Sunday, April 1, 2012

Meatballs



I started my search for a meatball recipe to compliment my Grandma's meat sauce
This meatball recipe is adapted from The Food in my Beard's Meatball Recipe


Ingredients: 
1 lb ground beef 
1 lb ground turkey 
4 large cloves of garlic
 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese  
handful of parsley 
1 egg 
1/3 loaf of french bread 
1/2- 1 cup water   
salt (to taste)
 pepper (to taste) 
olive oil


Begin chopping your Garlic and Parsley.
 

Grate Parmesan cheese. check. 
Grate more Parmesan cheese to replace what boyfriend eats, check.


Add garlic, parsley, Parmesan, egg, salt and pepper to your ground beef and ground turkey.


 Add your French Bread bread crumbs and water and start mixing! (Easiest way to do this is to use stale bread, chop it up in your food processor and add to the meatballs.) Mine came apart pretty easy without using my food processor. Add water as you go so you don't add too much.



 Your mixture should look somewhat like this:


  Put Mixture in the fridge for 20-30 minutes. This will help your meatballs set later when cooking them.


I had a helper supervisor.  

Heat up olive oil in your pan.



 Cook meatballs on medium until browned, then lower heat to medium-low and cover with lid so they cook all the way through.









 Serve meatballs on top of spaghetti noodles with Grandma's Meat Sauce.


And of course top it with more freshly grated Parmesan cheese. 


Freeze any unused meatballs for a rainy day!


Grandma's Meat Sauce

My grandma has been making this meat sauce for as long as I can remember. The great thing about this meat sauce is you can use it a base, meaning you can pretty much add anything and it will turn out amazing. My grandma sometimes adds canned mushrooms, olives and peperoni to hers, and has even been known to add deer meat (gross) to her spaghetti sauce. Sometimes we add spicy Italian sausage but I'll stick to the basics for this one since I wanted a plain meat sauce to go with These Meatballs.


Ingredients:
2 lbs ground beef
1 small yellow onion (chopped)
4-5 garlic cloves (minced)
2 (28 oz) cans of Crushed Tomatoes
Italian seasoning
garlic powder
onion powder
oregano
basil
white pepper
garlic salt
crushed red pepper
salt 
pepper

Start with 2 pounds of ground beef, 4 cloves of garlic, and one small yellow onion. Cook on medium heat. 


I like to add some of my spices while the meat is cooking, to give the meat more flavor. Here I added garlic salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.


Cook meat until it is browned with absolutely no red left. Drain any excess liquid (fat) from the meat. You can leave a bit, but too much will make your sauce too watery. Once you drain the excess liquid, add your 2 cans of crushed tomatoes.


Next, add your spices! 


Add spices to your taste. I never measure the spices, just add a bit and keep taste testing!

This is where boyfriend comes in handy.


Heat on medium, stirring occasionally, until sauce is bubbling, then turn heat down to low. Let simmer at least 30 minutes. The longer the better. If you can, let it simmer for 1.5 hours to let the flavors of the meat and spices do their work.



Boil your spaghetti noodles, and serve! 

Add optional Meatballs.


Serve with plenty of fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Greek Yogurt Frozen Bites

     These Greek Yogurt Frozen bites are so delicious and best part is they are super healthy and Tone it Up approved!


     
They're also great substitute for when you are craving ice cream, which for me is always.

    
For my Greek Yogurt Bites I started with Chobani Greek Yogurt (Strawberry and Lemon)


     
Place yogurt in a Ziplock bag and cut off a small corner.
Pipe bite sized dots of yogurt onto a wax paper lined cookie sheet.

 I was able to fit both flavors on one cookie sheet
 

Once you're done piping the yogurt onto the cookie sheets, place in freezer for 1 hour!




Enjoy!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Brownie Cookies





Brownie Cookies Recipe:
  • 1 package brownie mix
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1/3 cup of oil
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix your ingredients. Your batter will be VERY thick. I use the ghiradelli brownie mix that has chocolate chips already in it but feel free to add some if yours doesn’t have any! Spoon cookies on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes. Makes about 12 big cookies!

Hello Kitty Cupcakes


Is there anything more perfect for a 5 year old's birthday party than Hello Kitty Cupcakes? 

 


First, Gather your supplies:


Cake Mix
Vegetable Oil
Eggs
White Frosting
Wilton Decorating Frosting (black and Red)
Colorful Sprinkles



Bake your favorite cupcakes and set aside to cool. We did Yellow and Devil's Food Cake.


Next, mix your frosting with the desired colors. Birthday girl's favorite colors were purple and pink.


Once cupcakes are cool, Frost!


And roll sides in colorful sprinkles! Easiest way to do this is make a mountain of sprinkles and roll the edge of the cupcake so that it is coated in sprinkles.






Now the next part is a bit tricky. Find the image that you want to use. For Example, I chose this Hello Kitty image. 

Then you will need to flip the image. This is especially important if you are using this technique for lettering so that it comes out right. Since I wanted the bow on the right, I flipped the image so that the bow is on the LEFT.


Print out your image in the size that you want for your cupcake toppers. Print a few extra copies in case you get frosting on some!

Next, put your colored frostings in bags with Wilton tips at the end. My 3 colors were Black, Red and White. I used a size #2, #7 and #12 for this. I used the #2 tip for the Black, #7 tip for the Red and #12 tip for the White.

For the Red and Black I used Wilton's Decorating Frosting:



Place your reverse image underneath some wax paper and start outlining!

First, I outlined all of the black except the whiskers. (I found that the whiskers became very brittle and I wound up piping these on after the Hello Kitties were put on the cupcakes) Next, color in the bow in red. Lastly, fill the entire hello kitty with the white. Try to stay within the black outline.


They should look something like this (notice they are face down on the wax paper)

Stick them in the freezer! Wait until they are hard and easy to peel of wax paper. Peel them off, flip them over and place them in the center of your cupcakes!




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