Leftover Chili Taco Bowls
This week's lentil chili recipe makes a fantastic base for a healthy weeknight taco bowl!
Meatballs: They are delicious, full of protein, and in this case, they are a great use for leftover pork and sausage in our freezer! I don’t know about you, but we basically never end up needing a whole package of meat, even if we buy the smallest one at the store. It’s always at least a pound and a half – and that is a LOT of meat. So, half of it always ends up in the freezer, and there comes a day when you have the perfect use for it.
Here’s what you need for meatball subs for two:
Okay, so the oven fries aren’t really part of the recipe, but they go great together. They do take longer than the subs to make, so if you do want to make the meal together I’d recommend getting the oven fries in the oven before you even start on the subs, and then by the time you get done with the subs they should be close to ready to go.
These subs are a matter of cooking the separate ingredients, and then assembling them for a quick session in the toaster oven. Start by mixing the two meats with your fingers and forming them into balls. You can really use any ground meat for this – beef and pork, just beef – whatever, but pork is just plain delicious in meatballs and if you eat pork, I’d advise you use at least some in here. It’s fattier than beef and helps the meatballs stick together, too. Or patties, in this case. We thought it’d work better on the sub-style bun. Cook in a skillet, and then remove to a plate with a paper towel on it. Don’t clean the skillet!
Next, add a tiny bit of oil and sautee your mushrooms in the skillet. The mushrooms will absorb the flavors and bits the meats left behind. Add a few cloves of garlic, and when they are all close to being done, add the chopped tomatoes. Let the tomatoes simmer while most of the water cooks out of them. Season with salt, pepper, and whatever else you’d like to add.
While the sauce is finishing, slice your sandwich buns, cover the insides with mozzarella and pop them in the toaster oven to start melting and toasting. After the bread is showing just a little brown, take them out and add the meatballs and the tomato/mushroom sauce, and then put it all back in the toaster oven long enough to bring everything to the same temperature. By now your oven fries will be about done.
Plate, turn on some Modern Family and enjoy! That’s what we did, anyway. My personal favorite time ever was when Phil was doing the Julia Child voice, meanwhile Jay was trying to hide tears for his mom under onion goggles.