Southwestern Meatballs

I love bagel Wednesday.   I have Lori to thank for that – I love bagels, but they are quite point heavy – but having one a week works in my plan. 😀  Life is too short not to have bagels!

Mine was an everything bagel with an egg and 1/2 ounce of cheese – breakfast comes in at 11 points.

If the weather could be like it was yesterday all year round, I wouldn’t complain about living in Chicagoland at all.  When I left for my run at 12:30 it was partly sunny and 72 degrees.

I did another 5k, and I was feeling so good about the temperature that I started out running too fast, so I had to walk a bit, but still finished my 5k in 35:20 – I’ll take it!

Since I love all things spicy, I decided to make southwestern meatballs –  I ended up with 32 big marble sized meatballs – 8 balls in a serving for 5 points.

Southwestern Meatballs

  • 3/4 pound ground sirloin
  • 2 serrano chiles, seeded
  • 1 onion (if you want)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper

I just threw everything in my food processor and pulsed it until combined.  You don’t want to mix the meat too much otherwise your balls will be tough.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t like tough balls. 😀

Heat a bit of olive oil and Pam in a non-stick pan, cook balls for about 5 minutes.  I knew I was going to reheat these for lunches, so I slightly undercooked them.

I got that whole package of serrano peppers for only .98 cents!  Be careful with serrano peppers – they are typically about 5 times hotter than jalapenos!

I had my balls with 1 1/4 cups whole wheat pasta and some marinara sauce – lunch comes in at 11 points.

I’ve been lost without my dinner meal plan this week.  The freezer saved me – I made meat ravioli – I guess yesterday was just a pasta day for me. 😀  Surprisingly, dinner also came in at 11 points.

Guess what?  Today is my Friday!  Yep, I am going on vacation tomorrow!  My Mom and I are headed to Virginia for a family reunion and then to my Aunt’s Lake house in Smith Mountain Lake (Roanoke).   And I haven’t even packed yet – I am the ultimate procrastinator. 😀

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 45 minute walk/run, included a 35 minute 5k
  • 33 points
  • average blood sugar 99

Q of the Day:  What was your favorite vacation?  Helen, don’t answer that question, because I already know!


34 thoughts on “Southwestern Meatballs

  1. Wow, your food looks tasty! Have a great vacation. Nice job on the 5k!

  2. Have a great vacation!!

  3. Ah! Have so much fun on your trip 🙂 I always think its funny when we post about something we love so much that people start to send us recipes (I recently got a couple of links to different bar recipes ;)). The variation on meatballs looks awesome.

  4. There are so many things you said that I could quote that made me litterally LOL!

    What a GREAT average blood sugar reading for a day filled with pasta & a bagel! Go Biz!

  5. The spicy meatballs sound great! Probably too spicy for the family, but I would love them! 🙂

    Have a wonderful vacation!!!

    We really love Lake Tahoe. It’s not too far from us, and the beach and mountains are just beautiful.

  6. Life IS way too short to not enjoy a bagel now and then.

    Have a wonderful vacation…. try to get some good R&R in so that you come back refreshed and raring to go! We’ll be waiting to hear all about it.

  7. Spicy balls sound amazing!!

    I hope you have a great vacation Biz, you definitely deserve it!

  8. My favorite vacation…hmmm…the one that I am currently on. (I’m not on one right now.) Or the one I go on next.

    I would say that it was Hawaii. Probably any of the trips to Hawaii.

  9. Have a fantastically relaxing vacation, Biz! See you when you get back!

  10. ya, I like my balls tender! lol

    have a wonderful time on vacation!! Most memorable vaca for me was when my hubby took me on a surprise trip to New Orleans and it was just the two of us! So much fun!

  11. What 5k did you complete? We are in Chicago as well.

    Loving these photos. The meatballs sound and look gorgeous!

  12. The meatballs look so tasty! Have a great vacation!

  13. Have fun on vaca! My favorite was staying in a cabin by a lake last year. It was so peaceful and we weren’t on any schedule, we just enjoyed each day as it came.

  14. Your balls look very yummy and not tough at all. Question: Do you have to take more insulin when you eat that much pasta to keep your blood sugars that low? Or does the exercise bring it down enough?

    • For lunch I didn’t have to take as much insulin because I did just workout – its a fine balance – but I did have to take more at dinner time. It took me a long time to dial in what works for me, and sadly what works for me may not work for another diabetic.

      • I’m not diabetic (yet 😉 You do such a great job controlling your blood sugars and I was just curious.

  15. Woohoo for vacation!!! Have a wonderful time!!!

    My favorite place to vacation is Maui. 🙂

  16. You are so right – life is definitely TOO short to not eat bagels!!!!!!!!!

  17. Roz@weightingfor50

    HI Vat, I drooled a little on my keyboard when I saw the spagetti and meatball pic. 🙂 Have a great day and a GREAT vacation!!! Woo Hoo!!!

  18. Spicy meatballs sound so yummy. I learned my lesson about serrano peppers a few weeks ago. It was not a pretty recipe blunder.

    Have a great vacation!

  19. The food looks wonderful! That’s an awesome price for the peppers. Have a wonderful vacation 🙂 I love going to the mountains for vacation 🙂

  20. Please wave as you are driving by! Smith Mt. Lake is stunningly beautiful – you are going to have such a great time. 🙂

    Have fun and can’t wait to hear all about it.

  21. Ireland was my favorite ADVENTURE, but I guess my favorite vacation was Singapore & Hong Kong. My family trip to Montana comes in a close second because it was pretttttty freaking awesome to take my 76 and 80 year old grandparents skiing in Montana since they’d never skiied anywhere but the east coast.

  22. There is nothing like a real, point-heavy chewy bagel. But I think eating it everyday will diminish its awesomeness.

    I love that you used the Japanese panko for these southwestern meatballs! Now that’s all-American. 😀

  23. Hooray for vacation! Have fun!

    I will live vicariously through your bagel Wednesday for a couple weeks 😀

  24. I have TONS of jalapeño peppers that I could probably sub in here. Not a huge fan of spicy things but a little heat is nice. Great lunch time run!

  25. those are some good looking balls 😉 i love it with the spaghetti, delish!

    have a WONDERFUL trip! can’t wait to hear about it!

  26. Awesome idea!! Bookmarked!!! Can’t wait to be in my own apartment soon and non-summer crazy hours of work so I can COOK again!! It’s been MONTHS!

  27. I want your balls! 🙂 Have a great vacation!

  28. The meatballs sound wonderful with serranos and cumin, excellent flavors!

  29. My fave magazine is not food related at all – I’ve had a subscription to Rolling Stone since I was 16. Love the magazine.

    Have a great vacation Biz!

  30. You deserve to have bagels in your life! Have a wonderful vacation!

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