Frugal Foodie Mama: Portobello Red Wine Mini Meatballs

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Portobello Red Wine Mini Meatballs

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I am partnering with Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces today to bring you all this super simple recipe for Portobello Red Wine Mini Meatballs perfect for a busy weeknight...
Portobello Red Wine Mini Meatballs via thefrugalfoodiemama.com- with just a few ingredients this tasty meal can be on your table in around 45 minutes! #PanWithAPlan #ImagineNation #ad
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I have to be real with you all for a moment- I love having a few easy to throw together, quick dinner ideas at my disposal.  Even with the best of intentions and a well planned out meal plan for the week, there are nights when cooking from scratch just goes out the window.
I know you all know what I am talking about... ;)
Those evenings when a day at home with the little ones has been just a little too long.
Those evenings when you come home and the office has managed to wipe out every last bit of self motivation you may have left.
Those evenings when the kids' practice, that work meeting, the traffic has taken just a little longer than you had planned for.
Those types of evenings happen at least a few times a month in this home.
I defrost chicken or ground beef that morning only to come home and realize that I just do not have it in me to make the recipe I had originally planned to use them in.

In fact, this very such thing happened to me when I came home one evening and had ground beef thawed in the fridge. My original plan was to make a pot of chili with it, but I was wiped out. All the chopping, and browning, and simmering just didn't appeal to me at all.  I was just about to cave into the fast food drive-thru when I remembered that I had a pouch of the Portobello Red Wine Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauce sitting in my pantry! :)
That pack of ground beef quickly became tender mini meatballs smothered in a rich and creamy Portobello Red Wine sauce...

Portobello Red Wine Mini Meatballs via thefrugalfoodiemama.com- with just a few ingredients this tasty meal can be on your table in around 45 minutes! #PanWithAPlan #ImagineNation #ad
Portobello Red Wine Mini Meatballs

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25-30 minutes
Ingredients (4-5 servings)
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pouch of Portobello Red Wine Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauce
  • Egg noodles or your favorite pasta
Instructions
In a large mixing bowl, combine the beaten eggs and bread crumbs. Add in the ground beef and salt & pepper. Mix well (the best & quickest way to do this is with your hands!).
Form the meatball mixture into small meatballs- about 1 1/2 tbsp of the mixture per meatball.

Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Once heated, add the meatballs to the pan. Brown on all sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. Pour the Portobello Red Wine Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauce over the meatballs and give a gentle stir. Cover the pan and turn down the heat to medium-low. Simmer 15-20 minutes, until the meatballs are cooked through.

Serve over hot egg noodles or your favorite pasta.
Enjoy!
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Portobello Red Wine Mini Meatballs via thefrugalfoodiemama.com- with just a few ingredients this tasty meal can be on your table in around 45 minutes! #PanWithAPlan #ImagineNation #ad

Not only were these Portobello Red Wine Mini Meatballs a huge hit with this mama (hello, home cooked dinner on the table in around 45 minutes!), but my entire family loved these as well.  My family thought the mini meatballs were more fun, but I had an ulterior motive with these- making smaller meatballs meant a quicker cook time. ;) And the sauce on this? Rich and hearty! 

Not only are Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces easy, delicious, and convenient, but I love that I can feel good about feeding them to my family. They are all certified organic, contain no preservatives or artificial ingredients, and are sans MSG and gluten. 
Portobello Red Wine Mini Meatballs via thefrugalfoodiemama.com- with just a few ingredients this tasty meal can be on your table in around 45 minutes! #PanWithAPlan #ImagineNation #ad
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Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces come in four delicious flavors- Portobello Red Wine, Latin Veracruz, Thai Coconut Curry, & Louisiana Creole! 
Which one are you most looking forward to trying first? :)



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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces.

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