Once A Month Cooking (OAMC) Meatballs



My kids hate spinach, but they unknowingly eat a lot of it.  What?  Yes!  In their meatballs!!  We are a meatball lovin' family.  We like them in spaghetti, on sub sandwiches, over polenta etc. etc. etc.  I cook up batches of about 100 at a time for my freezer.  I always have them on hand for a quick dinner or a batch of spaghetti. I have seen kids who normally don't like meat and who would never even think of eating spinach gobble these up. And for adults, these are low-carb, lean and low-calorie.

This recipe makes up about 100 meatballs, but you can half it easily.


Ingredients:

4 pounds ground beef (You can substitute all ground turkey for a lower fat recipe).
2 pounds of ground turkey
20 ounces frozen spinach (thaw and squeeze all the liquid out of it).
2 cups finely grated Parmesan
4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pepper
4 eggs
4 teaspoons dried basil
4 teaspoons dried parsley
4 teaspoons of Italian Seasoning
4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I prefer Panko type)

Directions:

(1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees


(2) In a very large mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey, spinach, cheese, eggs, spices and bread crumbs. Using clean hands, mix all then ingredients together well. 


(3) Roll meat into balls a tad bigger then golf balls (these shrink upon cooking).  Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet lined with a silicone liner (i.e. Silpat).  Bake for 15 minutes.  Turn the meatballs over.  Bake an additional 10 minutes or until cooked through.   

Let the meatballs cool and then freeze the extra as shown here: http://www.christineiscooking.com/2011/07/freezer-burn-saving-your-food-without.html

To use: remove the amount of cooked meatballs from the freezer that you need a few hours ahead of time to thaw.  In a pinch, you can just defrost them in the microwave straight from the freezer, but be careful not to overheat them. 



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  1. Awesome idea. Looks simple and fun
    Thanks!

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Once A Month Cooking (OAMC) Meatballs



My kids hate spinach, but they unknowingly eat a lot of it.  What?  Yes!  In their meatballs!!  We are a meatball lovin' family.  We like them in spaghetti, on sub sandwiches, over polenta etc. etc. etc.  I cook up batches of about 100 at a time for my freezer.  I always have them on hand for a quick dinner or a batch of spaghetti. I have seen kids who normally don't like meat and who would never even think of eating spinach gobble these up. And for adults, these are low-carb, lean and low-calorie.

This recipe makes up about 100 meatballs, but you can half it easily.


Ingredients:

4 pounds ground beef (You can substitute all ground turkey for a lower fat recipe).
2 pounds of ground turkey
20 ounces frozen spinach (thaw and squeeze all the liquid out of it).
2 cups finely grated Parmesan
4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pepper
4 eggs
4 teaspoons dried basil
4 teaspoons dried parsley
4 teaspoons of Italian Seasoning
4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I prefer Panko type)

Directions:

(1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees


(2) In a very large mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey, spinach, cheese, eggs, spices and bread crumbs. Using clean hands, mix all then ingredients together well. 


(3) Roll meat into balls a tad bigger then golf balls (these shrink upon cooking).  Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet lined with a silicone liner (i.e. Silpat).  Bake for 15 minutes.  Turn the meatballs over.  Bake an additional 10 minutes or until cooked through.   

Let the meatballs cool and then freeze the extra as shown here: http://www.christineiscooking.com/2011/07/freezer-burn-saving-your-food-without.html

To use: remove the amount of cooked meatballs from the freezer that you need a few hours ahead of time to thaw.  In a pinch, you can just defrost them in the microwave straight from the freezer, but be careful not to overheat them. 



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Copyright 2013 christineiscooking.com This is an original recipe. You may repost this recipe and its directions only if it is accompanied by a direct link back to the article on my site. You must be given my express permission for any other use. You can contact me at admin@christineiscooking.com

1 comment:

  1. Awesome idea. Looks simple and fun
    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete

I LOVE to hear from my readers! Because of spam comments, I have to review all comments before they are published. I check and respond to comments at least once daily. Thanks, Christine