Sunday, May 30, 2010

Crock Pot/Baked Meatballs

This long weekend has been exactly what I was needing! The weather has been incredible and I have had a lot of time to simply relax. Frank enjoyed a lot of relaxing:


Saturday was spent as follows:

  • Taught Body Step (Lindsay has been coming to some of my classes which has been so much fun)
  • Brunch with Josh (I got a blueberry parfait-sorry Dawn ;))
  • Lounged in the sun
  • Housework
  • Laid down grass seed
  • Walked with Josh (2.4 miles, he isn’t allowed to do a lot of physical activity (given the elbow surgery), so it was nice to get out and moving with him)
  • Dinner, movie & ice cream at home

I had picked up some local grass fed beef at the farmers market a couple weeks ago and finally defrosted it for use. I used the beef to make some Crock Pot/Baked Meatballs:

1 lb ground beef
1/4 cup panko (or regular bread crumbs)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons tomato sauce (or marinara)
desired amount chopped onion

1 bottle marinara sauce (or you can make your own)
Preheat oven to 375
Mix all ingredients. Form into small balls (~25) and bake for ~15-18 minutes or until cooked through.

I baked mine on a cooling wrack on top of a baking sheet sprayed with pan. This allows some of the fat to drain out of the meatballs.


Next, place bottle of marinara in the bottom of a crock pot. Add cooked meatballs. Turn crock pot on low and cook meatballs for 4-6 hours.

In total dinner included meatballs (for Josh), giant salads, and great harvest bread:


We also had some ice cream with blackberries for dessert (YUM). Josh’s beautiful meatball bowl:


Salads (spinach, fresh mozzarella, artichokes, raw asparagus, carrots, olive oil and vinegar):


So far today I have enjoyed some coffee and cooking/baking. I made up a loaf of banana bread for a friend’s mom who did a few wonderful favors for me.


I also made Josh a slammin parfait for breakfast. The parfait contained yogurt, Galaxy granola (new flavor-maple pecan quinoa) and blackberries.

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Josh really liked the new granola. He said it was a totally unique flavor and loved the addition of quinoa. I think if I were to win the lottery, I would open a little breakfast shop of my own! What would you do if you won the lotto?

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!


Unknown said...

what a lovely saturday!

If I won the lottery I'd take my family and friends on a cruise, for sure :)

Lauren said...

that parfait looks awesome! Yum!
If I won the lotto, I'd be headed straight for a vacation in Italy. And then... I don't know. I can think of lots of things that might be nice, but really I'm pretty happy with my life and wouldn't want to change much. Maybe pay off the house....

Anonymous said...

I would open a children's bookstore.

Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete said...

I just picked up some fresh blackberries at the farmers market yesterday! Guess I know what I'm having for breakfast tomorrow. :)

Lotto winnings: Pay off student loans, buy my parents land and a pimped-out log cabin (my Dad's dream home, with all the luxuries for Momma), throw whatever I don't need into savings, and travel every square inch of the world. First stop: Tibet.

ellie said...

What a gorgeous parfait! I love the idea of a breakfast shop- I'll be a loyal customer if I am ever in the area! :D If I won the lotto, I would travel all over the US.

I didn't know you could eat asparagus raw!

Lindsay @ said...

I'm pretty sure your parfaits could give the cafe a run for their money! If I won the lottery I'd buy this gorgeous old house in our neighborhood and open a bakery!

Stacey said...

Love that parfait combo.

Nicole Carrillo said...

Your loaf of bread looks fabulous! I think it's time for me to bake up a nice loaf, thanks for reminding me :)

Winterjade said...

mmm meatballs look great! I think if i won the lottery i would open a little bed and breakfast...serving all natural and organic meals... :)

Averie @ Averie Cooks said...

Way to go making meatballs (as a vegetarian!)

I made scott a thanksgiving turkey but i dont think i would have an easy time rolling raw ground beef. Props to you girl!

If i won the lottery I would buy a vineyard in the south of france and grow champagne grapes while I jetted between there and morea or the south pacific, fiji, etc and lived in an overwater bungalow.

they say money cant buy happiness....maybe so, but it would sure be fun to try!


amanda @ HopeHasAPlace said...

Oh how I wish there was a Great Harvest near me! All your eats looks so yum, especially that parfait! I love yogurt + granola... but who doesn't?? ;)

If I won the lotto, I would pay off some college debt for sure and take a niiice vacation...

