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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Simple Meal




I enjoy cooking but on a daily basis I like to keep things simple. One of the favorites in my home is a simple pasta with meatballs and marinara sauce. Since I am not a meat eater I make some substitutions which my son enjoys. I use Trader Joe's meatless meatballs, I believe they win hands down in the flavor department but if I am in a pinch I pick up another brand at my local grocery store. For the sauce I love the Barilla line, this time I used Mushroom and garlic sauce and spiced it up with McCormick's Italian Herb Seasoning (in the grinder). I placed both in a casserole dish and baked in the oven for about 10 minutes. At the same time I cooked the pasta (don't forget to add EVOO!) and I lightly salted the water with Diamond Crystal Salt Sense (33% less sodium than other salt).

And in ten minutes I had a great meal! Here is a photo of my sauce and meatballs in my new Frigidaire range. You may remember I am a Frigidaire Test Drive Mom and my range has been wonderful. This was the first time I actually used the oven and I have to tell you that I am pleased. I can place my hand on the outside of the oven door and it is cool to the touch. My main problem with my old oven was the heat it generated, I don't have this problem now. Another thing you might notice is the rack slides out automatically! I don't have to reach in to pull out the rack.

If you are looking for a quick and easy meal that your family will love try my easy marinara sauce and meatless meatballs, your family will thank you for it!

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24 comments:

Muthering Heights and Other Senseless Sensibility said...

I love using meat substitutes...usually, even the most devoted meat lovers fail to notice! ;)

Happy said...

This pregnant gal can hardly take those pictures without being able to actually eat it!!! SO delicious looking!

You are the second WF Wed food post I've left salivating!

Alicia said...

Renee..that does look delish!!!! I'll have to try that one day too!!

Tiaras said...

you lucky gal with that oven!

Momstart said...

That looks delicious. I really want to try some

Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting said...

*tummy rumble* Have room for another at dinner? :)

BoufMom9 said...

Looks delicious! I have never tried meatless meatballs but am now wishing I had a Trader Joes somewhere nearby...

Happy WW!

Love's Gumbo said...

Yes, the trader Joe's meatless meatballs are good. I used to make my own sauce, but then I checked out the sodium content on the bottles of sauce and realized I was wasting my time because the sodium isn't too high. I prefer Classico brand though. That meal looks yummy and fast is always great.

Ave said...

Looks delicious!

mannequin said...

Dinner looks yummy; I'm on my way .
The racks slide out when you open the door? Oh. my. goodness. A manufacturer that uses common sense. That's great!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Yummy!

I am Harriet said...

Wow..that looks great!
Happy Wordless Wednesday
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AudreyO said...

I've never tried their meatless meatballs. I'm not usually a fan of "fake" meat. I find it be to be fairly tasteless. Do you find these have good flavor? I might just have to try them.

TRochelle said...

Wow I had spaghetti for dinner last night lol! That is just amazing. Now meatless meatballs are something to try. I cannot believe you are just now using that oven. I just knew you were a baking machine! My Samsung never gets a break. I can't wait for you to bake a cake. Does it have a convection setting?

angie said...

It does look delicious! Low sodium alternatives are always welcome.

Jennifer said...

Now you've got me wondering if I have an spaghetti sauce in the cupboards for dinner... LOL!

Kristina Brooke said...

Hey Renee. I am sorry but being married to an Italian has made me a marinara snob! Making homemade marinara (also known as Gravy)is so easy to make. Two cans of tomato (pureed in the blender) garlic, 2 onions, basil, parsley and oregano. Make a huge pot of it and freeze it in containers. Then you have easy sauce that you can defrost and add your meatballs to. LOL. Nix the jarred sauce- too much extra crap in it1 OK- stepping off of my soapbox now. LOL.

Felicia - I complete Me said...

Man that looks so good. I am going to try this meat substitute although I am a meat lover. Recently I've been doing a lot of cooking and must say I enjoyed it. I need more variety.

Diva Ma @ Mommy Fabulous said...

Okay is it really a meatball if there is no meat? LOL! If I don't wanna do beef the. I go turkey. That was a huge step for me already! Don't think I'm ready for meetless!

Okay, have u seriously gone this long without using your oven ? ??

Kara said...

Looks delicious!

Petula said...

That sounds good! I've never used that before. The only substitute I've used is tufu and... ut oh, the name escapes me.

So... can I have that stove? I promise I'll give it back. (My fingers are crossed behind my back!)

hicksgirl93 said...

that looks yummy! im gonna try that meal. I consider myself a "part-time" vegetarian hoping to be fulltime one day. A new meatless recipe would be great to try. thanks for sharing. And oh yeah, your stove STILL totally rocks.

Ms. Bar B: said...

Looks heavenlt! Simple meals are life savers on those nights when the bed is calling, and pasta is never a loser.

Over Thirty Mommy said...

Yum!!! I should have eaten before I opened this, now I am starving.

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