Jan 21: Turkey meatballs

Simek's Turkey MeatballsSo today’s dinner was made with a bag of frozen turkey meatballs from the cooperative buying program I participate in. Two to three more bags are still in the freezer.

Slathered meatballs with BBQ sauce and stuck them in the over. Made frozen green beans in the microwave. I’ll probably have the rest for lunch tomorrow.

An interesting sidenote. I saw on the package that the meatball manufacturer — Simek’s out of Minnesota — donates 10% of their profits to “organizations that serve those in need“. So my purchase (using my EBT) actually helps others, too! #winning


Day 15 – Lisa – Short Order Style

Today was one of those days in which each family member is coming in as another is going out and meals are just tough to do.  I’m sure some of you can relate.  Daughter was out and couldn’t get home until after 6, hubby working late, son had to leave at 6:15 and I had a call at 6:30.  So son got to pick his short order dinner and he wisely chose a toasted bagel with jelly and Nutella, grapes, and green beans.  Daughter ended up meeting friends for dinner so I cooked for hubby and myself.

Have you tried the Jennie-O Turkey Italian Sausages (sweet)?  They are actually really tasty, easy to make, and low in fat and calories.  I made those with stir fried vegetables and red grapes.  Hubby called to tell me that he was going to be really late so it was me, a good book, and my sweet dog for dinner.  It was rather lovely.

Day 14 – Lisa – PRIDE

Today I was stranded in my home until 3 p.m.  Our garage door opener broke with my car inside and I had to wait for a work man in order to get out of the house.  You might be thinking to yourself, “She had all day to cook, surely she made a feast for her family.”  Surely, you would be wrong!  Too many other things distracted me today; my dog, books, writing, social media, Downton Abbey, and Top Chef to name a few.

By the time my kids got home from school the garage was fixed and I had to take my daughter to a doctor’s appointment.  At that point nothing had been cooked but I had defrosted chicken in the fridge.  So with a minute or two to spare, I threw the chicken (boneless, skinless thighs and breasts) into the crockpot, poured BBQ sauce on top of it, turned it on high and left.

Two hours later I cut up the cooked chicken (see pic below), microwaved green beans (see pic), threw together a berry salad (see pic), made sandwiches (see pic) and pride in dinner was achieved.  Winning.dinner3 dinner2 BBQ Chicken Sandwichdinner4