This post was sponsored by Carando as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
They say “food is love.” That is why I am cheating on my husband. There I said it. It is only when he isn’t home. I know it doesn’t make it right but who can resist when it tastes so good. The savory Carando meatball casserole recipe that is bursting with flavor is everything a cheat day calls for.
This is the recipe my kids beg for. The one they clean their room for. The recipe that is so easy to create that even my seven-year-old can whip it up. I just pop it in the oven for him.
I know, I know, it isn’t nice to cheat on your husband with food he can’t eat but do not worry we try to down play how great dinner was when we talk to him. We do not tell him about the Carando meatballs that melt in your mouth or the caramelized cheese that bubbles over the bread.
We just sit down and enjoy the fruits of Peter Carando’s whose passionate story begins nearly a century ago along the cobblestone streets of Torino, Italy. Founder Peter Carando learned the Italian tradition of sausage-making as an apprentice at his local butcher shop. You can taste the flavor in every bite. He set sail for America to begin handcrafting the finest Italian meats this country had ever eaten. To this day, Carando has remained faithful to those recipes – and to the old world craftsmanship that has helped Carando earn its place as one the world’s finest purveyors of Italian deli meats. Those recipes make everything I make with their meatballs better from Carando meatball subs, meatballs and pasta, and to my crowd-pleasing room cleaning meatball casserole.
This meatball casserole recipe only has four ingredients and take less than a half of an hour. I love how easy it is, and it makes the best leftovers ever. You know you can cut out a piece and put it in a container before presenting the meal to your family, so you have lunch for the next day. It is perfectly acceptable. You can also freeze it, and it makes a great casserole to share with people who just had a baby, had a tragedy, or need a hot meal bursting with love.
When I was young, my mother and grandmother would can sausage. Some of you may not know what that means, but it is a way of preserving meat that few people do anymore. Just like canning vegetables and preserving fruits as jams and jellies, my family would can pork tenderloin and sage sausage. The meats were thoroughly cooked, processed in mason jars, and stored in the pantry. Because this meat was already cooked, sausage was the first meat I ever used in preparing supper for my family. I started cooking meals for my family when I was nine years old. I was so proud of myself for being able to prepare supper for my family. Using pre-cooked sausage made this easy for me. The easiest supper for me to make was Sausage Rice Pilaf. All the ingredients were readily available for me to assemble with only stove-top cooking. Now, I realize most of you do not have a supply of canned meat in your pantry, so I’ve re-written my original recipe to include cooking the sausage.
Sausage Rice Pilaf is a savory side dish that is easy to prepare, elegant to serve, and freezes beautifully. Plus, it’s made with rice, that pantry staple we always have on hand and often can be purchased for under .50¢ using the Real Advice Gal principles. Make this dish for your family and serve it with a green salad for an easy supper, or serve it as a side dish on your Christmas table.
Did someone say football? I will admit I picked my college not based on academics but based on the size and breadth of the stadium. I walked into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, and I felt like I had gone to heaven. I live, eat, and breathe football sometimes I lose my breath while watching football. You guys, It’s true! And I’ve come to accept and embrace that I would rather watch football than anything else when it comes to fall. That means I do a lot of sitting because let’s face it the only thing I run is my mouth. I can, however, catch pretty well since my kids throw everything at me that they can.
I tell you all of this because if I am sitting in front of the TV on the weekend, I need to make sure I am eating healthy. That is why I love these Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches and stadium veggie cups I make for our family tailgating party. They are easy to make, tastes great, and are easy to feed a crowd. I assume you could use this same basic recipe for any lunch meat, but the ham has the best flavor. I just love these Healthy Tailgating Recipes.
Are you often running out of ideas on what to serve your family for dinner? My family loves to try different recipes, and they easily get bored when I make the same meal, that’s why I decided to plan our meals. With menu planning, I save money, and there’s a lot of new healthy and delicious dinners that I can serve my family every day.
Dang! It is 4:45. Those people are looking at me again. They are staring at me. They are saying something that resembles English but I can’t be sure since it is being spoken at an octave that I never want to hear again. They keep repeating the same phrase over and over again and each time I try to force it out of my mind as I answer the last email. I need an easy dinner recipe and I need one yesterday.
They are “hungry.” They are so “hungry”.
I mean they haven’t eaten in at least two hours and the world may collapse like a southern bell in the heat.
What is a mom to do? What is a dad to do? How do we stop the madness and get dinner going?
So I pull out my list of these Easy Dinner Recipes
Then I go through my cabinet and pull out what I have and match it one of these amazingly easy, healthy, and gluten-free recipes.
Are you looking for ways to eat more fish and need family friendly ideas? Well look no further because this one is a crowd pleaser for both young and old. The sweet, savory sauce in this Baked Maple Bourbon Salmon Recipe is something that will appeal to kids and adults who normally wouldn’t eat fish. It only takes 30 minutes and is a great way to get your Omega 3’s! Bonus: it is only 6 Weight Watchers Points per serving. Try it and let us know what you think!