Friday, October 1, 2010

Quick and Easy 'Back-to-School' Dinner for Busy Parents

The summer has come to a close and most kids are back at school. Parents will be swamped between running kids from after school activities to soccer practice/dance class then getting dinner prepared can add more stress to the day. Quaker Maid would like to help parents out this school year by offering a couple of quick and easy recipes.



Easy Meatball Dinner

One 15 oz. can whole potatoes, drained, rinsed, cut into chunks

1 cup chopped onions

14.5 oz. beef broth

32 oz. tomato sauce

1 cup water

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

12 oz. frozen mixed vegetables

Approx. 15 oz. meatballs.



In a large saucepan, combine potatoes, onions, beef broth, tomato sauce, water, Italian seasoning, pepper and vegetables. Bring to a boil on stovetop. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes. Add meatballs, cover and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.



Meatball Pitas

1 package of Mama Lucia Italian Style Meatballs

8 small pita breads

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1 cup cubed feta cheese

1⁄2 cup chopped black olives

1⁄2 cup chopped shredded lettuce

1⁄2 cup chopped onion

1⁄4 cup parmesan cheese grated

1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon of oregano

Heat the meatballs on the stove top with red pepper flakes and oregano. Heat the pita breads in the oven on low heat until warm. Once heated, place 2-3 meatballs in each pita bread. Top with feta, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses. As cheese begin to melt, top off with lettuce, onion and black olives. Serve “taco style” for a snack or main meal.

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