Spicy Tomato Soup with Chicken Meatballs

I was never able to open the pictures my sister took on Sunday, but our friends gave us some old pictures that had me laughing.  I know I’ve talked about having glasses as big as my face before, but what’s with the giant mumu flower printed dresses?

I think these were both taken in 1996 – this picture below was when my sister was 7 months pregnant with her son who just turned 16!  Because you really can’t tell which one if us is pregnant, I am on the right side.

I know why I wore those shapeless dresses.  I somehow had the illusion that no one would realize I was fat and it would “hide” the fat, but in retrospect, they only make me look bigger!   I was only 28 in those pictures – it seems like such a lifetime ago. 😀

So I decided to do the Simply Filling plan yesterday.  I thought my breakfast would be perfect – I made another breakfast parfait, this time leaving out the granola to save on my flex points – this one was pommegranate Chobani, apple and banana.  It wasn’t until I entered my breakfast into eTools AFTER I ate it, that I realized only plain Greek yogurt is on the simply filling plan, so my breakfast was 4 points, leaving me with 30 for the rest of the week.  Sadly I left my camera at home – after I took my lunch pictures, my battery was low so I was charging my camera in my bosses office and walked off without it.  Um, pretty sure you’ve seen your fair share of my parfaits though! 😀

I worked through lunch yesterday so no run/walk – it was actual normal 40ish degrees when I left the house this morning!

I did, however, come up with a super tasty spicy tomato soup.  All the ingredients were on the “super food” list, except for the bread crumbs.  Half a cup of bread crumbs is 5 points, so divided by 4 servings, this was 1.25 Simply Filling points, 8 WW points if you are counting points, and 348 calories, 11 fat, 17 carbs, 1.45 fiber and 36 protein if you count calories.  Whew!

Spicy Tomato Soup with Chicken Meatballs

  • makes four servings:  2 1/4 cups of broth and 10 meatballs.  I love balls.

Ingredients for Balls:

  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for the soup:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper (I added 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper to each batch of meatballs I seared)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 12 ounce jar roasted red peppers, packed in water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

I tend to be a throw everything in the pool kinda cook.   Throw all the ingredients for the balls in a food processor and pulse until it has the texture of ground beef.  Shape into 40 balls and cook in 1 teaspoon of olive oil and Pam over pretty high heat – you want to sear the outside, but not cook them all the way through.

Next, in a large stock pot – add all the soup ingredients, except the apple cider.  Using a stick blender, I blended the tomato mixture, then added the balls into the soup and simmered for about 15 minutes, or until the balls are cooked through.  Remove from heat and add the apple cider vinegar and adjust the salt if needed.  Serve with cilantro.

Luckily I had taken pictures over the weekend when I made this soup – this is such a flavorful soup – spicy, but flavorful spicy.  And super filling – get it, since I am doing the Super Filling plan on WW?!  I crack myself up sometimes. 😀

I had beef stroganoff on the menu – but my version literally is ready in about 15 minutes.  The only thing that takes a while is boiling the water for the egg noodles.  Except egg noodles aren’t a super food, so I nuked a spaghetti squash for myself.

Skippy, I am sorry to keep showing you my cheap meat prices!  I bought two of these for our dinner.

My other secret weapon – a packet of brown gravy.  Literally ready in about 3 minutes.  I sauteed mushrooms for Tony to add to his.

My store sells these 2/$1 and sometimes they go on sale 4/$1 and I stock up.  1/4 cup of gravy is only 20 calories!

My plate – sorry this is a bad picture, but this was tasty.  Spaghetti squash, beef, brown gravy and chopped baby spinach.  All on the Simply Filling plan. 😀

Don’t forget to enter your BSI – Pasta recipe.  Either leave your link in the comments section of this post, or email me your recipe at mybizzykitchen@gmail.com and I’ll post it for you on recap day.

Come back tomorrow for a Lighter Corn Chowder Soup – I am switching back to counting points today – love that you can switch back and forth!

Make it a great day!

Advertisements

22 thoughts on “Spicy Tomato Soup with Chicken Meatballs

  1. Ah! That soup is SO something I would love (you knew it ;)). Tomato soup is just comfort in a bowl (IMO). We had spaghetti squash this week too. Deliciousness. Hope you have a good one

  2. It is so hard for me to look back at photos of myself. I was notorious for wearing everything much too large. You’re absolutely right it didn’t really hide anything. The clothing just made me look bigger.

    One thing is for certain you and your sister have been blessed with the anti-aging gene! Your face looks exactly the same Biz just thinner. Lucky girl!!

    I have been craving tomato soup lately. This looks delicious.

  3. I have not eaten nearly enough tomato soup these past few months, I absolutely love the stuff! What a great idea to add chicken meatballs too, kinda like a meatball sub in soup form especially with some melted cheese on top or cheese toast on the side. I’d eat this meal any day, sounds so good!

