Mama Mia Meatball Soup

 I have been missing, but I finally found my way back. It has been a very long time since I last blogged. With moving to a new city (Las Vegas Baby!), getting situated in our new home, and getting my son's doctors appointments squared away, blogging just seemed to be placed on the back burner. (Not to mention, I fell off plan and ate everything under the desert sun! I think Vegas is the BUFFET capital of the world! Everywhere I go there is a buffet calling out my name. Geesh! Don't come to Vegas when you are dieting or at least if you are dieting and unprepared!) Now that I am all binged out, I really feel good this time around. Today is my third day back on plan and for the first time in a very long time I feel I can honestly get it done! I think it may be my twentieth time re-starting... okay... okay.... maybe more like the hundredth time, but who's counting? What is important is what I do today. I can't change the past so now I must move on. Forget that I had almost a dozen donuts one day last week, or the large pizza at one sitting and other unhealthy foods I won't mention. I think we can all relate to how difficult it is to lose weight. If it were easy, everyone would be skinny, right? I am not even quite sure why I love to eat so much. The comforting and happy feeling of eating that piece of cake or maybe two or possibly three pieces doesn't even last long because by the time I finish eating, I feel disappointed, disgusted, and even upset at myself. Well, change is coming... and I like it :) I will keep you posted on how my weight loss goes.

As for the recipe. I really enjoyed this one. I was looking for a tomato based soup that would remind me of spaghetti and meatballs and this did the trick. I think what I liked most about this recipe is that it uses only a few ingredients so it is great weekday meal for us busy people. My husband is hard to please and he really liked this recipe too. Not bad, considering he isn't on a weight loss plan. I would only have this occasionally because of the sodium content. Between the canned, diced tomatoes, beef broth and meatballs, you better drink lots of water! Enjoy the recipe!

Mama Mia Meatball Soup

5 Trader Joe Flame Broiled Turkey Meatballs or 10 Butterball Italian Style Turkey Meatballs or 5 Jennie-O Homestyle Meatballs (1 Lean)
1 cup Great Value Italian diced tomatoes, less than 5 g of carbs per 1/2 cup (2 Greens)
1/2 cup zucchini, chopped (1 Green)
1 1/2 cups low sodium beef broth (1 1/2 Condiments)

1/8 tsp black pepper (1/4 Condiment)
1/2 tsp Dried Basil Leaves (1/4 Condiment)

Heat meatballs in microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. I did this so I could cut the meatballs in 4 pieces. You could place them in the saucepan whole, if desired.

Puree diced tomatoes in a small chopper, blender or magic bullet until desired consistency. I did it for about 5 seconds so that it resembled more of a sauce than chunks of tomatoes.

Combine meatballs, zucchini, tomatoes, beef broth and basil in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Let simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes.

 1 Lean, 3 Greens and 2 Condiments

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