

Here’s what goes into this recipe:

For the Meatballs:

1.5 lbs. ground beef
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped finely
1/4 cup long grain rice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

For the Soup:

2 (32 ounce) containers of vegetable broth
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
2 tablespoons chipotle Sauce
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon pickled jalapeño peppers, seeds removed and finely diced
1 pickled serrano pepper, seeds removed and finely diced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 large potatoes, cut into large chunks
fresh lime juice
cilantro for garnish (optional)

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Once you have the ingredients gathered and prepped, it’s time to make the meatballs that’ll go into the soup. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, cilantro, rice, cumin, oregano, egg, salt, and pepper.

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Next, shape the meat mixture into individual meatballs. Go ahead and set the meatballs aside after you’ve finished rolling them. The meat mixture should yield approximately 20 meatballs about 2 tablespoons each in size.

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Now, it’s time to start cooking!

In a large pot, add 1/4 cup of the vegetable broth, the sliced carrots, and onions. You may notice that my onions are left on the larger side. Feel free to chop your onions smaller. I cut the onion for our soup into large chunks, because there are some people in our family who don’t love onions. This makes it easier to avoid adding it to their bowl.

Me? I love onions.

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Cook for about 7 minutes over medium-high heat.

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Then add the remaining vegetable broth, chipotle sauce, bay leaf, jalapeño peppers, serrano pepper, salt, pepper, and potatoes to the pot. Bring these ingredients to a boil over high heat.

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While the soup is working on coming to a boil, lightly brown the meatballs for about 10 minutes.

You’ll want to be near the stove pretty much the whole time for this step, so that you don’t accidentally overcook the meatballs.

The idea is to brown the outside a bit, but definitely do NOT cook the meatballs all the way through. They’ll cook the rest of the way in the boiling pot of soup.

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Once the soup is boiling, carefully add in the meatballs.

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Then reduce the heat on the stove to medium, cover the pot, and cook the albondigas soup until the potatoes are tender.

The soup should be ready in about 20 minutes.

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Once the albondigas soup is finished cooking, remove the bay leaf, and serve in bowls with a splash of lime (or lemon) juice.

Cilantro is the perfect garnish for this dish. Hot corn tortillas and rice are great accompaniments. The rice would be for spooning right into your bowl of soup and the tortillas for dipping.

Enjoy! :)

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Here’s the printable recipe:

Mexican Albondigas Soup

Ingredients

    For the Meatballs
  • 1.5 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup long grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • For the Soup
  • 2 (32 ounce) containers of vegetable broth
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium-sized onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle Sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon pickled jalapeño peppers, seeds removed and finely diced
  • 1 pickled serrano pepper, seeds removed and finely diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 large potatoes, cut into large chunks
  • fresh lime juice
  • cilantro for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, cilantro, rice, cumin, oregano, egg, salt, and pepper. Shape the meat mixture into individual meatballs and set aside. The meat mixture should yield approximately 20 meatballs about 2 tablespoons each in size.
  2. In a large pot, add 1/4 cup of the vegetable broth, carrots, and onions. Cook for about 7 minutes over medium-high heat. Then add remaining vegetable broth, chipotle sauce, bay leaf, jalapeño peppers, serrano pepper, salt, pepper, and potatoes to the pot. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. While the soup is working on coming to a boil, lightly brown the meatballs (about 10 minutes).
  4. Once the soup is boiling, carefully add in the meatballs. Then reduce the heat to medium, cover, and cook until potatoes are tender. This should take about 20 minutes.
  5. Once the albondigas soup is finished cooking, remove the bay leaf, and serve with a splash of lime juice. Garnish with cilantro.
http://thesensiblemom.com/2014/10/latin-food-delicious-mexican-albondigas-soup-recipe/

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I hope your family enjoys this soup as much as mine. :)

What’s your family’s favorite Mexican dish?

