Freezer Meatballs – extra large batch

88 meatballs.  That’s a lot of meatballs to stash away in the freezer.

It boggles my mind, but somehow we have managed to eat all 88 meatballs and we didn’t even have company to help.  Did I mention it only took us 3 weeks to polish them off?  Yikes!

I used them for spaghetti/tortellini meals twice.  And I had two recipes to try out that used meatballs.  One of them didn’t turn out quite the way I’d hoped the first time, so I tried it again.  My kids have revolted now.  I don’t think I can feed them another meatball dish for  a while.

But, I still think it’s a great idea to have homemade meatballs in the freezer.  They taste much better than the store-bought kind and they are better for you too.  You can use them for spaghetti, of course.  But they’re also good in Sweet and Sour Meatballs over Rice and Meatball Subs.

Before we get to the recipe, I want to remind you about Virtual Freezer Cooking Day on February 19.  On that Saturday, I’ll be in my kitchen cooking freezer foods and I’ll be checking in on Facebook frequently to hear what you’re cooking in your kitchens.  Here are the details of the event.  Be sure to RSVP. There will be prizes and giveaways involved!

Back to today’s recipe:  Somehow I failed to take a picture of the finished meatballs.  The ingredient photo is at the top of the post.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker

I could have called this 3-point BBQ Chicken, because I was literally tossing things into the slow cooker from across the kitchen.  No stirring.  No mixing.  No thawing took place.

We were in a hurry to get out the door at 7:25am.  I grabbed a bag of frozen chicken breasts and dumped them in the slow cooker.  Then I tossed other ingredients in, based on the Pulled Pork recipe.  I didn’t stir or mix, just turned the pot on and let it cook.

We came in that evening to wonderful smells, so much better than if I’d just used bottled BBQ sauce.  I quickly shredded the meat and served it on buns.  This was the meal we tried out popcorn as a side dish.  It had been a crazy, busy day and popcorn was the fastest thing I could think of.  I’m pretty sure I threw some apples and/or carrots on the table too.  Some nights you’ve just got to get everyone fed.  Can I get an amen?

Here’s what you’ll need.  No ingredient photo this time, because I was in such a hurry when I made it. [Read more…]

French Dip Sandwiches in the Slow Cooker

4 ingredients (6 if you count the cheese and buns) + 1 slow cooker = 1 splendiferous dinner.  And, in case you wondered, splendiferous is in the online thesaurus.  It’s a more funtastic word than “good”, don’t you think?

I used cube steaks to make these sandwiches, but you can use round steak or another cut if you like.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

Chili Sauce Chicken Legs

chili sauce chicken legs done

The beauty of a chicken leg is not in how it looks.  They may be ugly, but they’re a kid-pleasing food that’s easy to fix.

I cooked these in the slow cooker, but you could do them in the oven instead.  Here’s what you’ll need:

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Hawaiian Grilled Chicken

I’ve been wanting to make this recipe for a long time and the Tropical Salad that goes with it.  (The salad recipe will be shared tomorrow.)  This weekend was so nice outside, perfect for grilling.  Our grill must need cleaned because we ended up with a fire that charred most of the chicken.  It had nothing to do with this chicken recipe though, so don’t let our fire deter you from making this.

The chicken marinates in a marinade made with pineapple juice and soy sauce.  It make the chicken tasty and tender.  I found the recipe on Bethany’s blog, For the Love of Grub.  She’s got lots of yummy recipes over there. [Read more…]

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