I'm just gonna start this post off with saying, who doesn't love some meatballs? I mean, even if you don't eat meat, there is still a draw to a round shape food item. Like falafel. No meat, but daggone, they are good! I can tear up some falafel, y'all. Anyhow, when I realized that I was sharing a bunch of meatball-inspired recipes and so were some of my favorite food bloggers, I knew I had to share them all in one place. It was purely for selfish reasons. I wanted to compile all the recipes in one place and that way I'd have them all together when I was looking for a recipe. But being the generous person I am, I figured it would be a good idea to share with y'all too since my meatball recipes are some of the most popular recipes on The Country Cook. And I figured, shoot, I got some meatball-loving readers over here too! We are peas in a pod, you and me. Or maybe I should say we are meatballs in a crock pot, you and me. I'm glad you're here. And you get me.
I am so excited to share this recipe with you today. After I shared the Crock Pot Spaghetti and Meatball recipe a couple of weeks ago, I got a bunch of emails from folks asking for more recipes like that one. It really is the simple things, isn't it? We're all just looking for those weekday recipes that can feed our family, taste good and don't create a load of dirty dishes. I mean, don't get me wrong, it's nice to look and think about those pretty, fancy meals on Pinterest that include some sort of quinoa or kale or some other thing you'll have to bribe your family to try because, "I swear, this is SO good. You HAVE to try it. Seriously. So. Good. Ok fine, I'll let you have ice cream for dessert if you'll just eat this baked cauliflower that I swear tastes JUST like potatoes. No seriously, it really does." But when I'm not convincing my family how awesome spinach and cauliflower can be, we still gotta eat.
And grown folks and the little ones all love meatballs. I don't know what sort of magical power the meatball possesses. But you say the word "meatball", and suddenly, everyone is all in. The kale and quinoa go flying as they all make a run for the meatballs. I know, I know, "Quinoa and kale are SO good. No seriously, so good. Seriously. So. Good. Really, you have to try it. You may not have liked it before. But seriously. You have to try this recipe I found on Pinterest. It's like the best ever. My kids have no clue they are eating something healthy."
Mmm Hmm. At least, that's what we have to keep telling ourselves so we'll keep eating healthy. But we all know, we just want a meatball. For the love of all things holy, just give me meatballs! And I'm not going to feel bad about it. And yes, they are frozen meatballs. And ya know what? I'm not going to feel bad about that either. I made dinner for my family, it tastes darn good and we sat around and had an awesome chat at supper. With my frozen meatballs. We will call it a win because they ate some Steamfresh microwaveable green beans instead of baked cauliflower that totally tastes like potatoes. So this one is for you busy Moms and Dads. You can make dinner. You can take shortcuts some times. And you are still an awesome sauce parent! And you get cool points for the meatballs. We'll keep working on the kale and quinoa.