Look, if I’m cooking for her on Valentine’s Day, I’ll make something pretty and girly (because it’s all about
her us), but that doesn’t mean that’s what I want for dinner (when it’s all about me us).
What I really want is bacon wrapped meatloaf, but that’s pretty much the opposite of girl food, even though many girls like bacon wrapped meatloaf.
I want a food that’s filling, but won’t leave me bloated and looking for my eating pants. It would also be great to have food that’s quick and easy, so critical energy is saved for other activities (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Bonus points if the food can simmer or be made ahead, so as not to interfere with said activities.
Oh, and no garlic, right?
Enter the meatball
…which is total guy food (chick may not ‘dig ’em’ like guys do, but they tend to eat ’em anyway). Also, on the menu is no salad, but veggies are ok. I chose zucchini and carrots, this time.
Meatballs with steamed zucchini and carrots
1 lb 80% lean ground beef
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
2-3 medium zucchini or 10-12 oz of baby zucchini
2-3 medium carrots or 10-12 oz of baby carrots
salt and pepper to taste
Meatballs – Using your hands, mix the ground beef, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper together. Divide the mixture into 16 portions, and roll them into 16 balls. Place the meatballs in large skillet with a cover, and bring to medium-high heat, shaking the pan and rolling the meatballs periodically until the meatballs are browned all over. Cover the meatballs, and lower the heat to low, simmering them until cooked to desired level of ‘done’ (about 10-15 minutes). Remove from heat and leave covered.
Vegetables – If using full size veggies, cut them into bite size pieces. Place the veggies in a pot with a steamer basket insert and water, and bring water to a boil. Cover and steam for about 5 minutes or until desired level of tenderness. When the veggies are done, toss them with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Serve the meatballs and veggies with mustard and ketchup, if desired.
Dessert is absolutely out of the question!
I’m on a diet.
But I really hope she makes cheesecake.
Cheesecake in a jar
Cheesecake in a jar is nice because it makes single servings simple.
It’s hard to find peaches this time of year, so feel free to use berries or even a jar of gourmet marmalade.
Meatballs and cheesecake.
What could be better?
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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