Monday, April 29, 2013

BBQ meatballs and rice

My friend, Katie, made these for our freezer meal exchange.  This isn't exactly her recipe - I wrote hers down and lost it.  :/  So I've included the generic meatball recipe that I used tonight but I do have her sauce recipe.  She referred to the recipe as a "guideline;" she cooks like me!  These are sooo yummy!  Definitely one of my kids' favorite meals.


1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup bbq sauce
2 tsp mustard
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients and mix well.


2 lbs lean ground beef  (I used the 2.25 lb pkg from Wal-Mart)
2 eggs
2/3 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup finely diced onion (I used a few Tbsp of dried onion instead)
3 Tbsp milk

Combine all ingredients except ground beef and mix well.  Add ground beef and mix just to combine (I use my hands).  Then shape into meatballs, about 1-inch.  Here's where you have some options...

     **Fry in a skillet just to brown them.  Put in a baking dish, cover with sauce and bake at 375° for about 30 minutes, till inside is done (160° internal temp)
     **Throw them on a cookie sheet and flash freeze them.  When you're ready to start dinner, put the meatballs in a baking dish and bake at 375° for 20 minutes.  Then cover with the sauce and bake for another 30-40 minutes, till meatballs are done.

Serve over cooked rice with extra sauced drizzled on top.  Mmm.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Collin's Mexican Chicken

I got this recipe from a friend I used to work with.  Definitely my favorite mexican chicken recipe!


1 lb chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 bag Nacho Cheese Doritos, crushed
1 lb Velveeta, cut into small squares
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can Ro-Tel


Combine chicken, Velveeta, soups, Ro-Tel and 2/3 of the Dorita crumbs.  Spread in greased 9x13 pan.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.

Spread top with remaining Dorito crumbs and bake another 5-10 minutes.  Enjoy!

Tammy's Teriyaki Chicken

We have made this several times since we got it in our freezer meal exchange.  So good!


1/2 c soy sauce
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 c lime juice
1/2 tsp minced ginger
1-2 cloves garlic (minced)
3/4 c apple juice
2 green onions (chopped)
1 1/2 - 2 lbs chicken (thighs or breasts)


Mix all ingredients together & then marinate chicken overnight (if possible).

Cook the chicken.  Grilling will give the best results.  You could also bake it at 350 for about 20 minutes or cook in Crock Pot for 4-5 hours on high.

Cook the remaining marinade on the stove top over medium heat until it boils and reduces.  DON'T over cook!!

Serve over cooked rice with steamed/sauteed veggies.  Makes super yummy rice bowls!