Easy Meatballs with Squash Dinner

EASY RECIPE

I wanted a good meatball dinner but not the heavy pasta or potatoes that usually accompany such a dish. First I started my quest to find a relatively light but flavorful meatball recipe. Armed with general knowledge of meatball construction I ventured off on my own. I immediately veered off the road with my choice of 90/10 ground beaf. Not enough fat many would yell. But I had a plan. To bring up the fat and flavor I decided to incorporate Farmer John Classic Sausage.  The result? An easy but awesome home made dinner!

recipe will serve 2 with left overs.

Ingredients:

1 lb. 90/10 ground beef.

4 0z Farmer John Classic breakfast sausage or similar.

2 slices day old sourdough bread (toasted and then crushed).

1 egg.

1/4 cup minced onion.

1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce.

1/4 tsp salt.

1/4 tsp pepper.

1 zucchini – julienne cut.

1 yellow squash – julienne cut.

1 garlic – minced.

tbsp canola oil.

1/4 cup mayonnaise.

1/4 cup ketchup,

1 tsp Sriracha sauce.

Tbsp lemon.

3 Tbsp. soy sauce.

6 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar.

3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice.

1 Tbsp. Sugar Free Syrup (fake maple).

1 tsp. dry mustard.

1 tsp. Italian seasoning.

Preparation:

Super light sauce for vegetables:

In dressing jar mix together: 3 Tbsp. soy sauce; 6 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar; 3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice; 1 Tbsp. Sugar Free Syrup (fake maple); 1 tsp. dry mustard; 1 tsp. Italian seasoning.

Stir and shake to mix, and then refrigerate.

Meatballs:

To large bowl add ground beef, sausage, egg, breadcrumbs, minced onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Mix together by hand. Form the meatballs (but don’t overwork them, as one recipe advised, you are not making snowballs).  Plate the meatballs.

Tip: Place aluminum foil over adjacent burners to make cleanup easier.

Sauce for meatballs:

In small bowl combine: 1/4 cup mayonnaise; 1/4 cup ketchup; 1 tsp Sriracha sauce, and 1 Tbsp lemon. Mix and refrigerate.

Vegetables:

Add canola oil to fry pan, bring up the heat to medium and then add zucchini, squash and garlic. Simmer until vegetables brown abit. Remove and plate.

Add a little more canola oil to same frypan, raise the temperature to a little above medium and add meatballs. Occasionally turn the meatballs so they brown on all sides (nothing wrong with a little char). Until cooked through center.

To the dinner plate smear some of the mayo sauce as a bed for the meatballs. Plate the vegetables, and drizzle a little of the super light sauce over them. And that’s it you just made an awesome home made dinner!

AND STUFF

THE REGNUM EVENT

Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite.

“A perfect read for young adult fans of sci-fi, The Regnum Event by Roger Scouton features a cast of compelling characters, a gripping plot, and a rollicking ride that provides great amusement and excitement for readers. Meet twin bikers Germaine and Sarah Thompson, poised for the biking competition level BMX. The twins are in their final year in high school and could become the pride of their family. But an unplanned meeting with a starship changes everything. The alien, Novo, is wont to watch events around the universe and, from his distant and safe place, positively influence these events. He has been watching the twin bikers and he believes they could have an answer to a problem he’s been thinking about for a while. Perhaps they could be the answer to the impending war in a far off planet where a dying king is about to leave his people in the hands of a son with very little experience in leadership.

Sarah and Germaine are whisked off their biking trail by Novo, who wants them to witness a similar competition in another planet, to observe the prince and determine if he has what it takes to win an interplanetary war. This has to happen within the time frame the kids are supposed to be out biking, so they should be home before their mother suspects anything. But then a lot happens and they are facing more than what they bargained for. The adventure has just begun and it’s a thrill! Roger Scouton’s The Regnum Event is wonderfully crafted and readers will easily connect with the characters. Sarah and her brother, Germaine, are characters that young readers will adore. I loved their courage, the connection they share with each other, and how they evolved through the story. Great prose, a compelling and masterfully developed plot, and exciting action! It was an awesome and satisfying read!”

I love that review of my e-book, and hope you will get a copy for the Young Adult reader in your family!

Good Eating and Table Talk,

Roger

 

 

 

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Super Easy Shrimp Wok

EASY RECIPE

So here we go, keep this secret from your significant cause it is awesome and sooooo easy.

Let’s do a spicy shrimp wok.

Meal serves 2

Ingredients

1/2 lb Argentinian red shrimp.

4 thick green onions – cut in one inch lengths.

1/2 red bell pepper julienne cut.

1/2 cup broccoli.

1/4 cup mushrooms sliced.

1 and 1/2 Tbsp canola oil.

1 Tbsp Oyster Flavored Sauce.

1 Tbsp Hoisin sauce.

1 clove garlic.

1 quarter size slice of ginger – minced.

1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes.

Preparation:

Call your significant other and see where they are on the commute home because this dish cooks fast!

In large fry pan or wok put oil and heat on high. Add the shrimp and turn now and then for maybe 2 minutes. When red remove shrimp.

To fry pan or wok add all oils listed above, and then all vegetables, and red pepper flakes. Stir.

Start frozen rice per package.

Stir vegetables and add shrimp.

Plate rice, and shrimp  and enjoy. BUT NEVER TELL your mate you did this kick ass meal in less than 30 minutes.

AND STUFF

Just got a royalty check from my novels. Thank you for supporting my recipes and my fictional adventures.

Good Eating and Table Talk,

Roger

 

 

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Easy Tuna and Napa Cabbage Salad

EASY RECIPE

How about a super easy, low fat and carb, dinner you can make in minutes? I took my idea from The Ultimate Healthy Eating Cookbook, and as usual jazzed it up.

recipe serves 2

Ingredients:

7 oz can of albacore tuna in water.

