Saturday, May 7, 2011

Meatball Sub

 Serves: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Using the leftover mini-meatloaves from the night before, they were a breeze. I opted to make a homemade marinara sauce because I didn't have any jarred stuff on hand. I'm glad I did! Best sandwich!

What It Takes:
1T Olive Oil
1 Sweet Onion, Diced
2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
1 Can (28oz) Diced Tomato, Stewed Tomato or Whole Tomatoes, undrained*
1 Can (8 oz) Tomato Sauce
1 T Tomato Paste
3 t Italian Seasoning
1/4 t Red Pepper Flakes
1 t sugar
salt and pepper to taste
6 Left Over Mini Meatloaves
2 Sub/Hoagie Rolls
1 C Shredded Mozzarella

How To Do It:

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and saute until opaque, stirring often. Add garlic and let them cook together for one minute. Stir Constant to keep from burning.

Add all the tomato products and seasonings. Allow to come to a gentle boil over medium-high heat. Add the mini meatloaves and simmer with lid on over low heat for 45 minutes. Taste the sauce to make sure it is to your liking. Add any additional seasoning that you feel necessary.

Toast rolls under the broiler until lightly toasted. Sprinkle 1/2 C cheese (more or less depending on how cheesy you like it) on the both sides of the rolls and place back under the broiler until cheese is starting to melt. Cut meatloaves in half and arrange on one side of the roll. Spoon on extra sauce and top with other half of roll.

*When using stewed tomatoes or whole tomatoes, break up the tomatoes into smaller pieces so there are small chunks. If you would like for your sauce to be a smooth texture, then using an immersion blender blend the sauce to your desired consistency. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sweet and Sour Mini Meatloaves

Serves: 6              Prep Time: 15 minutes        Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes

What It Takes:

1 lb Ground Hamburger or Lean Turkey
1 Sweet Onion, minced
1 Egg
1 C Bread Crumbs
Salt and Pepper
1 C Ketchup
1/4 C Brown Sugar
2 T Cider Vinegar

How To Do It:

Preheat oven to 400.

Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.

Mix the meat, onion, egg and bread crumbs together. Season with salt and pepper.

Mix the ketchup, brown sugar and vinegar together in a small bowl.

Divide the meat evenly among the muffin cups. Top with 2 T of ketchup mixture.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until meat is cooked through.

I knew that I wanted to make meatball subs with the leftover mini-meatloaves so I only made six sweet and sour meatloaves. After dividing out half of the meat, I added 3t of Italian season to the rest of the meat and then placed the rest of the meat in the muffin tin. I topped the Italian seasoned meatloaves with 2 tablespoons of marinara sauce and baked them with the sweet and sour meatloaves.

Tonight I will simmer the Italian meatloaves in some extra marinara sauce while I toast hoagie buns. I will then sprinkle the rolls with mozzarella cheese before placing the "meatballs" into the hoagie buns. If need be, I will cut the "meatballs" in half so they can fit. I will then top them with more mozzarella cheese.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Menu Monday

Monday: Mini Meatloaves, Mashed Potatoes and Frozen Veggies
Tuesday: BBQ Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Corn Bread and Broccoli
Wednesday: Meatball Subs (thanks to some leftover mini meatloaves) and Oven Fries
Thursday: Shrimp Fajitas, Black Beans and Rice
Friday: Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry
Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Whatever Is In The Fridge!
Dinner: Scallops, Rice and Broccoli
Breakfast: Hopefully In Bed or Out!!
Lunch: Scrounge!
Dinner: Seafood Stuffed Salmon, Garlic and Parmesan Pasta and Peas
The stuffed salmon I bought from my local grocery store. It is already prepared and I just have to bake it!