Trader Joe's pre-cooked turkey meatballs are the bomb. I'm never without two or three bags of them in the downstairs freezer. These things have to be terrible for you, the sodium content is probably off the chart. But they are always there when I need them. And when you have four different people with four different ideas for dinner, meatballs are the common thread.
Case in point, tonight. I was wanting soup. Panda and Redman wanted yellow rice with peas. Jeeps pointed out that the bag of kale in the crisper drawer was approaching slimehood and needed to be used.
One soup pot on the back burner. Olive oil. Three carrots scraped and sliced. A can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed. Half a pint of grape tomatoes. Saute all. Add chicken broth. Chopped parsley if you have it. Lower the heat, cover and let it do its thing.
One skillet on the front burner. Olive oil. Five big cloves garlic, minced. Work it. Add half the bag of kale, toss with tongs. Cover and let wilt. Add other half. Salt and pepper. Toss. Cover and let it do its thing.
Third skillet down. Olive oil. Half the bag of pre-cooked meatballs. Brown them.
The stove now looks like this. Jeeps insisted I take the picture so I could prove I wasn't putting three different nights' dinners into one post. As if I would do such a thing.
And now (drum roll), from these three pots and one tupperware from the fridge, I give you dinner:
The kids had meatballs with their yellow rice. Jeeps constructed yellow rice, kale, and meatballs. I dropped meatballs and kale into my soup.
Everyone was happy. And personally, I think mine was best.