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This week I’m having a colonoscopy.  No reason other than at 52-1/2 I really should.  Especially since a dear friend’s mother is undergoing her 7th round of chemo because of colon cancer.  So I will be out of “things” shall we say on Wednesday and knowing how things like this upset my RA-I doubt I’ll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Thursday either.

With that in mind I think it’s time we talk about how to prepare one dish and stretch it into several very different meals.

With that I give you meatballs!

I learned this trick years ago from what was then my favorite magazine-Quick Cooking.  That magazine is now known as Simple and Delicious. Yes, this is the one that I’ve had about 3-4 recipes published in both the magazines and hardback cookbooks.  Don’t like the “new” version as much, but this idea came out in the premiere issue.

Today, I’ll give you the meatballs-which you make, bake and freeze in portions.  Then when you want a very quick, hearty meal in under an hour-I’ll give you several ideas on Friday.

Here’s the Make-Ahead Meatballs:

4 Eggs
2 C dried breadcrumbs (you chose plain or seasoned)
1/2 C minced onion
1 Tbsp kosher salt
2 tsps worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
4 lbs lean ground beef (now you all know how I feel about red meat, so I usually use 2 lbs each of pork and turkey)

Preheat oven to 400.  Foil line several large sheet pans.

In a big bowl, beat the eggs.  Add the next 5 ingredients.  add the meat and mix well.  Shape into 12 dozen meatballs.  About 1-1/2 to 2 tbsps each.  HINT BELOW!

Place on prepared sheets and bake 10-15 minutes and turn often.  Drain and cool.  Place about 30 meatballs in ziploc bags and freeze. They’ll hold for about 3 months.  Gives about 5 batches.

HINT: if you don’t want/have a small cookie scoop-pat mixture into a rectangle about an inch thick.  make 1” squares to equal the 12 dozen (144).  Then roll into balls.

You can substitute egg beaters for eggs if you prefer.

One serving of 5 meatballs, made with egg substitute and lean beef is 139 calories.  For our diabetic friends-2 lean meats and 1/2 starch.

Friday-besides spaghetti and meatballs, what can we do with these?

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