Nisrine@Dinners and Dreams said...

I would move to Europe!! Have a lovely weekend!

lynn @ the actors diet said...

if i won the lotto - i'd keep doing what i do now, which is act and live in los angeles, but with a lot less stress and worry!

Lauren @ Eater not a runner said...

Quit my job! Haha seriously!

Chef Chuck said...

The meatballs must be so tender and light, plus the flavor! Nice job, Thank you!

BroccoliHut said...

Love the sound of that granola!

Lauren said...

Sounds amazing Erica! I love these laid back weekends that just feels like you could melt away from relaxation and good times.

Glad you are enjoying yourself lady! :)

Unknown said...

open a bed and breakfast :) sounds like a wonderful weekend!

Krista said...

Frank is too cute! I wish I could chill on the couch like that all day! HA! I'm glad to hear you've been enjoying a fab weekend. Hope it continues...

Megan D said...

That parfait looks deeelicious! Josh is one lucky guy! If I won the lotto I would help my mom open a bed and breakfast because that has always been her dream! And of course I would make sure semi-healthy food was served there... =P

Priyanka@thehealthydiary said...

So glad that you are getting a restful weekend in. Baking on the cooking rack sounds like a great technique, does it give an even browning of the meat??

Julie said...

look at us we're such holiday weekend twins right now! getting our relaxation on, eating salads and well just being cool but that comes naturally haha ;)

glad josh is feeling a little better! good enough for brunchkies!!

blackberrie. SO hot right now. hahaha have fun tomorrow mamaa

Heather said...

Aren't walks with the hubby the best??

I would open a "healthy" bakery with all the nutritional information posted for each item. I would LOVE to know how many calories and fat are in cupcakery cupcakes!! Ok, maybe not...... :)

Kerstin said...

Sounds like you're having the perfect holiday weekend! I need to make more parfaits at home - yours looks so good!

Miz said...

I think about this a lot as, when I worked as a career counselor, it was a question I FREQUENTLY posed to my clients.

I know Im living my TRUTH as Id change nary a thing.


lee@inmytummy said...

I'd quit my job and travel for a while. Then find a new job that I liked better.

Anonymous said...

aww sounds like you had a great day! that parfait looks really good - super professional in my opinion haha.

great recipe for the baked meatballs too girlie!

Simply Life said...

Wow, everything looks delicious!

If I won the lottery I think I'd go on a vacation around the world with my husband and eat at SO many different places everywhere we went! Fun question! :)

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

If I won the lotto I would definitely quit my job!!!

Jessica said...

I think it's really great how you cook/work with meat for Josh. I don't think a lot of vegetarian's would do this? I could be wrong.

Enjoy the last day of your long weekend!

Holly said...

frank!!! i love that dog. and i don't even like dogs, so that is saying a lot :)

maple pecan quinoa...i need.

and your weekend sounds positively lovely. if i won the lottery, i would quit my job and travel the world for as long as i could :)

happy memorial day weekend love!

Andrea @ said...

Wow, sounds like the perfect weekend! Packed with good meals, fun, and relaxation! I love the meatball recipe- I'm going to have to give those a try, I bet they're unbelievably moist and flavorful from the slow cooking!

If I wont the lottery I'd travel the world for an unlimited amount of time!!

Have a lovely Memorial Day, my dear!

Holly said...

It sounds like you're having a wonderful weekend! I just love this of the best of the year. :-)

Hmmm...if I won the lotto I would 1. quit my job and do volunteer work with little kids that involved fitness, 2. take my friends and family on a vacation....maybe to Hawaii?, and 3. go to Italy!

Kelsey Ann said...

baked emat balls are fantastic- much healthier and u can make them crispy on the outside which is delicious!

mmm love that parfait, parfaits always looks fantastic layers up in a glass :)

teresa said...

sounds like a wonderful weekend! i love the meatballs, i like to bake them like that too.

i would travel travel travel!

Kris | said...

Oh my goodness, I love banana loaf!!! If I still ate meatballs I would be all over these! Delicious!

Hmm lotto winnings...Buy a house and a second house in Cali on the beach. Give my family and friends money. Give money to a charity I have researched. And do some retail therapy ;)


Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

glad you are having a relaxing holiday weekend!!! i have some farmers market grass fed beef that needs using too, love the meatball idea!

vanillasugarblog said...

LOL! well ok, you did kind of kick it up a notch w/ blueberry. plus frank is too adorable to stay mad. LOL