Fresh Meal Planning (8/6-8/12)

Welcome back meal planners! Once again, we have another week filled with seven delectable meal ideas that you’re sure to love!  Continue reading “Fresh Meal Planning (8/6-8/12)”

Fresh Meal Planning (1/22-1/28)

Another week, another great meal plan! This week is filled with some nice, hearty meals to fill you up and keep you warm on these chilly winter nights.  Continue reading “Fresh Meal Planning (1/22-1/28)”

Fresh Meal Planning (12/11-12/17)

Fresh Meal Plan

When the weather outside is frightful, these next meals will make you feel delightful! Continue reading “Fresh Meal Planning (12/11-12/17)”

Mini Meatball Meal Solutions

Just add mini meatballs. Mini Meatball dinner solutions.

A meatball so versatile, you can incorporate it into meals, morning – noon – or night! With back to school time here, this is music to the ears! Simek’s Mini Meatballs are designed to deliver you quality, convenience and delicious taste that can be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Knowing that this time of year can be just as stressful as it is fun – with juggling getting the kids on the bus to fitting in homework time after a busy night of after school activities – and serving tasty meals to our families is something we always want to get an A+ in, or even a straight A will do!

We really mean it when we say you can keep your “Dinner Hero” status because mini meatballs can be added to everything from eggs to skillet meals. And when those tummies are grumbling – which seems at times, is all the time – you don’t have to worry about finding a snack to get them through till dinner. Mini meatballs are precooked, so by simply heating them in the microwave, you can add them to your nachos, pizzas, and hoagies in no time – goodbye to the dreaded dinner wait! With a quarter-ounce size, little ones to adults find them perfectly portioned for even items like egg bakes, pizza, nachos, and many more items like the recipes shared below!

While you’re enjoying your Simek’s Mini Meatballs, also check out the Simek’s BIG Mini Giveaway. You could WIN an Mini iPad and Simek’s Mini Meatballs! Click Here for our contest on Twitter from September 6 through September 20, 2014!

Buffalo Mini Meatball Lettuce Wraps

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Buffalo Mini Meatball Lettuce Wraps
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  • 1 pkg. Simek's Mini Turkey Meatballs
  • ½ Cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Onions, chopped
  • 4 Celery Stalks, chopped
  • 3 Oz. Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • 12 Iceberg lettuce leafs (Romaine and Boston/Bibb lettuce are also good options)
  • 1 Cup Shredded Carrots
  1. Cook Simek’s Mini Turkey Meatballs and chopped onions on stovetop until warmed all the way through.
  2. Add a ½ cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and stir until mini meatballs are coated.
  3. Prepare lettuce leafs and place heated meatballs and onions in center of each leaf, followed with crumbled blue cheese, shredded carrots, and chopped celery as garnishes.


Grilled Cheese Mini Meatball Rollups

Grilled Cheese Mini Meatball Rollups Recipe - Fun Twist to a Classic.

Grilled Cheese Mini Meatball Rollups
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  • 1 Pkg. Simek's Mini Beef Meatballs
  • 6 Slices White Bread
  • 6 Slices American cheese
  • 1 T. Butter, melted
  1. Heat Simek’s Turkey Mini Meatballs in a pan until warmed all the way through.
  2. Cut crusts off of bread and roll with rolling-pin to flatten bread.
  3. Place 1 slice of American cheese on each piece of flattened bread, followed by 4 mini meatballs aligned in center.
  4. Roll sides of bread to center to create rollup.
  5. In frying pan place 1 tablespoon of butter and once melted add rollup.
  6. Heat for 5-10 minutes and turn regularly to brown all sides.


Mini Meatball Tortellini Soup

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Mini Meatball Tortellini Soup
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  • 1 Pkg. Simek's Mini Beef Meatballs
  • 1 Bag Frozen Tortellini
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Can Italian Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Block Cream Cheese
  • 3 Cups Baby Spinach
  • Parmesan Cheese Garnish (optional)
  1. In a large crock-pot combine meatballs, tortellini, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, cream cheese, and baby spinach.
  2. Cover and set on low for 5 hours, stirring occasionally.


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January is Soup Month – Italian Tortellini Soup - Italian Tortellini Soup - Family, Friends & Food with Jayne

Well, I really was a party animal for New Year’s Eve.  My husband and I, and very close friends of ours Dave and Joy, went out for dinner.  We had such a wonderful time catching up and sharing all the wonderful memories of 2013.  We arrived home around 10:00 pm and by 10:30 I was sound asleep.  I never even made it to Midnight  My husband said he kissed me and wished me Happy New Year but unfortunately I slept through everything.  I think my age is finally showing but I’m going to try my hardest to hide it.

It’s a new year and I’m really looking forward to new and exciting things for everyone.  It’s January and I believe it is probably the coldest month of the year and it is National Soup Month.  Any soup is one of my favorite meals especially during these next couple of months.  We have had some tough winter days in 2013 but don’t get me wrong, I just love winter and the good old State of Minnesota.  I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.  This state is so beautiful during the winter and all our seasons and I am so proud to be from this state.  The winter activities on the lake are like no others and I can’t wait for my chance to go ice fishing this year.

One of my favorite soups that I like to make for my ice fishing events to share with our friends is Italian Tortellini Soup.

Italian Tortellini Soup
  • 1.5 lbs. Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 Cup Onion, chopped
  • 6 Cups Beef or Chicken Broth
  • 2 Pints Tomatoes with liquid
  • ⅔ Cup Ketchup
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • ¼ cup Parsley, chopped
  • 2 Cups Carrots, sliced
  • 1 Cup Celery, sliced
  • 2 Cups Zucchini, sliced
  • 1 Medium Green Pepper, diced
  • 1 Package Frozen Cheese Tortellini
  • 1 Can Butter Beans
  • To Taste Salt & Pepper
  1. In 5 quart Dutch oven, brown sausage, drain fat; add onions and green pepper and sauté.
  2. Add beef or chicken broth, tomatoes, carrots, celery, ketchup, Italian seasoning and garlic.
  3. Bring to boil, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in zucchini, parsley and tortellini.
  5. Simmer to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Add butter beans at the end.

This recipe is very easy to make and most of the work is just chopping and slicing. It makes a good size batch so it can serve probably 6 to 8 people.  At the very end when all vegetables are tender I add in the can of butter beans and I have to admit I usually add 2 cans just because I love them so much and they really add flavor and texture to this soup.

I’m watching the weather and looking for that perfect winter day with a little sun and temperature of 30 degrees and then watch out fish because here we come.  My friends that I call family usually set up a portable fire pit on the ice, along with food and refreshments, a little snowmobiling and in between the fishing we have our outdoor Minnesota games – and don’t forget the soup to keep us warm.   Enjoy….we will! #WinSoupI just love this soup! I think it’s time to give away a starter kit to kick off  soup season. Simply “Pin” this blog post on Pinterest with #WinSoup for your chance to WIN a Stock Pot, 2 Soup Mugs, Laddle, Chicken Broth and Butter Beans.  One winner to be chosen Monday, February 3, 2014.  Good Luck!

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