Nov 21, 2013

On the Kid's Table: Meatballs

I have made meatballs with spaghetti before and I made meatballs as an stand alone meal before. And every single time I have ever made meatballs, Addison has loved them. So I decided to add meatballs into the lunch menus. How can I not when the girl loves them so much?

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Here's What You Need:
1 pound hamburger - I guess you could also use ground turkey you want, but I decided to go with the good old ground beef
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup Panko (or bread crumbs)
1 small onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup minced fresh basil

Here's What You Do:
Beat the milk in the eggs and set aside. Mix all the ingredients together, then mix in the milk and eggs. Combine. Form into golfball size meatballs. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes on a baking sheet, coated with cooking spray.







When I made the meatballs, I decided to make them on Sunday the week before I put him on Addison's lunch menu. It takes time to make these, so by making them the day before I don't have to worry about trying to do it with a hungry little girl waiting, hungry and crying. They were actually really easy to make. Meatballs aren't generally hard. Put all the ingredients in a bowl, combine and form the meatballs.

I came up with a total of 12 meatballs, which meant she could have two per day. [When I make up Addie's lunch menu, I come up with two meals basically so the meals alternate - we like variety.] Which meant that she would only be having six per week, which meant I had six left over. I decided to freeze the other six. I put them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and slid them into the freezer. Once they are frozen, I pulled them out and put them into a labeled freezer bag, so I could either pull out individually or another week of six meatballs.

Addison didn't care if they were freshly made that week or frozen, thawed and heated back up in the microwave. She loved them and ate two large meatballs happily. Again, they take a little bit of work but they are easy to heat up once they are in the fridge or thaw if they were put in the freezer. Meatballs are always a bit hit.


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