Have a ball (or two) with your next meal

Over the past year or so, I have become enamored with any meal that I can double (or triple?or quadruple) and freeze the leftovers for future meals.

Between my crazy schedule during the school year to Joey?s crazy schedule with the newspaper, it?s sometimes a miracle that we even manage to get a meal in at all, let alone one that we didn?t have to use a drive-thru to get.

It?s nice when I can pull a container out of the freezer and have a good meal on the table in very little time.

I?ve mostly done this with soups and chilis, but recently I was able to add another quick meal to my freezer by making my own meatballs.

In the past, I purchased frozen meatballs from the store, but I?ve never found ones I like, and they?re normally either high in fat and sodium or low in flavor. This recipe fixed both those problems.

It comes from the blog ?Home Cooking Memories.? You can find the original at http://homecookingmemories.com/baked-turkey-meatballs-with-spinach-10-ideas-for-meatballs/. I adjusted some of the amounts a bit.

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Baked Turkey Meatballs with Spinach

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil

4-5 garlic cloves, minced

salt to taste

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 cup fresh spinach, cut into ribbons

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/3 cup chicken broth

2 pounds ground turkey

1 cup bread crumbs (I used Panko)

2 eggs

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion, salt, pepper, oregano and red pepper flakes and cook until the onion is soft.

Add the spinach, Worcestershire and chicken broth to the onion mixture and stir to combine.

Cook until much of the liquid has evaporated.

Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture come up to room temperature.

In a mixing bowl, combine the turkey, bread crumbs and egg. Add in the onion mixture, too. (If your meatballs aren?t coming together well, add more bread crumbs.) Mix everything together with your hands.

Roll meatballs that are about one-inch in diameter and place them on the baking sheet, spreading them out just a little.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until the meatballs? internal temperature comes to 160 degrees.

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We ate our meatballs on spaghetti, but you could just as easily use these for meatball sandwiches or just with a really good sauce.

It?s nice to have options for dinner on hectic days. No matter how busy we are, getting the chance to sit down and share a good meal together makes things feel much less stressful?even if it?s leftovers from the freezer.

When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at lindseyclarion@gmail.com.