20 Minute Meatless Meatball Recipe #BeyondMeat

This post is brought to you by BeyondMeat and Markerly. All opinions are my own.

As a teenager, I hated eating meat. I was never a full-on vegetarian, but I chose meatless alternatives whenever I could. Ten years ago, the meatless alternatives were good, but not great. They tasted good, but I could almost always tell the difference.

I do eat meat, but prefer to only do so when it’s been treated humanely from start to finish. Meat like that isn’t always available, and so it’s nice to know that there are other options out there. I was invited to try BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles, a new-to-me meatless alternative, and it completely blew me away. It tasted just like the real thing- in fact, it had several things going for it:

-It’s meatless. Whether you’re a vegetarian or just want to vary your diet, BeyondMeat offers an alternative. Made with 100% Non-GMO pea protein, it’s a plant product.

-Anyone can enjoy it: it’s Gluten-free, Soy-free, and Kosher.

-It’s nutritious: A serving contains 10g of protein {the same as ground beef}, without cholesterol, saturated fat, or trans fat.

-It’s delicious: Whether you choose the beefy flavor {a hint of garlic and citrus} or the fiesty variety {a zesty blend for tacos or chili}, it is perfectly seasoned.

-It’s versatile: You can make burgers, tacos, lasagna- whatever you want! If it uses beef, you can use BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles.

I made “meat”balls using the BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles. Not only are these meatballs meat-free, but they aren’t even really meatballs. I had never made meatballs before, and the recipes that I found on Pinterest were intimidating. Most of them took over an hour and  required dirtying several dishes just to make tiny balls of meat. By using the BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles, I was able to cut that cooking time down to roughly 20 minutes- including prep and clean up.

20 Minute Meatless Meatball Recipe

Ingredients:

-1-2 tbsp coconut oil {enough to fill pan when melted}

-1 tbsp basil

-1 tsp oregano

-1 tsp rosemary

-1 package BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles {beefy flavor}

-4 tbsp tomato paste

-1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

-1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs

-Olive oil spray

Directions:

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees

-Melt coconut oil in a medium sized skillet

-Add spices and heat on medium for about a minute

-While spices are on the stove, warm your BeyondMeat crumbles in the microwave for about 40 seconds {I put them into a bowl but you could leave them in the bag}

-Add the Beef Crumbles to the skillet in a single layer

-Add the tomato paste and stir well, coating most of the “beef”

-Simmer for a minute or two on medium heat

-When “beef” is hot, add mozzarella and stir. The mozzarella should melt into the “meat” as you stir- if it doesn’t, allow to heat on medium until it does.

-When everything is mixed, add the breadcrumbs and mix one last time.

-Using an ice cream scoop, form balls of “meat” and place onto a foil-lined cookie sheet. {As they cool down, you may be able to use your hands to form more compact, round balls.}

-Lightly spray with olive oil to prevent burning and place on the middle rack in the oven for ten minutes.

-Allow to cool for a minute or two before removing from cookie sheet, serve with pasta of your choice, top with marinara and enjoy!

I served ours with zoodles {noodles made out of zucchini} because Justin doesn’t eat pasta, and because it seemed fitting to replace our pasta with veggies since we were doing the same with our meat.

Buy It: BeyondMeat products are located in the freezer section of many grocery stores {we found ours at Whole Foods}. You can use the store locator to find some near you.

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What recipe would you try first with BeyondMeat Beef Crumbles?

12 Quick & Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes

This post is brought to you by Foodie. All opinions are my own.

Check out 12 Quick & Easy Chicken Dinners

by Shell Feis at Foodie.com

I love to cook for my family, but I don’t usually have a whole lot of time to do it. Whether it’s because the baby needs something, we’ve been out all day, or {soon} we’re trying to get homework done before bed, there’s always something else to do. So while I love to make homemade meals, I love it when they don’t take that long!

12 Quick and Easy Chicken Dinners- perfect for busy weeknights!

Above you’ll find 12 quick & easy chicken dinners- everything from slow cooker tacos to garlic chicken to chicken salad. They are great meals to make after a long summer day or in the craziness of back to school so be sure to save these recipes to your collections on Foodie.com!

What’s your favorite way to eat chicken?

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

Shane loves helping in the kitchen. I let him whenever there’s something he can help with- so anything that doesn’t use the oven, the stove, a sharp kitchen tool, or raw ingredients that can make him sick. It sounds like that would eliminate a lot of recipes, but really it’s just an excuse to get a little creative in the kitchen!

My favorite things for Shane to help me make are no-bake dessert recipes. Whether we’re making a batch of no-bake cookies or just improving on an already delicious dessert, it makes the treat even sweeter when it includes time in the kitchen together.

These Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches are a perfect summer treat that any kid can help make! The best part is that they are ready very quickly so you don’t have to wait too long to eat them!

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe- great for getting the kids in the kitchen!

