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Inspired by a sweet and sour meatball sauce recipe in Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld, I made these:

Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe - perfect as an appetizer, or serve on noodles.

They were great as fingerfood on toothpicks, but would also be tasty served on a bed of noodles! Of course you can always make the meatballs without the sweet and sour sauce, and serve them with spaghetti and red sauce. Here’s what I did…

FOR THE MEATBALLS:

  • 1 lb. ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1/2 c. Italian-style Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c. finely chopped onion
  • 1 egg

FOR THE SAUCE:

  • 1-2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 c. beef broth
  • 2 Tbs. ketchup
  • 1 Tbs. steak sauce
  • 1/2 c. crushed pineapple in natural juice
  • 1-2 Tbs. orange marmalade
  • optional: cornstarch (if needed for thickening)

MAKE THE MEATBALLS: Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large mixing bowl, combine meat, Panko bread crumbs, milk, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 c. of the chopped onion. Shape mixture into meatballs; approximately 1-2 inches each. Place on cookie sheet lined with foil and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 20 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.

WHILE MEATBALLS BAKE, MAKE THE SAUCE: In a small saucepan, heat oil on med-high heat, then add 1/2 c. onion, and sugar. Cook for a few minutes until onions are soft and starting to brown. Add broth, ketchup, steak sauce, pineapple, and marmalade. Bring to a boil, and cook a couple more minutes. If too thin, add a little cornstarch a teaspoon or so at a time until desired thickness. Strain sauce into a bowl with a mesh colander, and discard “pulp” mixture left behind in the strainer.

TO SERVE: Dip meatballs in sauce, and place on serving dish or on noodles.

Guess what we had for dinner? Another freezer meal – shocking! Ha. 🙂

This time was French onion crusted pork chops and they were really tasty. I wasn’t sure if they would do ok in the freezer, but they were delicious. Here’s what I ended up with:

French Onion Crusted Pork Chops - adapted from Paula Deen y'all. Make a double batch and freeze the extras!

recipe adapted from Paula Deen y’all!

French Onion Crusted Pork Chops

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU DO:

If preparing right away…

Preheat oven to 400F.

Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl. In a second bowl (or on a large plate) mix together the breadcrumbs and soup mix.

Dip the pork chops first in the beaten eggs, then in the breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides.

Place pork chops on a baking sheet covered with foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake for 20 mins, flipping over halfway through.

If freezing for later…

Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl. In a second bowl (or on a large plate) mix together the breadcrumbs and soup mix.

Dip the pork chops first in the beaten eggs, then in the breadcrumb mixture, coating both sides.

Place pork chops in a gallon freezer bag, labeled with a permanent marker, and freeze.

To prepare, thaw overnight in the fridge. Place pork chops on a baking sheet covered with foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 400F for 20 mins, flipping over halfway through.

French Onion Crusted Pork Chops - adapted from Paula Deen y'all. Freezer friendly. Quick easy AND delicious.

I was on a mission to stock our freezer with some chicken meals, and started with a Ranch Parmesan Chicken recipe from plainchicken.com.

Here’s what I ended up with…

Baked Parmesan Ranch Chicken - served with rice and salt & vinegar cucumber salad

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 4 uncooked, boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I used two since they were huge)
  • 1 c. Ranch dressing
  • 1 c. panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted

WHAT YOU DO:

  • If preparing right away, preheat oven to 400F. Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, garlic powder, salt, and pepper on a plate. Dip chicken in Ranch to coat both sides, then roll in bread crumbs. Place in baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  (To add a little crispiness back I sprinkled on a tiny amount of breadcrumbs on top). Drizzle with melted butter. Bake for 30-35 mins or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Approximately 5 mins before removing from oven, turn up to “broil,” which will crisp up & brown the breading.
  • If freezing, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, garlic powder, salt, and pepper on a plate. Dip uncooked chicken in Ranch to coat both sides, then roll in bread crumbs. Put breaded chicken in a gallon ziplock bag, and label with a marker, then freeze. To prepare, thaw, then place chicken in baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Drizzle with melted butter. Bake  in preheated 400F oven for 30-35 mins or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Approximately 5 mins before removing from oven, increase temp to “broil” to crisp up the breading.

Ranch Parmesan Chicken breaded in Panko then baked.

I served this with rice (prepared in my beloved rice cooker)

and a cold salad of salt & vinegar cucumbers with dill (instead of slicing the cucumbers into slices I used a spiral cutter for the cucumbers)

Need more freezer meal ideas? Here’s a recipe for 5-ingredient Pork Chop and Potatoes