Meatballs and Menus

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Last step in the big prep.  I was able to buy ground turkey at Costco for 2.29 a lb. and I bought about 8 lbs.  We made taco meat, sloppy joes, and meatballs. Taco meat can be pulled out for the obvious, tacos, but also for salads, quesadillas and nachos. The meat yielded two-quart size bags of the taco mixture, then we made two bags of sloppy joe mix.

The rest we made into meatballs, and they are so easy (and fast). We mixed the ingredients in my Kitchenaid, used a small cookie scoop to form the balls, baked on tinfoil lined cookie sheets and let cool. This small effort produced 5 quart size bags of frozen meatballs now ready for Swedish Meatballs, Subs, Teriyaki, BBQ and one extra. This was well worth the effort. On those nights we get home later, or life happens, one more thing ready for a fast dinner. I was pleasantly surprised to see there was no fat surrounding the meatballs on the sheet after cooking, unlike when I use beef. Every step reduces the last-minute panic of nothing to eat, running to fast food.

Here is the menu I promised…remember this is just a general guideline not a taskmaster. This should only help us friends, not enslave us. I won’t make them all, those might get pushed to next month. BUT, I will not stand here at night and wonder what is for dinner! Can you say, part-e-yy???

Menu Plan For August

  1. IHOP pancakes/sausage/fruit
  2. Burgers/ranch pasta salad/grilled asparagus
  3. Cinnamon chicken salad in pita pockets/fruit
  4. Tacos/quinoa, black bean, tomato salad
  5. Fried crispy chicken/mashed potatoes/broccoli     Dessert: Lemon Polenta Cake
  6. Mini dill meatloaf cups/homemade fries/green
    beans
  7. Black beans/quesadillas/fruit
  8. Swedish meatballs/noodles/peas and carrots
  9. Black bean and rice salad/ fish
  10. BBQ hot dogs/macaroni salad/baked beans
  11. Beef, bean and pasta salad
  12. Tuna casserole/ salad     Dessert: Mama’s sweet saltines
  13. Shish kabob/ corn muffins
  14. Tortellini and sausage soup/bread sticks
  15. BBQ meatballs/rice/pineapple
  16. Black bean and corn quesadillas/fruit
  17. Sloppy joes/ broccoli
  18. Stir fry/ rice/glazed carrots
  19. Burgers/ German potato salad       Dessert: Homemade donuts
  20. White BBQ chicken/corn on the cob
  21. Birthday dinner: Tacos/Salad/Rice/ White cake
    with chocolate frosting
  22. Meatball subs/ warm corn salad
  23. Baked potatoes with chili and cheese
  24. Spaghetti/ mixed veggies
  25. Quiche/ broccoli
  26. Pot pie/ cranberry crumble
  27. ?
  28. Fish sticks/ tater tots/ green beans
  29. Teriyaki meatballs/ rice/ veggies
  30. Apple pancakes/ sausage
  31. Chicken and Kielbasa with curried rice/ sugar
    snap peas
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About christasterken

Committed to a life of purpose. Learning to live abundantly. Embracing creativity. Questioning. Delighting in the comforts of home and family. Determining not to settle only for how things are, but how they could be. Writing is part of who I am, so I trust In God who gave the gift to show me how I can serve Him through it. That is my life…one word at a time. Psalm 89:11a“Teach me your way , O Lord, and I will walk in your truth”

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