just a little preface...
This blog consist of meals that are practically all purchased with the help of my footstamp budget, I work full time, but as a single mom with two children at home I am classified as "poverty level". I thank God everyday that my children get good homecooked meals, because there are so many kids in the USA that go hungry every day. I just wanted to add this so if you think you cannot purchase good food and create good meals on a tight budget I hope my blog makes you think of food in a different way. noturtypicalgma

the only thing i ask in sharing these recipes with you, is that you must really love the person you serve them to....cooking is how i show my love to the special people in my life.....

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Albondigas or as I know it Meatball Soup

Albondigas or Meatball soup is a soup my Mother used to make often, it is inexpensive and filling. My Dad loved soup of all kinds but for some reason this was a soup we ate more than others. I think it is because we always had the ingredients on hand. My Mother used to make hers with hamburger, I make mine now with ground turkey meat. This is my Mothers basic recipe, and the way I prepare it, it is also a clean eating recipe. Serve it with warm flour tortillas or whole wheat or corn tortillas for clean eaters, and garnishes like finely shredded cabbage or sliced radishes, lemon wedges, and your favorite hot sauce like Tapatio or Cholula or Tabasco... I remember my Dad sitting and eating soup on a hot summer day and just sweating as he enjoyed every bite. So this recipe is dedicated to my Mom and Dad, Ruby and Robert.

Moms Albondigas Recipe
1&1/2 lbs of ground turkey ( you can use hamburger)
1/2 c. bread crumbs
1/4 of large onion chopped
3 garlic cloves minced
1/3 c. of uncooked white rice
2tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1tsp. crushed dried parsley
1/4 tsp. of cumin powder
1tbsp. of olive oil

2tbsp. of olive oil 1 for sauteeing veggies, 1 for browning meatballs if using turkey meat
1&1/2 c. baby carrots cut in half
2 c. or about 6-8 small white potatoes quartered
3 stalks or 1 c. of celery cut into 1 inch pieces

1 14 oz. can vegetable, or chicken or beef broth
6-8 c. of water or broth
1   8 oz. can of tomato sauce
seasoning like No Salt Seasoning or Mrs. Dash to taste
salt to taste

If you use a broth for all of your soup it will have a much richer taste and you can adjust your seasonings especially the salt content accordingly. My mom never used broth she always just used water. Good old water is good enough for me! Please note the amount of liquid I add is about 6-8 cups in the video I say 5-6, I ended up adding a little more.

Video Recipe



  1. I love the photo! Beautiful.

  2. Thanks Denise I want to add more photos, I have lost a lot of them but hopefully I can raid my sisters and scan them. I love and cherish the photos of my parents as they have both been gone for some time now... but everyday I think of them when I do certaing things... its true on some level we turn into our parents.. Thanks for clicking my link again You Rock!