How to Make Microwave Popcorn in a Paper Bag (Video and Recipe)

Here's a super simple recipe for how to make Microwave Popcorn in a paper bag #MicrowavePopcorn #popcorn #PopcornRecipe

I love popcorn.

It’s an addiction really. I eat it almost every day; I must have it. :)

But as you know, most of the popcorn you buy at the grocery store isn’t healthy. Even the organic versions aren’t as healthy as the popcorn you can pop at home on your own.

How to Make Microwave Popcorn

Now, at this point, you may be wondering how to make microwave popcorn at home while staying away from the prepackaged versions. Well, there are actually several different methods to making healthier popcorn without unhealthy ingredients in it.

When I first decided to make the switch to eat popcorn without butter and oil, I used some gift card money to purchase a Hot Air Popcorn Popper.

That worked for awhile — until the hot air popper died. Sad day.

But good also came from having a dead hot air popper. I had an idea to try popping my own popcorn in the microwave with only a brown paper lunch bag.

And guess what?

After lots of trial and error and a whole lot of burnt popcorn, it worked.

Here’s a video I created to show you just how I do it:

And here’s the simple one-ingredient recipe I use every time I make my microwave popcorn:

Microwave Popcorn

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels

Instructions

  1. Pour kernels into a brown paper lunch bag and place it in the microwave for about two minutes. Please note: You may have to adjust the cooking time based on your individual microwave.
http://thesensiblemom.com/2014/10/how-to-make-microwave-popcorn-in-a-paper-bag-video-recipe/

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I’ve been eating popcorn this way for months now and love it. This is popcorn that’s healthy and delicious, and that happens to be my favorite kind of snack. :)

Have you ever tried making popcorn this way? What’s your favorite healthy snack?

10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

Because I added my goals to my Google Calendar last week, I was able to cross almost everything off my list.

The only thing I didn’t do well was get up before my children, but I have excuses. See below. ;)

Here’s what I accomplished last week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Continue to work on memorizing two verses of scripture as a family — We’re working on Proverbs 20:11 and Exodus 20:12.

2. Plan a fun Family Day

Personal Goals:

3. Do resistance band exercises 3x

4. Walk a total of 70 minutes on the treadmill

5. Read 20 pages of The Hobbit (affiliate link) by J.R.R. Tolkein

6. Get up by 6:00am every morning — Once again, I didn’t do well in this area. I woke up at 6:00am ONE DAY last week. That is all. To throw in a few excuses…we’ve been sick with what seems to be two separate illnesses, and my three youngest kids have been hanging out/sleeping in my bed in the morning, which makes it harder to get up and start my day. ;)

Home Management Goals:

7. Sew button

8. Clean bathrooms

Business Goals:

9. Film a DIY video

10. Finish blog post recapping David’s Make-A-Wish trip!

Here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Continue to work on memorizing two verses of scripture as a family

2. Make cookies with Nathan

Personal Goals:

3. Do resistance band exercises 3x

4. Walk a total of 75 minutes on the treadmill

5. Read 20 pages of The Hobbit (affiliate link) by J.R.R. Tolkein

6. Get up by 6:00am every morning — I’m not giving up!

Home Management Goals:

7. Finish editing Disney photos and order an archive CD — Another blessing of David’s wish trip is that we get a free CD of all the PhotoPass photos taken on our trip.

8. Move photos and videos from my computer to an external hard drive

Business Goals:

9. Edit, upload, and post DIY video

10. Make and photograph a recipe to share in an upcoming blog post

What are your goals for this week?

David’s Story: Make-A-Wish Trip Recap

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Shortly before David was scheduled to go into the hospital for his bone marrow transplant last year, we found out that he was going to be granted a wish through the Make-A-Wish organization.

While we were thankful, at the time, we were incredibly concerned with David’s health and the outcome of his impending transplant. We’d been riding an unpredictable roller coaster every day since his diagnosis in August 2013, and we knew things were going to get much worse for our son before they’d get better.

