Thursday, December 8, 2011

Meatballs

by Meghann on December 8, 2011

This is one of those meals that I wished photographed well because it was so freaking good.

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Of course, it’s hard for anything that’s covered in a rich cheese, cream, and butter sauce not to be good, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

It all started with a pound of ground pork that I seasoned with fennel, fresh parsley, oregano, salt and pepper, and flax seed then formed in pretty little meatballs.   

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The meatballs went in a super hot pan to brown with some onion and zucchini.

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Looking good meatballs!

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The meatballs were originally meant to be covered in marinara sauce, but I hadn’t realized Derek had already used the last of the marinara sauce until the meatballs were almost done. Dratz.

So I stood in front of the fridge for a few minutes looking for a decent replacement. My Dad used to make a homemade alfredo sauce that I thought I could replicate with what I had on hand.

I removed the meatballs and veggies from the pan and got to work.

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My dad’s sauce was rich, rich, rich with heavy whipping cream, a whole container of parmesan cheese, and lots and lots of butter. I had none of those things – well, I had butter – so I improvised. I melted about 2 tablespoons of butter in the pan and added a big handful of fresh parsley, the last half of a bag of shredded italian cheese, and a cup or so of milk. I brought the sauce to a semi boil while whisking the cheese until it was all blended together.

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Once the cheese was melted I brought back to a medium-low and added the meatballs and veggies back to the pan.

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The sauce was still very rich, but also very tasty. It was the perfect saucy topping for the ravioli I had already set aside for dinner.

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Meh. I’m just sorry I couldn’t get a better photo of it. Trust me, it tasted better than it photographed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Random homemade sauce for the win! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dessert was a dark chocolate bar.

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Earlier this afternoon I snacked on a blueberry muffin crown.

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I zoned out in work at Starbucks (and spent way too much time updating my Travels page) before finally heading the gym close to 6:00 for my skipped speed session from this morning. I did not want to run. I kept telling myself I only had 5x400s and it would be over in 30 minutes tops. I found a christmas movie on the Hallmark channel and just ran.

I warmed up at 6.0 for .5 miles then toggled between 8.5 and 6.0 at .25 until I had a total of 5 .25s under my belt. Then cooled down with 6.0 for a final .5.

I was surprised how great my legs felt at 8.5, it was as if I was flying during each set. Man, speedwork feels good. It’s one of those things you know is going to hurt, so you don’t want to start, but once you start and finish it’s awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚

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