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Two-Bite Meatballs and Veggie Pasta Sauce

I am working hard at cooking what is available to me in my kitchen, without buying excess at the store.  It forces some creativity, but I don’t feel wasteful.  Last night I threw together a dish with meatballs and a saucy sauce.  I call it Two-Bite Meatballs because it takes two bites to eat them politely.  You could just pop a whole one into your mouth, but that would be rude.

First, you make your meatballs.  I make my meatballs differently every time, just depending on the taste I want, but in this case:

  • 1lb ground lamb
  • 1 Tbs garlic paste
  • 2 Tbs diced onions
  • 1 tsp Allspice
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Mix all that together, then use a spoon to measure out equal amounts of meat, per the size of the meatball you want.  A melon baller will also give you tidy sizes.  Stick those in the broiler for 10 minutes, then flip them and broil to your preferred level of doneness.  (I used a regular spoon for these and netted myself 16 two-bite meatballs.)

While that’s working, make your sauce.

  • 1 can of unsalted diced tomatoes with basil
  • 1 zucchini chopped into teeny, tiny cubes–think The Borrower’s sized
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Dash or more of cinnamon

Let those ingredients simmer until your onions are tender.  By that time, your meatballs should be out of the oven, and you should have some nice fatty juices sloshing around.  Pour your sauce into the pan with your meatballs and fatty broth, stir and let sit for about five minutes.  This will make you a really delicious, fairly healthy sauce that compliments the meat well. 

Serve over rice, pasta, zucchini pasta, orzo…whatever.  Pretty simple.  Very tasty.

It played well to the family.  All the meatballs were eaten, and a good bit of the sauce.

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Chef Lane: C is for Cracker

My friend, the illustrious Dr. Stephanie S., posted a recipe for basic homemade crackers on Facebook.  I had exactly one cup of whole wheat flour sitting in my pantry, so I decided to give it a try.  Mmmm!


First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and get a cookie sheet ready.  If it is non-stick, no worries.  Otherwise, give it a coat of cooking spray.

1 cup of flour
1/4 cup of water
3 tbs olive oil
3 tsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tsp garlic salt, ground with parsley
1/2 tsp chili powder
Knead the ingredients until dough forms, and is slightly sticky.
Roll out your dough (on a non-stick surface, or a surface prepped with cooking spray) to about 1/4 inch thickness, then cut into the shape of your choice.
Pop the cut crackers in the oven for 8-10 minutes, until crispy.
Remove from oven and enjoy!

Pretty tasty little wafers.  These would be good with hummus.  The basics are always the same: Flour, water, oil.  Mix up the flavor ingredients as you like to change up the taste.  Next time, I’m using rosemary!