Happy Monday all!

I don’t know about you, but up here in Colorado, we are in the middle of a snow. This translates to this – I don’t want to go anywhere. At. All.

It also means that nothing hits the spot like a bowl of hearty soup. It’s filling, it’s easy to make and it makes for great leftovers. The one issue I have found is getting the kids to eat soup. The Princess doesn’t seem to like the consistency of soup, so we have taken to letting her eat it with bread to beef up the consistency. My son will eat soup, but only certain kinds.

Here are two recipes we have made in the past two weeks that have turned out really tasty (and are healthy!):

Albondigas

This is a traditional Mexican meatball soup that is GREAT when served with warm, buttered tortillas dipped in.

* About the measurements – I don’t have exacts, because this is a dish my husband makes and he doesn’t measure. Anything.

  • Ground Beef - we have used many mixtures, including vennison, elk and turkey. No matter what you mix in, it needs to have a base of ground beef for the flavor and the little bit of fat.
  • Onion, chopped
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cilantro, fresh
  • Tomatoes, fresh
  • Mint, fresh
  • 1 small can Medium or Mild Green Chili
  • 1 Egg
  • Rice, optional – this is used to hold the meat together
  • Beef bouillon – to taste
  • Caldo de Pollo – to taste

Mix everything into the meat except the beef boullion and the Caldo De Pollo. The egg and the rice help the meatballs stick together. Form into medium to large meatballs, then place in a large saucepan.

Fill the saucepan with water and set to boil.

Add some beef bouillion and Caldo de Pollo depending on your tastes.

Boil for a minimum of 30 minutes. Boiling longer helps the soup have more flavor.

Serve with warm tortillas.

This dish can be made spicier if you want.

Ham with Greens

This is a traditional Black “soul food” dish that I grew up on. I tried to make it as healthy as possible, by adding spinach as the greens. You can also add Green Beans.

  • 1 package Ham Hocks, Ham Bone or even bacon
  • 1 clump Greens – could be Collard, Mustard, Spinach, etc.
  • Potatoes
  • Salt
  • Pepper

In a large saucepan, put the ham hocks and cover with water.

Rinse and rip the greens into small-ish pieces and add to the pot.

Cut potatoes into chunks – add to pot.

Boil until the potatoes are soft. Taste intermittantly and add salt and pepper as needed.

Serve with warm, buttered corn bread. Yummmmmmmm.

So, what are your favorite soups to make during winter and do your kids eat them? As always, leave it in the comments!

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