Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Easy Peasy

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Ok, so not really "peasy" because I am marrying a man who would rather suck on his own shoe than eat peas...but I thought I'd do a quick blog about our dinner tonight. Many times I have to scale myself back from doing "too much" for dinner. As much as I would love to, most nights I can't spend 4-5 hours in the kitchen making everything from scratch and a variety of courses! Who has the time? So I'm cutting myself back to making more elaborate meals maybe once or twice a week. Does this mean comprimising on good food and flavor? Absolutely not!

Tonight was a perfect example of an easy, healthy and tasty meal I made out of the staples stashed around the kitchen. Classic spaghetti and meatballs! It took about 20 minutes and I think we ate it in even less time - it was so tasty!

The key to making a jarred sauce taste homemade is all in the spices. I always doctor up my sauces with plenty of italian herbs (oregano, basil, parsley), other spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder), and extra veggies (mushrooms, onions, shredded carrot, shredded zucchini). While I doctored up the sauce, I was baking meatballs in the oven.

Em's Meatballs
- 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
- oregano
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (fine)

Just mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl with your hands, forming tight meatballs. Place them in a baking dish and cook in a 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes. Once they're done, add them to the sauce.

I served the sauce and meatballs over a simple spaghetti and quickly steamed green beans to go with. We both often eat salads for lunch, so I've been trying to come up with other options for veggie side dishes at dinner.

So there you are - a 20 minute dinner that still tastes homemade!

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