Slow Cooker Hawaiian Luau Meatballs

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Luau Meatballs

I don’t think it gets easier than this recipe.  When Campbell’s asked me to try another one of their Dinner Sauces to create a Christmas or New Year’s recipe, I knew what I wanted to try.

We love little cocktail meatballs and I knew Campbell’s Hawaiian Luau Dinner Sauce would make them great.  I was right!  I bumped up the pineapple in the sauce by adding a can of pineapple chunks.  The sauce also has red bell pepper in it.  It’s full of flavor and a nice twist on traditional cocktail meatballs.

These are perfect to serve at a party, but they also make a great dinner.  We had them served over rice with broccoli on the side.

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Ranch Meatballs and Pasta – 15 Minute Meal

We love Hidden Valley Ranch dressing.  So when they asked if I’d like to create a new recipe using it, I jumped at the chance.

This time, I decided to give pasta and meatballs a little Western twist with tomatoes and green chilis and a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix.

This can be made in the time it takes to boil the pasta.  That makes it a 15 minutes meal and you know I love those!

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Greek Pita Sandwiches

Saturdays are my sandwich days. Usually I  have a hearty soup brewing all day. So I put together a delicious and easy sandwich for lunch. This recipe came about because I had some leftovers from a greek salad and frozen meatballs in the freezer. I thought hmm…that could work. And well, it worked. It was so good! [Read more...]

How to Stretch Ground Beef & Bulk Meatball Recipe

The cost of ground beef has sky rocketed lately.  I was shocked to pay $10 for a 2.25 lb. package and my incentive to learn to stretch that burger was just as high as the price tag.

I made a recipe of meatballs for the freezer.  My original recipe makes about 88 meatballs.  I made a half recipe, which would have yielded 44 meatballs, but I used brown rice to stretch the meat.  I was able to get 69 meatballs.  That’s a whole extra meal!    [Read more...]

Tortellini Meatball Soup with Mini Baguettes

This meal is so fast to get on the table.  The soup cooks up very quickly and Sister Schubert’s Mini Baguettes are not only the prefect accompaniment, they are also quick to the table.

Do you like dipping bread in your soup?  I do and these were perfect for doing that.  The outside of the baguette is crunchy, making them great for dipping.  The inside is soft and warm, which gives them a homemade taste.  I also really appreciate that they are individual servings, versus a whole loaf that needs to be cut.  When you need to get dinner to the table fast, every little time-saving step helps!

The other thing I love about this whole meal is that it requires no advanced planning.  It’s basically a pantry/freezer meal.  All the ingredients can be kept on hand and pulled out when you need them.  The Mini Baguettes warm in the oven while the soup comes together.   I love meals like this!

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Meatballs and Spanish Rice

I found this recipe in Whole Foods for the Whole Family cookbook.  I’ve done a little altering to it though.  First, it calls for brown rice, which I swear I bought, but is nowhere to be found in my pantry.  So I subbed white rice.

The method for making this involves baking the raw meatballs on top of the rice.  Because of this, you’re going to need to use very lean meat or else the dish will be too greasy.  I’ve made it before with ground bison.  This time I used some of the 88 meatballs I made and froze.  I froze some of them raw, specifically to use in this dish.  A quick thaw in the microwave was all they needed.  It sped up the prep work a lot to start with the meatballs already made.

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Cheesy Rice and Meatball Skillet Dish

Remember all the 88 meatballs I made and froze?  Some of them were destined for this dish.

This is based on a recipe in an old church cookbook.  I made it according to the recipe the first time (unusual for me to follow a recipe exactly!), which means I used the Velveeta it called for.  Much as we like Velveeta, it was too gooey and sticky for us.

A week later, I gave the recipe a make-over.  I swapped out the Velveeta for Italian blend cheese and added garlic and Italian seasonings.  It’s still a quick stove-top meal, but with much better flavor.

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs over Rice

A recipe I cut out of a magazine a long time ago, inspired me to create this.  The magazine version used barbecue sauce, but I thought it would taste better with a homemade sweet and sour sauce instead.  The dish is still very easy to make and the kids loved it.  I intended to use a green pepper, but I didn’t have any.  I substituted carrots.  They were very good and it’s one of the veggies my kids like to eat.  [Read more...]

Easy Meatball Subs

I’m not sure why I never thought of doing this before.  It was so quick and simple.  My boys were very happy and the rest of us liked the subs too.  I used frozen meatballs and a jar of spaghetti sauce, so it just can’t get any easier. Perfect for a busy night. [Read more...]

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