Thursday, February 19, 2009

Dinner, Magazines, and Paint

Look what came today! Two of my favorite magazines ~ Early American Life and Country Sampler. How fun to see them both in my mailbox waiting for me!I haven't had time to sit down and look through them very well yet. I will do that tonight. I made a yummy dinner from The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook tonight. It was so delicious and good for you, so I thought I'd share the recipes. The first recipe is for the sandwiches, the second is the meatballs for the sandwiches, and the third recipe is for the sauce.
Meat Lovers Must-Have family Sized Meatball Parmesan Sub
1(8 oz.) whole wheat or multi grain baguette (I used individual wheat sub rolls)
New favorite Meatballs ( recipe below )
1 1/2 cups Main Event Marinara Sauce ( recipe below )
1 1/2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 F
Cut a piece of foil a couple inches longer than the baguette. Turn the baguette on it's side and cut the entire length, not cutting all the way through, as you would cut a roll to make a sandwich. Wrap the baguette in foil so it is completely covered.Place the baguette in the oven to warm, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile in a medium nonstick saucepan over low heat or in a large microwave safe bowl or dish in the microwave, reheat the meatballs in the sauce until hot.
Unwrap the baguette.Spoon the warm meatballs and sauce into the baguette. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cut crosswise into four equal sandwiches.

New Favorite Meatballs
Olive oil spray or Olive Oil
2 egg whites
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/4 cup skim milk
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1/2 teaspoon dries oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 pound lean ground beef
Preheat the oven to 400F.Lightly coat a large nonstick baking sheet with the olive oil spray. In a medium bowl, using a fork, mix together the egg whites,oats, and milk until well combined.
Make 32 meatballs, each about 1 1/4 " diameter.Roll the balls with your hands and arrange, not touching on the prepared baking sheet. bake for 7 - 10 minutes or until no longer pink inside.

Main Event Marinara Sauce
Olive oil spray
1 cup minced yellow or white onion
2 tablespoons freshly minced garlic
1(28 oz.) can of crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon dried oregano
2 teaspoons dried basil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
salt, to taste(optional)
Spray a medium nonstick saucepan with the olive oil spray and place over medium heat.Add the onion and garlic and cook until just becoming tender(they should not brown ), 4 to 6 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and with wooden spoon stir in the tomatoes, water, tomato paste,honey, oregano, basil, and pepper flakes until well combined. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for at least one hour. Season with salt if needed.
This Biggest Loser Cookbook is great ! There are so many good, easy recipes. I got it at Border's but it is also on Amazon and I saw it at Target too..

I also have a couple things that I have repainted to show you. Here is a gathering I put together. I painted the box, candlestick, and scoop Olde Ivory and the used Bri wax to darken them up a little. I added some Sweet Annie, Cinnamon vanilla soap bars, coffee stained cheese cloth, and a little bowl I painted brown.

This candle ledge used to be black and I painted it Old Ivory and then used Bri wax on it also. I like it so much better. Now the black tin candle holder stands out more. I found this at Goodwill last summer for .99 ~ great deal !

That's all for tonight. I think I will go make some coffee and look at my new magazine's. Have a great night !


basketsnprims said...

I love all of the stuff that you have painted. They came out just wonderful.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love your redos...I have that old ivory paint hmmmmm:)I'll to take a look around and see what I can find!

Stellar Creations said...

Wow.. those turned out great. I love it all. Did you make the soaps?


Janene said...

Gotta love that Briwax! It is awesome stuff!
Strong smelling...but awesome!
I am in love with your candle holder...Prim and wonderful! What more could you want?!

Never So Simple said...

I love everything. Do you make your own cinnamon soap? I love the old ivory paint with the wax. I love black but I don't like everything so dark. Is there a certain brand of paint and wax you use?


Lisa said...

WOW - That food looks delicious and your prim goodies look GREAT. I am gonna have to get me some of that Briwax and try it out. Did you make your soap?

Thanks for sharing!!

Kimberly said...

Good lookin grits! I just bought a Biggest Loser cookbook, not sure if it is the same one? I'm looking forward to trying something out of it!

Have a great night, Kimberly

(I'm going to get your flowers cut tomorrow for your sleeves. The girls are off school so we're going to make a day of it.)

marie said...

I love your box gathering!! The colors are so great together ~ the soaps bars jsut add so much to it! Love the old ivory paint!

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...


The meatball sandwich recipe looks wonderful!

I love the prim gathering you put together! I really do love the looks of Olde Ivory on the candleholder too! Is that an Olde Century color? I was also wondering if you made the soap!


Tins and Treasures said...

Cute bunny from the post below...Yes, I often want to keep some of the items I create...

Enjoy your magazines. Take care, Natalie

Yankee Ridge Primitives said...

I love how those all turned out. Is it acrylic paint youre using? Your sandwich recipe looks so yummy, even at 6am, ha!!

Anonymous said...

I loved how you painted everything. What brand is the Olde Ivory paint and where do you get Bri wax? I would like to try my hand at painting some things, since I have seen yours.

Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

LOVE your gathering! You should make more and sell them - it is as nice as 1892's!! Great job!! I can't wait to get my issue of CS. I am sure I'll be the last one as usual!

Have a great weekend and enjoy your reading. hugs, Linda

Mandy said...

I love sitting down with a new magazine - especially with coffee!

Your redos are great and your meal is making me hungry. I think I'll go start supper now!


The Sweetest Things said...

hi , I love the food looks great and the things you've painted too they turned out great. Love your blog. Have a blessed day. Hugs

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