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Mini Meatball Soup with Rosemary

I spent the better part of my shift at work the other day trying to come up with a meal for dinner. My day was completely misspent, however, as I based my ideas on what I thought I had in the pantry. Even though  all my ideas were completely scotched, the soup that happened was so yummy.

I don’t know what my deal is lately with my refusal to run to the store for ingredients! If I don’t have something for the recipe, I will substitute or scratch the recipe completely and do something else. It’s a combination of stubbornness and laziness. Mostly stubbornness.

So I did it! I made the whole thing, tasting every step of the way to see what needed to be added, digging deep for spices way in the back of the cupboard….

spicy, meatball-y, tummy-warming soup.....

spicy, meatball-y, tummy-warming soup…..

….and then sent my lovely, obliging husband to the store for bread.

Oh well, you can’t win ’em all. 😉

~K

*Spicy* Mini Meatball Soup with Rosemary

Ingredients:

4 cups water to two parts each of chicken and beef bouillon (I ran out of chicken, so I used some beef and it changed the flavor. In a really good way)

2 Tablespoons minced garlic

1 whole green bell pepper, minced

1 whole white or yellow onion,minced

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Worcestershire Sauce

Beer, about 6 ounces

3 Bay leaves

3 sprigs rosemary leaves (I cut it directly off the stem into teeny pieces)

1 can diced tomatoes (the Italian seasoned ones) with juice

salt and pepper, to taste

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*If you like it a little thicker*

2 Tablespoons butter

2 Tablespoons flour

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For the mini meatballs:

( I only had 1/2 a pound of ground beef, use more if you have the stuff!)

*** I did not measure at all here, totally judged by when the meatballs held a shape well and weren’t too sticky***

1/2 lb ground beef

minced garlic

salt and pepper

Italian Breadcrumbs

1 egg

Instructions:

Mix the ingredients for the meatballs in a bowl with your hands, shaping them into the size balls you want. In the soup pot you’ll be using, brown the meatballs in some olive oil until browned on all sides. Take them out and set aside. Do not rinse the pot. 

Add the garlic, bell pepper, and onion to the pot and saute. Then add the beef/chicken broth, tomatoes, rosemary, and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then add meatballs, Worcestershire sauce, and beer. Let simmer.

***At this point, I added the roux to thicken it. This is optional!***

In a saute pan, heat the butter until it’s frothy and bubbly. Then add the flour and, using a whisk, beat over heat until combined. Then add to soup.

—Taste this often so you can add more seasoning if you need to! I added a lot of pepper, because I like spicy, so don’t be afraid to add as it simmers. I did end up adding a little more beef bouillon near the end to amp up the savory-ness of it.—

Oh! And don’t forget the bread 😉

Enjoy!

 

 

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a nice surprise and green monster

I got called on Wednesday night and was told that the provider at the Escalon clinic was sick and therefore we could not open the clinic on Thursday. “Aw, what a bummer… I hope she feels better soon…” was what I said. And what I truly meant! But I was secretly SO excited to have the day off! What a nice surprise- I was starting to get a little nervous that I wouldn’t have time to shop for a fanny pack for my trip?!

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Yes, you heard me right. I was an avid lover of fanny packs in my younger days, and I still am. Pretty sure I always will be. It’s so much more convenient than lugging around a purse all day, and it can probably double as a belt. Just kidding, I don’t know about the belt part, but it sure is nice for hiking! Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. Just in case you are wondering, because I’m sure you guys all secretly want one too, they are only $5 at WalMart! Score.

On to more important things! My day off yesterday was just beautiful. Started out the day with a walk with my dogs and my favorite green monster smoothie. Man, all my recipes are green lately. Time for a new color!

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As I walked, I planned out my mental to-do list and thought about adding a wood-burning tool to my shopping list so I could make this. Did not buy one, because the first attempt at wood burning turned out like this. (I need a few more lessons from Master K before I invest) 20120615-094358.jpg

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Hardly very intricate detailing there, but you were warned that I am not crafty!

I got home, ran a few errands, and fit in a quick shopping trip to Old Navy for some comfy capris and last minute travel items. K, I really needed Lindsey with me for the whole ‘avoiding over shopping thing’. I haven’t packed yet for Israel, and it’s not a good idea to go shopping when you’re worried you don’t have the right kind of clothing for your trip. You end up buying things that you know you’ll never wear again. (Thank goodness for their bomb return policy!) Then got home and made a quick lunch of maple almond butter oatmeal. Have you guys tried this combo? Do it and thank me later 🙂

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1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup milk, water, spoonful of almond butter, 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup (and a pink lady apple!)

I grabbed a quick and low-key workout and then spent the rest of the day on the phone with K and cleaning the house like a mad woman- I love coming home to a clean house 🙂

Dinner was those meatballs that I made a while ago. I have not been cooking as much these past few days because we have been avoiding grocery shopping and trying to use up what we have in the fridge before we go. Joey’s brother came over for dinner after his first day of his internship and was starved, so we were glad that we had something that was ready to be popped in the oven and ready in a few minutes! That along with some roasted veggies and garlic bread made for a pretty filling meal. Instead of meatballs for me, I had a hankering for some of my mom’s homemade chili. She made me some months and months ago, and I had stuck in the freezer for instances such as this. I roasted some cubed sweet potato and mixed it in with the chili and wow, that was the best decision I’ve made all day! SO good! I will come back with a recipe for you guys, I promise. The chili and sweet potato mixture is incredible!

Finished up the day with the Heat vs Thunder game (c’mon Thunder!?) and a nice big bowl of brownies and ice cream. Sorry, I ate that way too fast so there’s no picture.

What a nice day off.

Happy Friday!

~M

Green Monster Smoothie

serves YOU!

2-3 big handfuls of fresh spinach

4 oz. plain Greek Yogurt

1Tbps PB2 (or regular peanut butter)

1 frozen banana

1 cup ice

water or milk to thin out

Directions

Blend it all together in a blender! I would recommend starting with the liquid at the bottom, then spinach, and then the heavier ingredients on top so that it pushes the spinach down, making it easier to blend. The more ice you use, the more smoothie-like it will be!

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P.S. sorry for the blurry picture- I freeze my ‘naners with the peel on, so it looks pretty gross there. Also, you will learn as you read my posts that I like to try new weird food products. (Don’t ask why I like some ingredients and are scared of others) PB2 is something I ordered from Amazon because I heard good things about it from  Jenna. Its basically peanut butter that has all of the oil pressed out of it- so it is in a powdered form. I have grown to adore this stuff! You can sprinkle it on apples for a snack, mix it in brownies, and countless other things.

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