Poblano Albondigas with Ancho Chile Soup

Before I forget, this weeks host of BSI is Nutmeg Nanny and she chose Mango!

You guys are going to be jealous of my Chobani score this weekend – only .75 cents each!  While I actually prefer plain Greek yogurt because its less carbs, the flavored ones are delicious.  Although I ended up eating the yogurt later on by itself since I ate the fresh strawberries.  My egg/salami sammie comes in at:  9 points.

I am lucky that my co-workers don’t mind my obsession with soup.  😀  I could literally have soup every day and never get sick of it.  Yesterday’s soup was so good, and something I’ve never made (or heard of!) before.  My inspiration came from here.  I adjusted the recipe to taste too – leaving out the fried tortilla strips and I had no idea how spicy ancho chile powder was – I ended up having to add 1/2 cup of buttermilk so the broth wasn’t as spicy – I’d suggest starting at 1 tablespoon and adjust from there.

I tend to like smaller meatballs in soups – so I made this recipe 4 servings – 2 1/4 cups of broth, zucchini and 11 meatballs per serving comes in at 7 PointsPlus.   And next time I’d leave out the rice completely, it kind of got lost in all the broth.

Poblano Albondigas with Ancho Chile Soup

Ingredients for the balls (can you tell I love balls?):

  • 4-5 poblano chiles, charred (I left the charred parts on)
  • 1 pound of ground sirloin
  • 1/2 a zucchini
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds (first time using these too!)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

I put everything in my food processor and just pulsed until combined.  Since the meat mixture was pretty “wet” I put it in the fridge for an hour.  And while the original recipe said to put the balls directly into the soup, I Pam fried mine so they would hold their shape.

Ingredients for the soup:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons pure ancho chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 cup sliced zucchini
  • 1/4 cup long-grain rice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • juice of one lime
  • zest from one lime

For the soup:  Heat oil in a Dutch oven.  Add garlic and saute for a couple minutes.  Add ancho chile powder and cumin and cook for 1 minute.  Add chicken broth and oregano.  Bring to a rolling boil.  Reduce heat to very low and cook 10 minutes.

Stir in the zucchini and rice.  Put a lid on and cook for 15 minutes.  Remove lid, add meatballs and cook an additional 5-7 minutes.  The balls will be nice and tender and the broth is spicy deliciousness.  My one co-worker told me “each dish you make me I think it will be my favorite, and then you top it with the next dish!”  We both can’t wait until lunch – I am making Jessica’s Strawberry Orzo Spinach Salad – I tweaked the recipe until it came in at 7 points a serving (i.e. less bacon and pecans, but it will still be good!)

it's spicy!

love this soup! the broth is spicy, the meatballs are tender - this also kept me full for a long time!

I also need to add more fruit and veggies to my meals, so on the side I had a pear salad with a tablespoon of Annie’s light Goddess dressing – lunch comes in at 9 points.

Tony wasn’t very hungry for dinner, so he had just a baked potato.  I had a small steak, 1/2 a baked potato and some zucchini.  It tasted like summer!

dinner was 9 points 😀

You’ll note I didn’t mention a workout for yesterday.  Right before I was going to work out, I tested my blood sugar and it was 90.  So I ate a cup and a half of strawberries, and then headed to the gym.  By the time I got there, I could still feel my blood sugar dropping, and sure enough it was 70 – way too low to work out.  I’ll have to make up for it today! 😀

Stats for Monday

  • 37 points (including wine and sesame sticks)
  • no workout
  • average blood sugar was 88

I absolutely love my camera and need to find photography classes near my house using my FoodBuzz money – I am sure I know only 10% of its capabilities!  Meanwhile, I am always happy to stumble upon food blogs that share tips.  Check out Taylor Takes a Taste for cool photography tips, tricks and tutorials – she has some great ideas!

Have a great Tuesday! 😀


38 thoughts on “Poblano Albondigas with Ancho Chile Soup

  1. mmmm soup. I’m obsessed too. I’d have no problem eating it every day. The meatballs look just perfect- fabulous creation. I am totally jealous of your 75 cent chobani find! I eat a plain one pretty much every day with just a little maple syrup

  2. First: the Spanish word “albóndigas” is one of my all-time favorite words. I teach it to my students simply because its fun to say!

    Second: This recipe looks amazing and will be on our menu very soon! I love good balls 🙂

  3. That soup looks amazing! Love those one dish meals!

  4. So jealous of your Chobani steal, they are usually $.79 at the commissary on base, but when I shop off base I pay at least $1 each.

    That soup looks absolutely amazing!

