Meatballs (with potato wedges) in home made tomato sauce

When I was working in Makati, I did my best to wake up as early as I could to cook my baon (packed lunch). Aside from it saved me money it gave me free rein with how the dish would look, taste and fare in quantity i.e. will I cook just for myself or will it be good for sharing within a small group (sentiments outlined here).

One of the dishes I adored was this meatball (100% beef of course!) dish in my “home made” spicy tomato sauce. Simple and yummy.

Ingredients:

For the meatballs:

  1. Ground beef
  2. Minced garlic
  3. Salt and pepper

For the home made tomato sauce:

  1. Tomato
  2. Basil
  3. Garlic
  4. Onion
  5. Paprika
  6. Cayenne pepper
  7. Water
  8. Sat and pepper (sugar, optional)

Add on – potato (wedges)

Procedure:

  1. Mix all the meatball ingredients. One tip is to test how the meat tastes by frying a small amount of meatball. Adjust taste to your own liking. Fry all the meatballs made then set to room temperature.
  2. Cut your potato (or potatoes) into wedges and fry. While hot, season with some salt and pepper.
  3. For the sauce, saute onion and garlic. Then add the tomato and the basil. Dust some paprika and cayenne pepper. Stir. Add some water and bring to a boil/reduce. Season with salt and pepper (optional: sugar for umami).
  4. Once the tomato has wilted and the sauce has thickened a bit, add the meatballs and potatoes.
  5. Simmer for some 5-10 minutes then serve.
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Meatballs with potato wedges in home made tomato sauce

This is absolutely good for sharing! If you had enough of all the meatball boredom, I suggest you have this served. Oh, and you can top it with some grated cheese too. How good is that?

~Photo taken using my now missing Olympus point and shoot digital camera.

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Healthy and filling!

I can not live without my dose of protein. I miss my meat badly.

I miss my veggies too though not as much as I long for protein but there sure is a huge gap if I lack one or the other.

My combo meal is meat + vegetable + carbohydrates (bread and/or rice though of course I prefer the latter more).

The other day, I had a healthy and filling lunch which I would like to share here:

(Beef) meatballs with buttered veggies and rice.
(Beef) meatballs with buttered veggies and rice.

Meatballs:

Ground beef

Salt

Pepper

Panko breadcrumbs

Minced garlic

Buttered veggies:

Chayote

Carrots

String Beans

Salt

Cayenne Pepper

Butter

Easy Peasy!

Mix all the ingredients of the meatballs and fry them in a hot pan. As for the veggies, bring water to a boil, add salt, drop the carrots first, then the chayote then the string beans.

Once the veggies colors are vibrant/cooked, put butter. Sprinkle cayenne pepper on top.

As for the meatballs, of course your recipe may be different from mine but for this recipe those are what I used.

I swear by the taste and how filling my lunch was. OMG.

My kind of thing! By the way, did I mention that of course, this is a very affordable dish? If you have pantry ingredients (say the veggies are just in your crisper and you have butter too!) then this sure is a big hit.