Somewhere in the past year, my 5-year-old girl has become obsessed, OB-sessed, with meatballs. She can’t get enough. When we go to the pizza place we love, she wants meatballs on her pizza. She requests spaghetti and meatballs quite regularly. And when I made our most recent batch of meatballs to fill the freezer for this fall, I had to give her some for lunch before freezing the rest.
But not everyone in our family is as mad about spaghetti and meatballs as she is. Specifically, my husband. Not because he doesn’t like meatballs. He doesn’t like pasta. I KNOW! Something that, try as I might, I cannot remedy – yes, it is an illness.
Combining the need to get dinner on the table with the many-varied desires of my family, while trying to get through the day around here can be super-difficult some days. Often I start to dread the moment when my husband asks, late-afternoon, “What’s for dinner?” Ugh.
“Um…I don’t know.”
Instead of relying on the old standby of drive thru or convenience meals this season, I am working on filling my freezer with things I can quickly prepare in the early morning (slow-cooker) or afternoon (after-school) that will make everybody happy. Or, at least most of us happy.
So, I found myself the other day taking 4.5 pounds of ground beef and making a serious amount of meatballs. I got the ground beef on sale at our new Aldi store – I am so impressed with how much a homemaker can get there on a budget! But before I got started on making those meatballs, I made sure I had some unique meatball recipes in mind to try this fall.