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Friday, October 21, 2016

Meatloaf Meatballs

I am always looking for short cuts to get good homemade meals on our table.  This is an example....I love meatballs, but I find the process time consuming and messy all around with more steps than I'd like.  I found myself making Meatloaf more often, because well it was just easier and faster, but guess what - they have about the same ingredient list (at least in our house!)   So what I do now, is make a Meatloaf and then simply cut it into 'meatball' pieces for dishes like this!

My simple Meatloaf recipe:

1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 organic ketchup
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp canola oil

Mix it all together and put into greased meatloaf pan and bake at 350 for one hour.

We actually ate it meatloaf style when I made it, but then I had 1/4 of it leftover and it became a great lunch the next day, as meatballs, over my favorite pasta substitute: spaghetti squash!

So here is the 1/4 pound piece of Meatloaf left over from the night before.

I cut it down the middle and then into halves creating 8 pieces.

Cut those into half to make 16 little meatballs; 8 for my lunch and 8 to save for the kiddos dinner.

Then it was time to plate up my lunch:

1 cup of precooked Spaghetti Squash.

Topped with a heaping 1/2 cup of organic Marinara.

The meatballs of course!

Parmesan cheese on top, a couple minutes in the microwave and done.  And yum!

This delicious and totally satisfying meal and didn't feel a bit like just leftovers; this one is going into the weekly rotation here!