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Mad about Meatballs ..

HI, guys! Hope all has been well with you! I’m doing fine just relaxing during my two week vacation before I start my brand new position (still pinching myself 🙂 ! Ive been wanting to share my infamous meatball recipe! It’s versatile and with a few switch up of spices can be used for just about any dish! HMMMMM.. LIGHT BULB! Maybe, ill do a series of meatball recipes.

So today, ill be making one of my favorite meals — meatballs, fresh greens and baked red potatoes. YES! It is ALLadat! Trust me, no one in the family will leave the table with a plate of scrapped over food or hungry.

Remember, to LIKE, REPOST, TAG a friend, SHARE and indulge with me today! 


** Tip: Invest in some Disposable Vinyl Gloves (powder-free) so convenient when cooking different items that need to be touched to season like tossing potatoes, chicken, steak, etc. easier to throw in the trash than to continue washing hands every two seconds!


So, lets get into it below. Im going to try a different format today with breaking each item up into separate categories!

Red Potatoes: 

**Pre-Heat oven to 375 degrees. 
**TIP: Prep and cook first as they take the longest to complete. 
1] Wash, dry, cut into quarters. 


  • Set aside baking sheets lined with foil
2] Place into a bowl.
Olive Oil
Onion and Garlic powder
Minced Garlic
a dash of Tony’s (cause its my fave)
dried Rosemary, Oregano


3] Toss Potatoes to ensure they are thoroughly coated with oil and seasonings.
4] Cook for 45 mins-1 hour until slightly browned on the outside. You will want to turn them over and move them around the 30 minute mark to ensure they are cooked thoroughly. Once they are finished sprinkle with a little kosher salt.


** Set aside a baking sheet with Parchment paper so your balls have somewhere to chill. 🙂
1] You can use the same bowl that you seasoned your tators
2] Throw that turkey (I used two packs, one 85%, another 93% for a little fat — it holds the flavor the less lean it is) in da bowl.
Season with:
salt, pepper, onion, garlic powder, paprika, thyme, tony’s, died basil, oregano, parsley, minced garlic, old bay, ground sage, cayenne (a little — too much will be too spicy unless you want them that way), onion
3] Mix well and roll a chunk of meat until desired size for meatballs. Mine are Small-Medium.
Set to the side.. lets work on our beanies!

Fresh Green Beans w/ onion x mushrooms: 

We talked a while back about shocking veggies, If you forgot.
love this brand at Sprouts because they are already cleaned and NO little hidden parasites!
1] Boil water and place green beans in for 5 mins, place immediately into ice cold water.
just chillin’
2] Add oil to pan, cut up 2-3 slices of bacon. I used maple turkey bacon for a little sweetness and flavor.
3] Cook bacon for three minutes on Medium heat. Add in mushroom and onion for one minute.
4] Pour in green beans and cook on low-medium heat and sauté. Sprinkle in some minced garlic, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cover with top. Cook for  30 minutes or until soft.
favorite way to eat green beans

FINISHING up our Meatballs: 

1] Low-Medium heat, please! You want the sauce to finish cooking them to maintain flavor.
minced garlic looks crazy!
2] Minced garlic, oil and meatballs to your pan. Cook 3-minutes on each side and set back on a new sheet of parchment paper.


3] After the 2nd batch is finished. Add all back to the pan, add in your mushrooms, onion and add the portobello soup.
I was first introduced to this soup at my love bug, Natalia’s house in the 8th grade. Ive loved it ever since. You can use for a variety of meals too.
Doesn’t it look AHMAZZINN’?
4] Allow to boil and turn down to simmer for 20-30 mins.
FYI, I made a side of parboiled white rice because black people can’t have gravy without rice or mashed potatoes to sop it up! I’m a rice and gravy kinda gal for sure; but ill have the potatoes.



Also, i will be live blogging, cooking with wine on SNAPCHAT (@itsaastickup) right before posting a new recipe! Enjoy!




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