Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Three Kinds Of Meatballs


My freezer was getting low on pre-made meals. Meatballs are so versatile; easy to freeze, and toddler friendly, and I love them, too.

This day I made three types of meatballs:

1. Pork Meatballs. I had one pound of ground pork and one pound of Italian seasoned ground pork. I put them both in the bowl with 2 eggs, one and half cups of crushed wheat crackers, garlic powder, minced onions, Italian seasoning, and a bit of water. I rarely measure anything and just sprinkled the seasonings until I thought it was a good amount :). I mixed it all up with my hands, made small balls with my cookie scoop, and baked at 4o0 degrees for 30 minutes. I gave these in mind for a sweet and sour meatballs recipe I found.

2. Beef meatballs. I had two pounds of ground beef, added 2 eggs, garlic powder, minced onion, crushed crackers, and a small can of tomato sauce. I mixed with my hands and made small meatballs with my cookie scoop (because I had toddlers in mind for this batch). I baked at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

After the beef meatballs were cooled, I put them in meal-sized packages and into the freezer. These are great for toddler lunches. On the morning I would like to server the meatballs for lunch, I dump one meal-size package into a mini crock pot. By lunch, they're defrosted and heated through.

3. I made a batch of Turkey Meatloaf Muffins. These Weight Watcher's friendly meatballs/muffins make great lunches for me.

I put them two muffins in a sandwich baggie (two muffins are four Weight Watchers points), then all the baggies in a gallon-size freezer bag. It sort of double-bags and protects them in the freezer. I do the same as with the toddler meatballs--put a meal-size portion in a mini crock pot first thing in the morning, to be defrosted and heated through by lunch time.

It feels good to have the freezer stocked again. It was quite a meatball makin' day!

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NorCalMom April 21, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Great idea to make up different kinds of meatballs. I usually only make a batch when I buy ground beef on sale. I like the idea of turkey meatloaf muffins for lunch.

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