  5. thanks for the link to the photo tips…I really, really need them! 🙂

    I made a soup that was too spicy last week, luckily, as it sat overnight, it mellowed out! 🙂

    Love meatballs in soup! YUM!

  6. Have a great Tuesday!

    What if I don’t want to have a great Tuesday? You’re not the boss of me!

  7. LOL at Charlie! Sounds just like a brother doesn’t he?

    That’s quite the steal on the Chobani. We pay at least $1.25 normal price and if lucky, there’s a sale for $1. Still I love that yogurt and since I don’t have to share I splurge and buy it. Speaking of mango, they have a mango flavor that is so good!

  8. I am saving up for a Canon Rebel. Might not happen until next year, when of course the latest and greatest will be out, but then the price might come down LOL!

  9. That salad at How Sweet It Is caught my attention too! Looks so good! I don’t know a fraction of what my camera can do. I keep saying I’m going to read the book that came with it but with 3 small kids…that just hasn’t happened!

  10. I love Chobani & that’s a gooddeal – I usually pay a dollar a piece! Too bad they didn’t have the plain small cups!

    “can you tell I love balls” made me laugh out loud 🙂

  11. You already take great shots – I can’t wait to see what you come up with after taking a photography class! 🙂

  12. The chobani is a great steal! I can’t wait to check out that website. I need all the help I can get with taking better food pictures.

  13. Amazing flavors in your soup, this sounds like a must try!

  14. One thing that I LOVE about some of the blogs I read is the awesome photos. I’d love to be able to take photos like that, as long as I could do them in 2 minutes and don’t require a $500-$1000 camera. 🙂

  15. This is totally random, but I volunteered at a race on a Sunday and the lady I was paired with, reminded me so much of you!

  16. I am jealous of your chobani deal. 🙂 The meatballs look delicious. How spicy are they? I have to admit, I’m a total wimp when it comes to hot food. Would I need to tone them down a bit?

    • The balls aren’t spicy at all, since they are made with poblano peppers – all the heat is in the broth, so I would start out with a tsp. of ancho chile powder and work your way up from that. 😀

  17. Wow! Great deal on the Chobani! I ❤ grocery deals!

    Our local camera specialty stores offers camera classes and they teach everything from how to turn on your camera to taking photography field trips.

  18. I’m obsessed with soup, too. It’s so easy and SO GOOD!
    And what a deal on Chobani – I’m totally jealous!!

  19. Yes I’m jealous of your Chobani deal, hear it is $1.19 and sometimes I find it for $1. We go thru so much of it too. I am about to have a vanilla one for snack.

  20. I don’t think I would get sick of soup either if I had when you make. 🙂
    This soup looks excellent!
    I just scored a great deal on Chobani yogurts myself..gotta love that! I don’t have the flavored ones too often either, but I do have a soft spot for the pineapple flavor.

  21. You’re totally right…I’m totally jealous of that yogurt price! Here it’s almost $1.15 a container.

  22. You love your spice! Perfect addition to the meatballs too. Good idea.

  23. if i had a soup like that, i would want to eat it every day too, i LOVE the meatballs!

  24. I love your pictures Biz, so if this is only 10% of the camera’s capabilities, I can’t IMAGINE what you’d do with the other 90%. Quite the steal on the yogurt! Woo Hoo!!! (and love your brother’s comment! Hilarious!) Have a great day Biz. And Charlie, your great day is optional because I too am not the boss of you!! 🙂

  25. hehe, love those balls 🙂 and that soup–delicious!!

  26. I love your blog! You always have great posts. I wish I was good with my blog like you are. I love seeing your different recipes and the pics are wonderful. Thank you!

  27. Your pictures are amazing! I think you’ve posted this before, but what kind of camera do you have?

    • My family amazed me at Christmas time with a Nikon D3100 it came with an 18-55 mm lens – and for my birthday I got the 55-200 mm lens for telephoto shooting. I feel so lucky to have all this camera loot! 😀

  28. The pictures here are amazing! What a delicious hearty meal

  29. First, I really wish I worked with you so I could partake in all of this soup eating! This one again looks wonderful, Biz!

    And I’m so jealous of that yogurt deal! I thought $1.20 was cheap when I bought Chobani!

  30. Yowzer! .75 cent Chobani is awesome! I found Fage Total 4/$1 a few weeks ago.

    That soup looks so good. I love little meatballs in soup, so fun to eat. 🙂

  31. You know what I dearly want to do? I want to steal a gallon of that soup. And then use the liquid to cook creamy grits. Add some sour cream into the grits. Top it with the meatballs. Top with queso fresco. Ooh…

  32. I really love soup too – even in the summer! I love love love poblano peppers – such a cool idea to use them! I bet it tasted awesome! 🙂

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