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ingredients:

-1 box of ice cream sandwiches (I used vanilla but you could use whatever flavor you wish)

-Wilton candy sticks (located in the Wilton aisle at mass retailers or craft stores)

-1-2 small bottles multi-color sprinkles (located in the baking aisle)

Directions -

1. Line a 9×13 baking sheet with wax paper or foil, unwrap all the ice cream sandwiches, and cut them in half.

2. Take a candy and stick it into the middle of each ice cream sandwich.

3. Pour the multi-color sprinkles onto a plate and ‘dip’ each side of the ice cream sandwich into the sprinkles. Use your fingers to sprinkle more on the side where you inserted the candy stick. Lay the completed ice cream sandwich back onto the lined baking sheet.

4. Repeat the process with all the ice cream sandwiches.

5. Place back in the freeze for 30-60 minutes to ‘set’.

Funfetti Ice Cream Sandwiches

Not only are these ice cream sandwiches perfect for a fun afternoon or after-dinner activity, but they are a cute {yet very easy} treat to have for guests as well! We’re starting to plan Shane’s birthday party menu and these just may be on it.

What’s your favorite treat to make with your kids?

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water Recipe

Last year, when I was pregnant, I basically became a camel. I always had a water bottle within reach and I made sure to drink enough water all the time {and the pregnancy-induced bathroom breaks proved it}. Since having Zac, I’ve had so many things to think about at all times that I have let my water consumption fall far down the list of things I need to be concerned with.

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water

However, it’s been well over 100 degrees, even on rainy days, and my body is starting to get mad at me for neglecting it. I’ve been getting some pretty gnarly muscle cramps in my legs and after consulting Dr. Google, it seems to be from being dehydrated. Now, I love water, and have no problem drinking it plain- but as some incentive to remember to refill my glass more often, I do enjoy flavored water, like this Cucumber Lemon Mint Water!

This Cucumber Lemon Mint Water is easy to make and delicious to drink. It’s perfect for picnics, parties, or just sipping poolside! Bottoms up!

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water Recipe from @NotQuiteSusie

Cucumber Lemon Mint Infused Water

Ingredients:

 -{1} 16 oz. canning jar*

-½ of 1 medium size cucumber, cut into slices

-½ of a lemon, sliced

-¼ of fresh mint leaves

Directions:

1. Add the cucumber slices, lemon slices and fresh mint leaves to your jar and use a spoon or a fork to mash them up a bit to let the juices out. {Ripping the fresh mint leaves will also infuse your water even more.}

2. Next, fill the jar with water, place the cover on and refrigerate overnight for the best flavor.

*{1} 16 oz. jar = 2 servings.

Cucumber Lemon Mint Water Recipe

How do you motivate yourself to stay hydrated?

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{This recipe was created by contributor Jill.}

Easy Homemade Baby Food with Cuisinart

Thanks to Cuisinart for sponsoring today’s discussion. When I was pregnant with Zac, I made a list in my head of all of the things I was going to do differently than I did with my first. Don’t get me wrong, I think Shane has turned out pretty great so far, but there are things that I know now that would have made things easier or better if I knew them the first time around. Zac with Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer One of the main things I decided to do was make my own homemade baby food. There are a lot of great baby  food brands out there now {with many more organic and natural varieties than when Shane was a baby} and I do plan to use them sometimes. But for us, homemade baby food is preferable in so many ways- I can control the ingredients and give him nothing but the best, save money, and even be more eco-friendly by not using all of that packaging. Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer Even though there are a ton of benefits, making your own baby food can be a huge pain without the right tools. We recently received the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and Bottle Warmer and it makes food prep as easy as a few pushes of a button! Once Zac is a little older, I’ll be able to put pretty much anything we’re eating for dinner directly into the baby food maker and just puree it for him to eat- I won’t even have to make him a separate meal! For now, though, he’s just beginning solids so he has to have one or two ingredient only meals. I made him some banana baby food in the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker and it was so easy! 20 Second Homemade Baby Food 1. Take one ripe banana 2. Tear it into 3 even pieces. 3. Place it into the baby food maker and pulse three times. Continue to puree until it is the desired consistency. 4. Remove from bowl and serve! 4 Now, bananas are a super easy food to prepare, but even those that take a little more work are so much easier with the Cuisinart Baby Food Maker. You can easily steam foods using the same appliance- saving on time as well as dishes! If your little one takes bottles, you can even use the unit as a bottle warmer. 6 Of course, the ultimate test is what baby thinks- and clearly, he’s a fan! Zac is just starting out on solids, so he hasn’t tried many different foods yet since we have to wait between new foods to watch for reactions. As his list of “safe foods” grows, though, we’ll be using the Cuisinart website to search for yummy recipes- from the purees in Stage 1 to the combination foods in Stage 2 and 3. I can’t wait to make the Peaches with Bananas and Rice this weekend! The site even has a Menu Planner so you can make sure baby is getting a good variety. Win It: Want your own Cuisinart Baby Food Maker? One lucky reader will win their own! Just enter below! [Read more...]

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