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Monday, July 15, 2013

Oh, How I love my Crock Pot, Frugal Meals, and Freezer Cooking!

Every day I love to wake up with having a plan.  Knowing what my family's meals for the day are going to be is always part of that plan.  When it was just my son and husband, I felt like I could do it all.  Then our twin girls came along and let's just say it totally took getting used to.  Schedules were off balance and it never seemed like there was enough time in each day. 

Well I'm glad to say that I was able to get into the swing of things and with our family decision of myself staying home with the kids and then also homeschooling our children, I couldn't help but kick it into high gear.  I began on my frugal journey when it came to the food in our household and have not looked back.  Every week I am finding even more ways to save money on certain items.

Recently I started making homemade flour tortillas along with refried beans.  You save so much on both of these items and they taste so much better as well.  I use the crock pot more.  I love the smells in my house when there is food in my crock pot and not to mention the low energy it uses. 

What's for dinner?  Well, I am so glad that you asked.  My family is having homemade meatballs for a yummy spaghetti dinner.  My kids never say no to spaghetti.

Crock Pot Meatballs:

1 1/2 lbs. ground meat mixture (whatever you like in your meatballs)
1/2 to 3/4 cup of Italian or plain bread crumbs
1 tbs. black pepper (add amount to your liking)
2 tbs. Mrs. Dash Tomato Basil Garlic seasoning blend salt-free
1tbs. minced garlic or garlic powder (use what you have on hand)
1 cup chopped white onion (any amount or type of onion is fine, make it to your liking)
1 to 2 eggs to help hold your mixture

You can add anything you like to your meatball mixture.  This is a just a base recipe.  I change mine up all the time.  You will layer the meatballs after you have mixed your mixture up really well and then pour over either homemade pasta sauce or a homemade sauce.  Set your crock pot on low or to cook 4 to 6 hours.  Every crock pot is different.  You can tell when the meatballs are finished.  Cook some noodles and add a salad or any veggies you want for a side dish along with some garlic bread.  Voila! You have dinner.

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