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Easy Meatball Subs

A busy schedule means our family likes to rely on easy meals.  We really like ones that are easy to prepare, eat and clean up.  Meatball subs fit nicely into that category.

They only take a couple minutes of prep time in the morning before leaving for work and school.  They’re so easy a 4th grader can make them.

You start by spraying the bottom and sides of your crock pot with cooking spray.  Then open a bag of frozen meatballs and dump them into the crock pot.

Frozen Meatballs

Frozen Meatballs in Crockpot

 

Next, open a jar of spaghetti sauce and pour it over the meatballs.

Frozen Meatballs covered with sauce in a crockpot

Put the lid on the crock pot, set it to low, and you’re good to go about your day.  I like to have my kids switch the temperature setting from low to warm when they get home from school.

Building the meatball sub at supper time is just as easy.  Get yourself a hoagie bun, slice it in half, and pull a little bit of bread out of the top and bottom portions making a little channel for the meatballs to sit in (see picture below).

You don’t have to do this but I find it helps keep the meatballs in place instead of rolling out of your sandwich.

Hoagie Buns

Hollowed out hoagie

Now spoon in the meatballs and sauce.  Four meatballs is the perfect amount for the buns we usually get.  You can then sprinkle on some cheese if you want.

Meatball Sub Open face

 

I like to cut the sandwich in half.  It makes eating it easier and less messy.

Meatball Sub

One of these sandwiches with a lettuce and spinach salad and a piece of fruit makes a nutritious, quick, and easy supper.

A good thing about this type of meal is it’s perfect if your family needs to eat in “shifts” before evening meetings or practices.

You could also skip the buns and make a quick pot of spaghetti noodles and have an easy spaghetti and meatball meal.

I’m always looking for easy family meal ideas.  If you have some leave a comment and let me know.

What’s your favorite thing to cook in the crock pot?

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Fresh Fruit “Pizza”

One of our daughters is a fruit freak!  She hasn’t met a fruit she doesn’t like.  I think part of the reason she loves fresh fruit is that she knows fruit is safe for someone like her with a peanut and tree nut allergy.

That’s why when we saw an idea online for a fresh fruit pizza we knew it would be the perfect snack for her birthday party.

It was a BIG hit!  The crowd of eight 4th grade girls was more excited for the fruit pizza than the cake.

Fresh Fruit Pizza

It was really easy to make.  Cut a half inch section out of the center of a seedless watermelon.  Cut it into slices like you would a regular pizza.  Top it with cut fresh fruit and serve it up!

It’s simple.  It’s easy.  It’s delicious… and it’s also proof that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring!

Do you have any creative fruit ideas?  My daughter would love to hear them.

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Freezer Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast is a big hit around our house.  Many times we have it for the evening meal.  Is that called brupper or brinner?  Still trying to figure that out.  Anyway…. Last night we had breakfast burritos so I thought I’d share a recipe for making and freezing them.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 pound cooked breakfast meat (sausage, ham, bacon… whatever you like)
1 – 10oz. can Rotel (tomatoes and green chilies) drained
1 cup cooked rice
2 cups shredded cheese (I prefer cheddar jack)
1 dozen eggs
1/2 cup milk
24 medium sized tortillas (I prefer whole wheat)

Directions:

Crack eggs into bowl and add milk. Whisk until mixed. Add your favorite scrambled egg spices. (I prefer a little Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and a couple dashes of Worcestershire Sauce) Cook the egg mixture in a pan until completely scrambled.  Add scrambled eggs, rice , Rotel and breakfast meat in a large bowl and mix.

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Warm the tortillas slightly (a couple seconds in the microwave helps make them more pliable).

Place 1 tortilla on a piece of aluminum foil (approximately 12″x12″ )

Next add a scoop of the completed filling to the tortilla and sprinkle with cheese.

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Fold into a burrito and roll in the foil. You can see the whole process and how to roll the burritos in this YouTube video I made:

Depending on the size of the tortilla and how full you fill them you should get 20-24 burritos.

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Place all the burritos in freezer safe bags and put in the freezer.
When you want a burrito take it from your freezer, remove the aluminum foil, and microwave. In our microwave 2 minutes at 50% power is perfect. Then re-wrap it in the foil and you’re ready to take and eat it wherever you want. A cup of coffee, one of these and a piece of fruit will keep you full until lunchtime!

 

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