Hi there! Are you hungry? I am! Maybe that’s why this little hack of the hour is popping to mind. But I’m glad it is because it is a great one to keep on hand!
Meatballs are so versatile! They can be made from many kinds of meat or vegetarian ingredients. They can be store bought or homemade. They cook in large quantities and freeze well.
I always have a bag of meatballs in my freezer. They have saved my sanity on several occasions. Here are some examples from my experience. Have you found yourself in any of these situations?
- Guests coming over before payday or your next grocery store run
- Last minute potluck invitation
- The kids have friends over and they’re scrounging for food
- Out of town friends call and say, “Hey, we’re nearby! Can we come see you?”
- A friend or neighbor has a mishap and needs help with tonight’s meal
- You need food for a crowd that won’t break the budget
- etc. You get the idea!
All the above dilemmas (and more, I’m sure) can be solved with meatballs. I prefer to heat them in my crockpot, but if time is short, the stovetop is faster. Here are 3 “Recipes”. (I put that in quotes because when there are only 2 ingredients, is it really a recipe?)
Meatballs three ways
- Meatballs and your favorite marinara sauce.
- Meatballs and your favorite BBQ sauce.
- Meatballs and your favorite teriyaki sauce.
Instructions: Simply place frozen meatballs in a pan or crockpot with the sauce of your choice and cook until the meatballs are heated through.
Serving options for meatballs
You can serve the meatballs alone as an appetizer/snack or you can add one more plentiful ingredient to stretch them and feed more people.
- Meatballs marinara and rolls make an Italian-style meatball sub. Of course, pasta is also a delicious pairing with meatballs marinara.
- Meatballs and BBQ sauce are fantastic over baked potatoes. Bread is a good choice too because BBQ meatball sandwiches are delicious.
- Teriyaki meatballs over rice is simple perfection. Fresh or canned pineapple is also a wonderful accompaniment to teriyaki meatballs.
You can add other ingredients if you want. But you don’t have to! Meatballs are filling and I’m usually surprised how quickly appetites are satisfied.
“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”Romans 12:13
Meatballs are a helpful hack because they can be inexpensive, quick, and easy. Do you have any in your freezer? Will you think about stocking them from now on?
Wondering why am I publishing these helpful little hacks of the hour? Read the Introduction and Intent post here.