Meatballs M2F

Meatballs!!!

I Love love love this recipe… It freezes amazing… It’s SUPER easy to make, but it does require getting your hands a bit messy with raw meat, so it that’s not your thing maybe plan for gloves!

I love Meatballs with Sweet and Sour sauce (see our favorite recipe for this here! psst.. it’s also a GF and DF recipe!) Or with your Favorite Strogonoff recipe! (our favorite one will be on here soon)

Meatballs

1lb Hamburger

2 Eggs Beaten

½ C milk* (see DF sub below)

½ C Parmasean Cheese* (see DF sub below)

1C Panko Bread crumbs * (see GF sub below)

1 Onion minced

2 Garlic cloves (or 2 tsp jarred minced garlic in oil)

½ t oregano

1 t salt

¼ t pepper

Put ALL ingredients into a large mixing bowl and mix together with a wooden spoon or (my fav) your Hands! Mix until everything is well incorporated form meat into Pingpong sized meat balls

Bake on cookie sheet at 350 for 20-25min till internal temp is 165. No need to turn meatballs.

For easier clean up, place a piece of parchment paper on the cookie sheet before putting meatballs on it.

*For GF option use GF Bread crumbs, or in place of breadcrumbs you can crush up GF rice cripies!

*For Dariy Free ( DF ) Sub parm cheese for for extra breadcrumbs (use half the amount so 1/2c = 1/4c subbed in breadcrumbs) and use your fav UNFLAVORED dairy substitute for milk

For an extra level of flavor especially if you are using the meatballs with gravy or stroganoff, add 1 packet of Ranch Dressing powdered seasoning… you’ll never go back!

Once they are fully cooked, allow them to cool and place in ziplock bags to freeze.

I often portion them into full meals along with Rice or Noodles and either gravy or Sweet and Sour sauce too and freeze it altogether for a quick and easy dinner that just needs to be heated up!

 

Enjoy!

-A-

 

 

Sweet and Sour Sauce M2F

So here is the first segment in our Meals to Freeze ( M2F ) series

Maybe your looking at this title thinking “How on earth is sweet and sour sauce a meal”… well I’ll tell you… it just is.

My favorite way to eat it is over rice, or with meatballs, or to use it as dip for your Frozen Asian appy package you picked up at Costco on a whim but used all the good sauce it came with in the first day (not that I’ve ever done that)

So needless to say I LOOOOOOoooooooove sweet and sour sauce… But I’m picky about it!

It’s got to be just the perfect amount of sweet and a bit of sour… and has to be thick enough to stick to everything!

My mom makes THE BEST sweet and sour sauce growing up, though I’m probably slightly bias.

So I called my mom today before writing this up, figuring I should ask the source of the recipe before I spread it into the world wide interweb. This originated from an elderly Chinese Lady my Uncle knew… who gave it to my Aunt, who gave it to my mom… (which makes sense why it’s so good!)

It is SO simple.. basically if you can cook KD (or even if you can’t) you can cook this.

Sweet and Sour Sauce

¾ C sugar

1/3 C White vinegar

2 Tablespoon cornstarch

1C water

¾ C Ketchup

1 Small can of pineapple chunks (optional)

In small saucepan add all ingredients other then pineapple and cook on Med heat stirring while it cooks and cook until it turns translucent

Add pineapple and simmer till pineapple is heated through

That’s it, and I promise you won’t regret this one!

it’s Gluten Free and Dairy Free, super cost effective to make in large quantities, and Freezes like a dream. It can be served over almost anything, or used as just a straight dipping sauce!

Enjoy!

-A-

 

 

 

 

Meals to Freeze (M2F)

So it’s been over a year since I added anything here!

As it seems to go with my grand plans, I last posted about “2015” from scratch… that night.. literally after I posted, I was in a car accident… and that kinda kiboshed any of my grand plans on sharing recipes!

So here we are in 2016… School is just starting for my kids and I’m hoping to have more time to plug into here a bit!

Onward….!

I Love to cook for others… it’s probably one of my favorite ways to serve others in my church and community. I am so thankful that I had the blessing of growing up in the family I did (my Miller and Nicolaye family) that knew how to take care of others well… and FEED others well!

I often get asked for the recipes I use to make freezer meals. Things that are easy and Cheap.. er.. “cost effective” to make (especially when you are trying to stretch ingredients for helping others out with meals) but still taste great! Not all of the Meals I’m going to be listing are huge cost savers but some of them definitely will be and I’ll make a note of it.

So I’m going to start a series here called “Meals to freeze” I’ll tag each title with M2F so they are easy to find!

I’ll add variations as I can to them to help accommodate Gluten Free meals (search GF ) and Dairy Free (search DF )

So here we go, I hope you enjoy them

-A-