Friday, September 7, 2012

I lost my poor meatball, when somebody sneezed...

Happy Friday! Why do these four day weeks go so slow?

I had been craving spaghetti and meatballs since Labor Day and when I crave something, the urge to eat it never goes away. So I stopped at my local Target and picked up my goodies.

I grabbed some Hunt's tomato sauce, Mrs. Dash's Garlic and Herb Seasoning, Garlic Salt, Ground Beef and Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti Noodles.

I started with the meatballs.

Instead of bread crumbs, I crumpled up some homemade croutons, an egg and some of Mrs. Dash's Garlic and Herb Seasoning and rolled out my meatballs. Cooked in the oven at 350 for 20-30 minutes.

*Tip - I buy 85% beef because I like to save a buck. However, it has more fat when you cook it so when making meatballs, cook on a rack and let the drippings fall into the pan. Less mess when it's time to add the meatballs to the sauce.

Next came the sauce. I didn't want to buy a jar because they aren't as healthy and can get too expensive.

I used one can of Hunt's Tomato Sauce, chopped up 1/4 of a yellow onion, three cloves of garlic and added some of Mrs. Dash's Garlic and Herb Seasoning until I got the taste I was looking for.

I served the meatballs and sauce over some whole wheat pasta and a little parmesan cheese on top.

You can always tell who the single girl is at the grocery store when she checks out with just one individual size Ben & Jerry's ice cream!

This dish was very cheap considering how much it fills you up (I'm not including the spices because I was out of what I had and needed to restock). Hunt's Tomato Sauce ($.81), Whole Wheat Pasta ($1.14), Ground Beef ($3.50) for a grand total of $5.45 and I'll get two yummy meals.


I want to share with you what I did with my left over chicken I had from my crockpot chicken.

I made a hearty, healthy soup! There was more chicken than I could eat so I just mixed it in with some celery, carrots, low sodium chicken broth and some whole grains. Target had this great pouch of grains like barley, wild rice, etc and all I had to do was pop it in the microwave for 90 seconds, then add it to my soup.

I already had the carrots and chicken, so between the celery, mix of grains and chicken broth, I probably paid $5.00. I got about 4 good portions of soup and froze individual servings to bring for lunch. I usually bring a salad on the side too.

Romaine lettuce, carrots, homemade croutons and a greek viniagrette dressing. Super yummy lunch!

For all the single ladies out there, going through the check out with your one individual sized Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. This is for you...

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