It’s back to school and I can’t believe my daughter started KINDERGARTEN!
Where has the time gone? What I have come to realize is that aside from wanting to have quick meals on a Monday night when I jet out for a zumba class, I really need to start shifting gears and start making easier dinners in general. It’s a challenge to cook while my kids need my attention.
Crockpot dinners that are successful are a life saver! In my experience (which has not been much with the crockpot, because I am trained with the stove/oven) there are only about a handful of crockpot meals that really work. I don’t think searing something ahead of time really counts, but I’ll consider it. Hit me up with your recipes!!
I saw an interesting mix of ground chicken and ground beef at the grocery and wanted to give it a shot. It’s like the equivalent of diluting a really sugary drink with water: you don’t feel AS bad having that fatty beef if there is some lean chicken in there? am I right?!
My mom always used to make delicious meatballs when I was growing up – with green beans tossed in the sauce and served over yellow rice. (She’s not into white rice) So, here’s my version, over turmeric quinoa. Throw the green beans in last-minute until they turn green – but not mushy.
- 1 pound mixed grind (chicken & beef mix) you can also just mix this yourself!
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 10 turns of freshly cracked black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1 1/2 cup jarred tomato sauce (I always use Victoria's marinara sauce)
- 1/8 cup water
- 1 heaping handful of green beans trimmed
- Quinoa, for serving
- Mix the meat mixture with all the spices and form balls approximately 1 1/2 - 2 inches in diameter. Try not to over handle the meat as it can get tough.
- Add to crock pot and pour marinara sauce and water over. Mix well.
- Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
- Before serving, throw your green beans in the crock pot and allow them to turn bright green and soften a bit. Serve over quinoa.