Foodie Friday {Cheese Stuffed Meatballs}…

Happy TGIF! 🙂  How has your week been?  Got any plans for the weekend?  I hope the weather will continue to be just as nice as it has been the past 2 days.  I love spring like days! 🙂  Goodbye Winter — HELLLOOO Spring! 🙂

Since my schedule has gone haywire, my meal planning and *cough* exercise routine has as well. 😦  I enjoy doing both so Im working on finding the balance in work and play.  {Ill take any suggestions here} 🙂  This week Raymond and I did manage to make one great meal together:  Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs.  They were fab!

MOZZARELLA STUFFED MEATBALLS

  • (1 lb) Ground Beef (highly recommend 93/7 or better)
  • (1 Egg) slightly beaten
  • (1/2 Cup) Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs (We used Progresso)
  • (1/2 Tsp) Salt
  • (1/2 Tsp) Pepper
  • (1/2 Tsp) Garlic Powder
  • (1/2 Tsp) Italian Seasoning
  • (1/2 Tsp) Minced Onion (spice)
  • (1/4 Cup) Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Throw everything in a bowl.
  3. Take off rings and mix with hands.  Make sure it is all incorporated
  4. Grease baking sheet.
  5. Use a Tbsp to divy out meatballs.  So they are all the same size.
  6. Roll each meatball.  Press a small amount of mozzarella cheese in the middle.  Cover cheese.
  7. Place all meatballs on the baking sheet.
  8. Bake 10 minutes.
  9. Turn meatballs.
  10. Bake 5 more minutes.  (depending on your oven – you might need to bake an additional 10 minutes).
  11. Enjoy! 🙂

We served ours with pesto pasta and french bread.  The meatballs have so much flavor that I suggest keeping the side dishes relatively plain.  No need for flavor overkill — coming for a flavor fanatic! 🙂

Link up if you made anything yummy this week! 🙂

Until next time…

 

Super Bowl Sunday {Recipes}…

I usually dont blog on the weekends, but I wanted to share a delicious {and original} recipe for this weekend’s football game. 🙂  To say that I love to cook might be an understatement.  However, I had hit a plateau with my recipe inspiration {thank you Pinterest for reviving my inspiration}.  You see, I need recipes to cook up great things.  There are only a hand full of dishes that I make without them … you know the kind that comes from your head.  Well chili happens to be one of them.  I made the most delicious pot of chili today and I finally documented it!  I thought I would share with you!

JENNIFER’S CHILI 

  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • (15.5 oz) Can of Light Red Kidney Beans, rinsed & drained
  • (15.5 oz) Can of Dark Red Kidney Beans, rinsed & drained
  • (15.5 oz) Can of Pinto Beans, rinsed & drained
  • (15.25 oz) Can of Corn, rinsed & drained
  • (2) (14.5 oz) Cans of Stewed Tomatoes, chopped
  • (15 oz) Can of Tomato Sauce
  • (8 oz) Can of Tomato Paste
  • Medium Onions, chopped
  • Large Green Pepper, chopped
  • (8 oz) Package of Mushrooms, chopped (any variety)
  • Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • (1-2) Jalapeños, chopped
  • (2) (12 oz) Beer (any variety)
  • Palmful – Paprika
  • Palmful – Oregano
  • One packet of Chili Mix
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Palmfuls of Sugar (to taste)
  • Ketchup (to taste)
  1. Brown beef in a non-stick skillet.  Pour in large stockpot
  2. Drain & Rinse beans and corn.  Add to stockpot.
  3. Add tomato sauce and paste.
  4. Add onions, green pepper, mushrooms, garlic, and jalapeño.
  5. Chop stewed tomatoes.  Pour sauce from can and tomatoes into stockpot.
  6. Add beers and packet of chili mix.
  7. Simmer on low to medium for 20 minutes.
  8. Taste and add spices, sugar, and ketchup to taste.
  9. Simmer on low for up to an hour.  The longer it simmers the better the flavor — just make sure it doesnt burn.
  10. Serve with cornbread muffins (I prefer Trader Joes variety).
Raymond and I are heading to his brother’s house for the game.  I havent seen Raymond this excited about driving to Dallas (North Carolina) in awhile.  His brother and wife just had  their first baby, which is causing the anticipation I believe.  We also plan to make:
Paula Deen’s Mini Burgers   (with a twist — mushrooms & smoked gouda)
I prefer to bake up cupcakes or Reese Cup Brownie Bites — but since his family has a lot of health problems, Raymond asked me to keep it fairly healthy.  Fine — Ill save the really yummy stuff for another day!
What are you making for the big game?
Go Patriots…Go Giants….I am honestly pulling for them both.  What can I say, I think they are both great!
Until next time…