Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mexican Meatball Soup

Hello fellow mommies! Do you ever just get bored of the same old foods every night.. why not spice it up a little and turned some ground chicken into a Mexican fiesta full of flavour!

What you will need: (soup base)
2 tbsp EVOO
1 green pepper- chopped
1 red pepper- chopped
1 onion- chopped
3 cloves garlic- minced
3 green onions - chopped
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili peppers
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp basil
salt and pepper to taste
1 can of diced tomatoes with herbs
4 cups of chicken stock
1 can of chickpeas
3/4 cup of corn
2 tsp green chilies
1 lime
chopped fresh cilantro (1 palm full)

What you will need: (Meatballs)
1 pkg ground chicken or turkey
1 egg
3/4 cup bread crumbs
fresh chopped basil (1 palm full)
1 tbsp garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Mix together all ingredients (using your hands is the best way to combine them), then form into 3/4 inch balls, set aside until broth is ready.

Start of by heating a pot on med-high heat with the EVOO. Add in your peppers and onions- cook until translucent. Add in garlic and spices, let cook for about 2 mins.Add in your tomatoes and broth, mix together. Add in the chickpeas, corn and green chilies- bring to a boil. Once boiling add in your meatballs and simmer for about 30 mins.

Once the meatballs are cooked and the flavours have combined squeeze the juice of 1 lime and add in the fresh cilantro (you can omit this part if you do not like cilantro). Enjoy :)


Smarties Blond Brownies

I made this recipe a few weeks ago, when I was craving something sweet and comforting... something really satisfying to those taste buds. I love blond brownies, my grandma always used to make them growing up but no matter how hard I tried my brownies would always come out more of a cake texture, rather than a dense brownie... so I thought to myself "well if this happen again I need something to amp up the flavour!" So rummaging through my cupboards I found Smarties, A LOT of them! Perfect.

What you will need: 
1/2 cup of butter (softened)
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups Smarties

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well. Gradually add in flour baking powder and salt while beating. Fold in smarties with a spatula until incorporated.

Empty contents in an 9x13 greased baking pan. Spread evenly. Bakes 20-25 mins. Should be golden brown, I like my brownies extra gooey, that's how I get them to refrain from turning into a cake batter, so I take them out a few minutes earlier... 19 to 20 mins.

Hope you enjoy this recipe! Brownies are so flexible when it comes to ingredients... switch it up by adding nuts, chocolate chips, or even peanut butter chips!