12 July, 2011

Spaghetti and meatballs

In my family, spaghetti and meatballs is an easy, pretty regular meal. Despite having eaten it twice in the last month, Hubby requested it after watching Handcock on TV last night (the little kid brings Will Smith some HUGE meatballs while he's in jail).
A few weeks ago, I threw about 8 tomatoes into a crockpot with garlic, olive oil, honey and salt. It was sitting in the freezer, so last night I took it out to thaw.
For the meatballs, I found to my dismay that I had no breadcrumbs. However, after Googling substitutes, I think from now on I'll be making them with rolled oats. I used about a pound of grass fed ground beef from Edelen Farms, an egg (also from Edelen Farms), 1/2 cup of oats, some salt, pepper, crushed red peppers, and some Mrs. Dash's garlic and herb seasoning. After rolling them up into bite-sized pieces, I baked them at 350 until they were cooked through.
I really thought this sauce was better than when I used to make it with canned tomatoes. I think the fresh basil helped! My mom in law sent me home with one... it's not fairing well in this heat. And something is eating it. Ah, well.

Tomorrow I'm making Chinese pork buns, but my steamer is too big for my wok, so I'll be experimenting a little. Toodles!

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