Dinner and the leftovers

Here's 2 super quick meals I do when I don't have time (and/or desire) to really cook but I still want something warm and yummy...

Shelly's Quickie Meatball Bake

16 Mini Cocktail Size (or 8 full size) Meatballs (fully cooked kind)
1 cup good Marinara Sauce (I use jarred Rao's Tomato Basil)
1/4 cup Frozen Peas, optional
1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
a few sprigs of Fresh Basil, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Oregano (plus a dash for top)
1/2 teaspoon Pizza Seasoning (plus a dash for top)
3 Slices Provolone Cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan, grated

Heat meatballs in sauce for about 5 minutes. Toss in optional peas. Pour into Pyrex dish. Mix ricotta, oregano, basil and pizza seasonings together. Spoon ricotta cheese in dollops over sauce. Place Provolone over that. Sprinkle with seasonings and Parmesan. Bake for 30 minutes until bubbly and golden.

This would be great during the soft stage. Oodles of protein and makes you feel like you are really eating something. I think that is one of the hardest things in the beginning of this journey those first few weeks when you can't really sit down and share a meal with your family. This is a very family friendly meal.

Non-ops could have it as is or made into meatball sandwiches on toasted garlic bread. I usually serve it alone, with a green salad, or with sauteed spinach or cabbage.

I get a lot of what do you do with your leftovers questions. So here's what I did today for lunch with these leftovers...

Take the leftovers and make a Tortilla Pizza.

Nuke the leftovers slightly and then place them on a Mission Carb Balance Whole Wheat Fajita Size Tortilla put a slice of Provolone Cheese, a generous snowfall of Parmesan and Italian Seasoning on top. Pop them in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes.


Debbie Y. said...

I love that vizualizer thing.

I am hungry and looking at your post for the quickie meatball bake is making my mouth water. The Food Porn is really the ultimate for me. I love looking at the pictures of your recipes, if not for them, I don't know if I would try so many, but the pics win me over every time. Keep posting.

adoll said...

I made the meatballs last night and they were a BIG hit with everyone! Thanks for making another delicious dish. It didn't hurt that it was easy to make too!!

Schmeesa said...

Thanks for such a great idea! I made this last night, and nuked some spaghetti squash to go with it, and even my husband thought it was excellent.

Maven said...

I'm still in the phase of waiting for insurance to approve my surgery. Love your blog.

What is the nutritional content of the pizzas? Also, when you eat this, how much of it are you eating?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Yay! Glad you guys enjoyed it!


Hi Maven, Thanks so much :)

You can figure out nutrition information to any recipe (mine or others) by going to a site like fitday.com

Go to a clean day (one you haven't entered items on)

Enter each individual ingredient you have used

The total # of cals, carbs, proteins, fats will be given

Take those totals and divide by the # of servings you get from the dish.

Nutrition facts can vary so widely... on my plan I use full fat cheese, full fat mayo, butter, olive oil, others may use low fat cheese or horrors that non fat toxic waste, what percentage % fat of beef or turkey you use, etc. The nutrition numbers would swing like a pendulum. Plus... serving size can vary what I eat as a 3+ year post-op is a very different amount than a 3 month, 6 month, or 4 year post-op.

Hope this helps,

Anonymous said...

Where on EARTH do you get your mini meatballs? This looks AMAZING!!!!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE your site! It has been SUCH a blessing to me!!!


Michelle "Shelly" said...

KA Trader Joe's has cocktail meatballs or you can make and freeze them homemade.