1 head Napa cabbage.

1 can Trader Joe’s or such fire roasted red peppers (reserve unused for other meals).

1 can of artichoke hearts – opened up slightly to create a flower appearance (reserve unused for other meals).

3 Tbsp low fat mayonnaise.

2 Tbsp chopped parsley (save a little for garnish).

1 Tbsp dijon mustard.

1 Tbsp capers.

1/4 tsp celery salt.

dash of pepper.

2 slices Sourdough bread.

1 1/2  Tbsp salted butter.

1 clove minced garlic.

1/8 tsp dry Italian spices.

Preparation: 

Drain water from tuna.

To mixing bowl add tuna, mayo, mustard and mix together as you break up the tuna.

Add celery salt, capers, and parsley and stir to mix.

Cut the stocks off 4 Napa cabbage leaves and  plate 2 on each plate end-to-end to form a bowl.

Mix the butter, garlic, and Italian seasoning to soften and mix the ingredients.

Toast sourdough bread and then cut off crusts and add garlic butter. Then slice bread into nice strips and plate.

Slice one large fire roasted red pepper into 1/8 inch or so strips and arrange on top of plated artichoke hearts.

Place equal scoops of tuna mixture in center of each cabbage boat and enjoy!

AND STUFF

Since today just happens to be Halloween I will shamelessly plug my novel, Dinner With Lucifer, which has received numerous reader  5 Star ratings on Goodreads.

 

It is the most fun end of the world novel you could hope for. Available in all ebook formats and most ebook outlets worldwide.

Good Eating and Table Talk,

Roger

 

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Moroccan Stuffed Bell Pepper and Chopped Kale Salad

EASY RECIPE

She Who Must Be Obeyed and I are trying to eat a little healthier as well as a little less. So, I borrowed a little from the Williams-Sonoma Moroccan meatball recipe, and came up with an easy, great tasting Moroccan Stuffed Bell Pepper for two recipe. I also wanted a lite salad so I created a yogurt based dressing to brighten up kale.

The flavorful meat mixes well with the fresh tasting dressing and kale as it tumbles out of the pepper during the meal.

Ingredients:

salad and dressing:

kale for two.

1/4 cup vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt.

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil.

2 tsp. rice vinegar.

1 tsp. lemon juice.

1/4 tsp. ground cumin.

1/4 tsp. dill powder.

1 clove minced garlic.

1 Tbsp. minced parsley.

stuffed bell pepper:

2 large green or red bell peppers.

.60 pound of 93% lean ground beef.

1 Tbsp. minced parsley.

1 tsp. ground cumin.

1 tsp. cayenne pepper.

1/4 tsp. salt.

1/4 tsp. cinnamon.

1/8 tsp. powdered ginger.

2 green onions – chopped.

1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil.

1 roma tomato – chopped.

8 oz tomato sauce.

white cheese for topping.

Preparation:

Salad:

Chop sufficient amount of kale for two.

To mixing bowl add all other dressing ingredients and stir to mix. Refrigerate dressing and kale.

Moroccan Stuffed Bell Pepper: 

Slice off top 1/4 or so of both bell peppers, and then remove seeds and ribs.

In large pot heat water to low boil and blanch peppers for 4 minutes. Carefully remove peppers and stand them cut side down on paper towels.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In large bowl add ground beef and stuffed pepper meat ingredients except olive oil, tomato, tomato sauce, and cheese. Hand mix to evenly distribute the spices.

To a frypan add the olive, heat to medium high and then add meat mixture. Fry until nicely browned and then add chopped tomato and tomato sauce stir to mix. Lower heat to medium low and cook for 5 minutes.

Place bell peppers cut side up on foil lined baking tray and fill with meat mixture.

 

Sprinkle white cheese on top of meat mixture and place baking tray with bell peppers into the oven for 25 minutes.

Plate the cooked stuffed peppers. Surround each pepper with chopped kale and drizzle with dressing.

That’s all there is to making an easy but great dinner for two!

AND STUFF

THE REGNUM EVENT

Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite.

“A perfect read for young adult fans of sci-fi, The Regnum Event by Roger Scouton features a cast of compelling characters, a gripping plot, and a rollicking ride that provides great amusement and excitement for readers. Meet twin bikers Germaine and Sarah Thompson, poised for the biking competition level BMX. The twins are in their final year in high school and could become the pride of their family. But an unplanned meeting with a starship changes everything. The alien, Novo, is wont to watch events around the universe and, from his distant and safe place, positively influence these events. He has been watching the twin bikers and he believes they could have an answer to a problem he’s been thinking about for a while. Perhaps they could be the answer to the impending war in a far off planet where a dying king is about to leave his people in the hands of a son with very little experience in leadership.

Sarah and Germaine are whisked off their biking trail by Novo, who wants them to witness a similar competition in another planet, to observe the prince and determine if he has what it takes to win an interplanetary war. This has to happen within the time frame the kids are supposed to be out biking, so they should be home before their mother suspects anything. But then a lot happens and they are facing more than what they bargained for. The adventure has just begun and it’s a thrill! Roger Scouton’s The Regnum Event is wonderfully crafted and readers will easily connect with the characters. Sarah and her brother, Germaine, are characters that young readers will adore. I loved their courage, the connection they share with each other, and how they evolved through the story. Great prose, a compelling and masterfully developed plot, and exciting action! It was an awesome and satisfying read!”

I love that review of my e-book, and hope you will get a copy for the Young Adult reader in your family!

Good Eating and Table Talk,

Roger

 

 

 

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