This is inspired by the Albondiga soup of my childhood.  This is not an authentic Albondiga soup, but it has some of the essentials in Mexican cooking, like cumin and cilantro. Garlic would also be a nice addition.
If you are a Foodie chances are that you enjoy cooking by inspiration.  If you are like us, you probably use your cookbooks more for inspiration rather than following a recipe exactly.   This recipe was cut and pasted from a recipe adventure my family went on some time ago.  Use it to inspire your next savory sensation.  If you would like take a short cut use organic chicken or beef broth.

I started this Albondiga (Meatball) stew around 8:30AM, so that it would be done in time for a late lunch.

Quinoa Albondiga Stew

To make Beef Broth (I keep grass fed beef bones in the freezer to add to soups like this)

Water –  I used an average size soup pot to make this dish. Filled about 3/4 with water

1 lb Cubed Organic Beef

2 Carrots Diced

1 Onion Diced

1 tsp Cumin


Put all ingredients into the soup pot and I let it come to a high heat and then simmered for an hour before  adding vegetables. (These were veggies from our garden)

Sorry this was a while ago and I didn’t notate the amount of vegetables to put in, but that is ok because this is a very forgiving recipe.  Use whatever veggies you have on hand, corn would be nice.

Green Beans

Leafy Greens





As that continues to cook bringing out the flavor,  begin to make the Albondigas:

2.5 Ground Turkey

1/2 cup Quinoa uncooked

Organic Italian Garden Seasoning

handful Parsley Chopped

1/2 handful Basil Chopped

Salt/Pepper to taste

Smoked Paprika to taste

Now for the directions: This is the actual journal entry that day…

I rolled the balls, actually my daughter did, and dropped them into the stew and we simmered until lunch time about 1pm.

I used some leftover plain rice from the day before and I combined it with the stew just before serving.

I did this for two reasons: My son can’t eat rice and because it saves the integrity of the stew from getting mushy.

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