Sunday, January 19, 2014

Easy Weeknight Meals Made With Gardein Meatless Meatballs

Cooking after a night of work and errands is often the last thing one wants to do on a weekday night. I am always looking for tasty fuss free meals that require 30 minutes or less of your time, minimal prep, minimal dirty dishes but loads of flavor! Bonus if I can use leftovers, the products are on sale, come from one store (instead of driving all over) and I can use the ingredients again if there are left overs.

Enter Gardein Meatless Meatballs. These are tasty and my favorite on the market. The spice and texture are right on making them awesome for Italian dishes - one of my favorite go to food choices. I pick them up at Target, 8 good sized balls (heh - I said balls!) for about $5, on sale the price drops down to under $4 a package.

I did sliders recently. The mini (and totally kawaii buns!) are from Trade Joe's. I just cooked the Gardein  Meatless-balls in marinara sauce, melted some vegan moz on top and placed them on the buns. Served up with a side salad and fries this was a yummy meal! The longest cooking time was the fries - I like mine golden crunchy which means there is a 30 minute wait! All the food stuff came from Target and Trader Joe's, the moz was left over from Matt's M-F lunch bag sandwich. I made my own dressing to pour over organic greens (I buy a box of greens from Target - no prep) and if we have left over tomatoes or veggies from the week it goes in the salad. Even left over bread can be cut into cubes and toasted for croutons.

The balls are perfect in pasta, on a bun or in sauce over fries. Next time I am going to soak them in a buffalo sauce for a out of this world (hopefully!) spicy experience!

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