Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sandra Lee

I feel all Sandy Lee with this post. Now I realize my blog hasn't been updated as frequently as some would like. This isn't because I am not cooking, I am just making things I have made in the past, so they aren't really blog worthy.

I am using up some leftovers (one big batch of chili equates to chili for lunch, baked potatoes topped with chili for dinner, chili fries; you get the idea) We have been eating soup & sandwiches (chicken phillys; grilled sandwiches, etc...) So really, nothing all that exciting. January was a month of the grocery store boycott and I did really well on the spending. I look forward to February, but I must say, its a lot easier to eat semi-healthy & save money than to eat super healthy & save money.

(Ok focus now. This whole pregnancy thing has my mind wandering.)

The reason I say this dinner is Sandy Lee is that I barely made anything from scratch. I had some frozen Italian meatballs in the freezer & wanted to use them up. But I didn't want to make spaghetti & meatballs. While I searched for recipes that involved meatballs, Swedish meatballs seemed to make the the top of each list. A dinner that was easy enough to make & came together quite quickly.

Jule-Lee's Semi Homemade Swedish Meatballs
20 frozen meatballs
1 jar beef gravy
1/2 packet of onion soup mix
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup light sour cream
a little flour or cornstarch & water
extra wide egg noodles

1. Cook the meatballs according to the directions on the package. Mine said to cook in an oven at 375 for 15-20 minutes.
2. In skillet, add beef gravy & onion soup mix. Heat for about 5 minutes, then add the sour cream. Continue to stir until well incorporated.
3. Start a pot of water boiling for the noodles, cook according to package & preference.
3. Once the meatballs are done, add them to the beef gravy mixture. Sprinkle with parsley. Bring to simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Now if you'd like your sauce to be thicker, add a mixture of cornstarch & water & simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

(So there are ways to make this healthier, like making your own meatballs using ground turkey.) This made 4 meals, 5 meatballs per meal.

I served this with peas only b/c every recipe I found that had a picture of Swedish meatballs included peas on the side. Can someone explain to me why peas are THE side to go with Swedish Meatballs??

1 comment:

Joelen said...

Well we can't make everything from scratch all of the time! looks delicious and that's what it all comes down to :)