Its always good to have something in the freezer to pull out for a fast meal. Yes, you can buy the prepackaged prepared food in a box from the grocery store but its really easy to make your own. One of my favorites is meatballs. Mix-Make-Bake-Freeze...and they're ready to reheat as needed.
As you see, this recipe has several meat options/variations and includes vegetables! You can also make gluten and dairy free. (And sugar free because there is no ketchup.) Try a few different ways to find out your favorites! Pureeing the vegetables will help camouflage them if needed.
- 1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry (puree if desired)
- 2 pounds ground turkey, chicken, pork, or beef
- 1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup) (grate if you don't like onion pieces in things)
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup milk (regular or milk substitute such as almond milk also works)
- 3/4 cup bread crumbs or oatmeal
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 1/2 cup tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup pureed carrot (cook carrots, puree) (optional)
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Olive oil, for drizzling
- Preheat the oven to 400º F degrees . Place the ground meat in a large bowl. Add all other ingredients. Mix until combined, then form the mixture into balls, arrange on a nonstick baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 25 minutes or until browned. (Baking time will vary based on the size of balls you make.)
- Cool on pans completely. Freeze on the pans. Remove from pans once frozen and place in zip top bags.
- To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator or go directly from the freezer and microwave. Or heat in a skillet on the stovetop until heated through. (If using the skillet, add a little water to the pan to prevent burning.)