13 Minute Dinner – Spaghetti & Meatballs

Happy March!! March means Spring is around the corner and our family vacation is almost here! But until I can drink a Miami Vice on South Beach, our little family needs to get healthy. Our little one has a double ear infection and Mama and Dada are doing everything in our powers to avoid getting sick. It doesn’t help that she did a nice big wet sneeze all over my face this morning…the joys of motherhood.

I was feeling pretty crummy last night and didn’t feel like putting a ton of time or effort into cooking dinner. But I also wanted to make sure what we were having was not only yummy but healthy. Although I’ve been posting lots of bread recipes, I’ve been working on avoiding gluten as it seems to help manage my weird joint pains. So until I see the rheumatologist and figure out what’s going on, being a gluten minimalist is my new jam.

This isn’t a fancy homemade recipe. It’s a few simple pantry items, some fresh ingredients you can pick up during your weekly grocery trip, and a little bit of time.

Spaghetti and Meatballs with Salad

Ingredients for Pasta:

1 Package of Thin Rice Noodles (Gluten Free)

1 Jar of your favorite Tomato Sauce

1 Package of Aidells Meatballs  (Gluten Free)

Basil and Parmesan Cheese for Garnish

Ingredients for Salad:

Spinach

Radishes

Cucumber

Cherry Tomatoes

Red Onion

Olive Oil

Balsalmic

Salt & Pepper

Directions

Step 1. Pour yourself a glass of wine.

Fill your water kettle and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, in a sauce pan sizz up your meatballs in olive oil for about 3-4 minutes on medium heat. Add the sauce to the pan and simmer.

Meanwhile, in a separate bowl prepare your salad. Start with spinach as your base. Peel and chop the cucumber. Slice the radishes. Dice the tomatoes into quarters. Add some slivers of red onion. Top with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic. Sprinkle of salt  & pepper.Place the noodles in a large bowl and add the boiling water. Let sit for 3 minutes. Drain the noodles. Add the sauce and meatballs. Stir to incorporate. Add the basil and parmesan for garnish.

Once your water has come to a boil, place the noodles in a large bowl and add the boiling water. Let sit for 3 minutes. Drain the noodles. Add the sauce and meatballs. Stir to incorporate. Add the basil and parmesan for garnish.

Voila. Dinner is done. Like I said, it’s nothing fancy. But sometimes you just need a good, healthy, simple dinner to feed your family.

 

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