But knowing that something good (in addition to the AMAZING gift of new bone marrow that a man we don’t yet know would give to David) was coming after all of the heartache and pain, encouraged us to look forward to happier, healthier days.

And as you can tell from the pictures, those days are finally here! :)

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As you probably already know, David wished to go to Disney World! We’ve been to Disney in the past, but every time is a new experience. And Make-A-Wish truly went above and beyond to make David’s wish awesome and unforgettable for our entire family.

From the limo ride to and from the airport, to the accommodations at the very special resort for kids with life-threatening illnesses, Give Kids the World Village, there were so many special surprises planned along with David’s wish that we weren’t expecting, but we’re so grateful for!

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Give Kids the World Village

The villa we stayed in at Give Kids the World was large enough for eight people, and it had everything we needed. Every meal at the Village was free, and honestly, there were so many fun things to do at Give Kids the World that David and his older brother and buddy, Isaac, would have been content to stay there most days and not visit the parks at all.

But alas, we did leave the Village every day to venture out and pack in a whole lot of fun! :)

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A favorite ride at Give Kids the World Village was definitely the carousel. The best part is that you don’t have to get off when it’s over. You can simply keep riding it over and over, or until your mother says four times in a row is enough. :)

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The kids also loved the pool, which happened to be close to our villa.

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And Mickey comes to you at Give Kids the World! He visits twice a week (I believe) along with other characters.

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It was fun getting family pictures with our favorite mouse and with Scooby Doo. David ended up getting in LOTS of pictures with the minions at Universal Studios, which we were also given free passes to on David’s trip!

You may be able to tell from most of the pictures of David that he’s just a little bit fond of minions. ;)

Side note: David first saw the movie “Despicable Me” during one of his many hospital admissions. The rest is history, and we are now the proud owners of 1,543,798 minion toys.

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A Special Star for a Special Boy

One very unique way that Give Kids the World made David’s wish extra special is by giving him a star that he was able to personalize before it was placed in the “sky” at the Castle of Miracles.

David’s star will always be here, and anytime we visit Florida we can come back to visit Give Kids the World and look for David’s star in the sky.

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The Ice Cream Palace

We ate a lot of our meals at the Ice Cream Palace in GKTW Village. They offered an express breakfast, which we’d eat before we left for the parks almost every day. We also ordered lunch from the pick-up window at Katie’s Kitchen a couple of times, and enjoyed it in the air conditioning of the Ice Cream Palace versus eating outside or taking lunch back to the villa.

And, of course, one must eat ice cream when visiting the Ice Cream Palace. That happened, too. :)

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At the Parks

For David’s wish, we received passes to spend three days at Disney World parks and two days at Universal Studios. We also received passes for SeaWorld, but we decided not to use those.

Despite the heat and humidity, we had a BLAST at the parks!

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Mickey’s Backyard BBQ

Back in August, as the time for David’s wish trip approached, his Wish Coordinator asked about his favorite Disney character and which character meal they could schedule for us. That was an exciting day!

David ended up deciding on Mickey’s Backyard BBQ, and the reservation was made. That particular day ended up being rainy, but it didn’t matter.

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We threw on our ponchos and made our way to the food and fun! During the show portion, David even had the chance to hold Mickey’s hand and make a very special memory that I was able to capture on my camera. :)

A Little Extra Disney

We spent a total of ten days in Florida. Seven of those days were at Give Kids the World, and the final three days were spent at Disney’s Pop Century Resort. We’d prearranged with Make-A-Wish to extend our trip by a few days and so enjoyed the extra time at Disney World!

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THANK YOU, MAKE-A-WISH!

It’s been a long, tough year for David and our whole family, but we’re thankful for all the people behind Make-A-Wish and Give Kids the World who offered us happy, joy-filled days after so many difficult ones.

With so much love…thank you!

And, David, we love you. :)

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For more pictures and to follow David’s continuing journey, please visit his Facebook page. To read previous posts or watch videos about David’s journey so far, visit here.