Fiddledaddy was out of town all week on business. Which meant that I could get away with meals like Hot Dogs, Frozen Pizza, OH YES, YOU CAN EAT CEREAL FOR DINNER. It also meant that I didn’t have to fight over the remote with anyone once the children were mercifully asleep.
A hollow victory, because I had to watch Lost all alone. And Lost, especially 3 hours of it, is likely to lead to restless sleep and nightmares about smoke monsters and VW buses.
Thankfully, he returned bearing gifts. The children acquired some video games, but I am the one who SCORED. Fiddledaddy brought me a German Chocolate Cake. Because nothing says “I love you and I’m sorry that I left you all alone with our insane children” like a German Chocolate Cake.
This is where I would like to tell you that I employed all of my will power and said “it’s the thought that counts” and fed the cake to my family. Thusly saving my fragile metabolism. But that would be a lie from the pit of hell. I scarfed that cake down before the dinner dishes were even cleared from the table. And yes, reluctantly, I shared with the children. But they did ask in unison, HEY, WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CHERRY ON TOP?
Anyhoo. When Fiddledaddy is home for dinner, I like to cook a well rounded meal. And by well rounded, I mean that there is a protein, a complex carb, and some vegetables. BUT IT HAS TO BE SIMPLE. I have no time, patience, or fortitude to whip up fancy meals anymore. (As if I ever did.)
Swedish Meatballs are a favorite with my children. I got this recipe from my e-mealz membership. I can’t say enough good things about e-mealz. They have saved me COUNTLESS hours and headaches by putting together meal plans and grocery lists for me. (The button is on my left sidebar, and pssst, if you order a membership using the coupon code “Dave”, you get a 3 month membership for $12.50, instead of $15.00.) This is an extremely easy recipe, and you can make extra and freeze some for later.
- 2 lb.. Lean Ground Beef
- 1 Onion, finely chopped
- 1 Cup Fine Bread Crumbs *
- 2 Eggs, beaten
- 1/2 Cup Milk (recipe called for 1 C., I use 1/2 C.)
- 1 t. Salt **
- 1/4 t. Ground Pepper
- 1/2 t. Garlic Powder (or you could use Allspice)
- 1 Envelope Dry Onion Soup Mix ***
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 T. Flour
- 1 C. Milk
- Salt & Pepper to season
* In lieu of bread crumbs, I use Rothbury Farms Seasoned Croutons. They are with whole wheat flour and THEY ARE TASTY. Gives the meatballs extra flavor. Just beat them into submission bread crumbs with a kitchen mallet.
** Please note: the recipe called for 2 t. salt. I tend to use less than what a recipe states, and I think 1 t. is perfect.
*** Also, it’s hard to find envelopes of Dry Onion Soup Mix that do not contain MSG. I find them at the health food store. I’ll buy several at a time, and then just stick them in the freezer until I need them.
Meatballs: Mix all meatball ingredients together. I wear those handy medical gloves so that I can use my hands WITHOUT EVER HAVING TO ACTUALLY TOUCH RAW MEAT. Form into 1″ meatballs. Place in a 13 x 9 glass baking dish. Bake @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Drain off any grease.
Personally, I love the fact that these are made in the oven, and not in a skillet. But I reckon you could if you felt the urge.
Gravy: In a large skillet, combine gravy ingredients. Stir well. Add cooked meatballs and simmer for 20 minutes.
I love to serve this over whole wheat wide noodles with a side of green beans.
Come to think of it, a slab of German Chocolate Cake might just complete this meal. Followed by a brisk 20 mile walk.
Have a wonderful weekend!