    • I am giving below three repcies for the meal, the ingredients could be changes to suit the taste and number of persons.These are simple to make.Hope you like it.1. Chicken, Apple And Pineapple Salad Ingredients•3 rings Pineapple•1 cubed Apple•1 cup Mayonnaise•1 Cucumber cut finely•2-3 Cherries•1 Celery cut finely•Half cup grated cheese•Half cup boiled and shredded chickenMethod:1.Mix shredded chicken with mayonnaise in a bowl.2.Once it is mixed well, add grated cheese in it and mix apples and pineapples . Place the cherries on top.3.Chill for 30 minutes and serve.2. Spicy Mint NoodlesIngredients:2-cup noodles (Boiled)1 piece chicken0-12 Shrimps bc cupOnion (slice) bc cupCarrots (julienne)bc cup Capsicum (julienne)bc cup Bean sproutsbc cup cabbage (julienne)1 tsp Gingerbc cup Mint (optional)1 tbsp Madras curry powder1 tsp Vinegara pinch of MSG1 tsp hot chili oil1 no. Egg1 tbsp spring onion3 tbsp Vegetable oilSalt to taste Method1.Heat oil in a wok and add onions, carrots, and green bell pepper. Toss them in high heat for 3-4 minutes. Set aside.2.Add 1 tbsp. of oil and saute9 ginger and chicken; stir them for about 2-3 minutes, then add shrimp and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add madras curry powder, noodles, tomato ketchup (2 tbsp), green chili sauce (1 tbsp), MSG, vinegar and mint.3.Once everything is mixed well, add cabbage, bean sprouts and mix them well.4.Cook eggs in a shallow pan and cut in julienne strips.5.Garnish with these egg strips and chopped spring onions. 3. Chicken ManchurianIngredients:Chicken 1 kg vinegar 4 tbswhite pepper 1 tbsAjinomoto 1 tbs Soya sauce 2 tbsGarlic paste 1 tspGinger paste 1 tspTomato paste 4 tbsTomato ketchup 6 tbs Red chili grounded 3 tspLemon juice 2 tsp Salt to tasteOil 2 tbsChicken stock 1 cup Method:1.In chicken add lemon juice, Soya sauce, ajinomoto salt ,white pepper and vinegar.2.Heat oil in a pan and fry chicken until water dries.3.Now add garlic and ginger paste. Saute9 it for 2 minutes.4.Now add tomato ketchup and a pinch of red food color and cook for another 2 minutes.5.Add chicken stock and let it dry6.Serve it with rice. Hope you like it.stallion.

  4. The simply filling plan seems interesting, and that’s pretty cool that you can switch back and forth between that and counting points.

    I love spaghetti squash, and never even think about replacing it in other pastas besides ones with tomato sauce. Yum!

    • I have to admit Sam, I was a bit skeptical too, but it was delicious! And I discovered that my “flex” points follow me when I switch back and forth – so yesterday after entering my food on the eTools as simply filling, I had 28 flex points left.

      Today I switched back to tracking points, and I have 28 flex points left for the week – cool! 😀

  5. soup looks great! balls are yummy! lol 🙂

    you look younger NOW than you did in those pictures!!! true story!

  6. Your soup looks delicious! And the meatballs what a great addition. Those meatballs could be used so many different ways too….yum, thinking about the possibilities 🙂

  7. That soup looks fabulous! and I am loving those meatballs!!

  8. I would never think to put meatballs in tomato soup. Great idea!

  9. Biz, you haven’t aged a bit! You look fabulous!

  10. I had glasses that looked a lot like that, and truth be told I had them until a few years ago LOL! I just never wear my glasses except from the bathroom to the bedroom after taking out my contacts.

  11. I am drooling over that tomato soup! It looks delish!

  12. Eeee~hahahaha! You look adorable with those geeky glasses! Ah but Biz, you still look as young as 28!

    I’m in love with that soup!! You and I both love our spice, and I’ll probably be adding more pepper flakes to that. 😀

  13. That spicy tomato soup with meatballs looks amazing! Great flavor, YUM! 🙂

  14. That soup looks great, I love meatballs. The old pictures are hilarious, you have definitely come a long way, and I am not just talking about the glasses 🙂

  15. Love the pictures of you two…you look great. The meatball’s ;look fabulous

  16. Old photos are the best! Though almost all of the photos of me during my fatter years make me cringe, it is still funny to look at them and say “what was I THINKING wearing that?!”… and remembering that at the time I thought it looked awesome.
    The soup looks SO good- right up my alley! I love spicy tomato anything- such a great combination. And I would have never thought to add meatballs to tomato soup. Can’t wait to make it!

  17. You have great skin, Biz! I’m jealous.

    • Thanks Amanda – its all genes – I don’t do anything really to take care of it other than to wash it with shampoo and put moisturizer on it before I go to bed. 😀

  18. I have far too many photos of myself with “those” glasses. Soon as I hook up my new printer/scanner I’ll post some. So Scary!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s