Monday, April 27, 2009

Dinner is served! With a Giveaway...

EDIT: Seriously, I couldn't make this stuff up if I wanted to...

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According to my handy dandy spreadsheet (in order to make sure everyone got their extra entries) the winners would be my partners in crime this week - Denise and Brandy! OMG!


Last week I was complaining about my lack of a meal plan and how quickly we went to "Plan B" everyday - eating out.

Not exactly what I had in mind for "Plan B".

I asked for inspiration and found it. Not only did you guys share with me, but I received a package in the meal guaranteed to get the juices flowing.


Country Bob's sent me two bottles of their signature All Purpose sauce to review. Immediately I read through the recipe book, then hopped online to check out even more recipes.

Let me tell you, when they say "all purpose" they really mean it! You can use this sauce on beef, pork, chicken, soups, stews and even snacks.

Since I had over 12 pounds of ground beef in my fridge (Props to Kroger!) I decided to try their Meatball recipe. Now, I DO have a standby recipe for meatballs that involves chopping fresh garlic and onions, that's good. Very good in fact, but it's also a little time consuming because of the preparation.

Let me introduce you to Country Bob's (easy, no chopping) Meatball recipe:

Here's what you need:

3 lbs. ground beef
2 eggs
1/2 cup Country Bob's All Purpose sauce
1 envelope onion soup mix
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Salt & Pepper
Spaghetti sauce

Mix all ingredients together. Form into golf ball sized balls. Brown in pan. Add Spaghetti sauce and simmer under done.

I served mine over whole wheat spaghetti noodles with a healthy green salad. It was delicious! And way cheaper than going out to eat.

From start to finish it only took me 30 minutes to put dinner on the table. I can honestly say I was very impressed with the overall flavor of the meatballs. Combined with the ease of the recipe, I'm putting this one at the top of my list.

Onto the giveaway portion of this post...

Country Bob's has offered to give two bottles of their All Purpose sauce to TWO of my readers. That's right, not one but TWO readers will receive their very own Country Bob package.

For your first entry all you have to do is leave a comment sharing your favorite summer food/recipe with me. (This is required!)

For a second entry, follow me and leave me a comment to let me know you are stalking following me.

For THREE extra entries, blog about this contest linking back to my post, and then leave me a comment to let me know you did.

Now for the fine print:

This giveaway ends on Monday May 4th @ 12 PM EST. I must have a way to contact you (blog, or email) or your entry will be deleted. The winners have 48 hours from the end of the giveaway to contact me with their mailing address.


April said...

My fav summer recipe is simple. Steak and potatoes.
For the steak, we prepare it with Adolfs meat tenderizer, salt, pepper, garlic salt, then stab it a million times and then soke it in worchershire (sp?) sauce. Then just bake the potatoes like normal.
I always love your giveaways!

Angie H. said...

I would love to win this... I need all the help I can get for "quick and easy" ways to feed my family.
My favorite summer recipe it:
Baked fish (toaster over)with baked potato (micro wave) and green salad. 30 mins. quick and easy, does not heat up the house and all 3 of my kids love it.

Already of follower... enter me in that for a 2nd chance :)
Angie H.
Soso, MS

Living It, Loving It said...

I have been stalking your blog. Where have you been! Summer recipes? Anything that comes off the grill is a summer recipe. And ribs on the grill, I better get my walking shoes on. And to make you even happier, I will post a link back your Crazy Country Bob's giveway.


The Royal Family said...

whip creme
cottege cheese
mandarine oranges
pinapple bits
a dry packet of orange jello flavoring..

Mix and Gobble up!

yummmmmm now I want spagehetti...

The Royal Family said...

I stalk you.

Denise said...

Recipe? Girl, have you seen me? I don't eat! Not buying it? Okay. hmm... I have lots of favorites but one that I ONLY make in the summer is pasta salad and it's easy cheesy. I cook one package of rotini noodles, the mixed color kind (it has regular pasta, spinach pasta and I can't remember what the red one is.) When it's boiled I drain and rinse in cold water. I generously add Italian dressing. I add black olives and sometimes cherry tomatoes and chill. Before serving I add Parmesan cheese. Yum. Now I'm hungry.

Denise said...

I'm peeking in your window right now.

Devilish Southern Belle said...

Mmmm...we LOVE Country Bob's here!

I'll have to come back later with a recipe....I'm drawing a blank at the moment.

Tammy Howard said...

We love my hubby's grandma's potato salad. It's done by proportions, so take it up or down, depending on the amount of people you want to feed. For 4 people:

4 yukon gold potatoes, peeled, diced and boiled
4 eggs, hard boiled (I throw them in with the potatoes), diced
4 heaping Tablespoons of mayonnaise
4 dill pickle spears, finely diced

I mix the mayo and pickles together while the eggs and potatoes cook and add the potatoes to this while they are still very hot.

Tammy Howard said...

I follow you!

mommaof4wife2r said...

super delish! and my fam fav summer recipe is kabobs of any sort...meat with green pepper chunks, onion chunks, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant...all soaked in italian dressing and skewered then grilled. yummy!!!

Carrie said...

Grill + food = favorite summer recipe.


mommaof4wife2r said...

and somehow i wasn't already following you...and now i am. wooo hooo! and ta da! new stalker!

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

This recipe looks DELISH!

My favorite for summer? Other than steaks, I love barbecued ribs that have been slow cooked (in beer!) in the oven for a couple of hours before throwing them on the grill and slathering on the bbq sauce. With corn on the cob. Because you should get all of your messy finger foods done at one time.

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

I'm pretty sure I already follow you, but I'll go check and make sure. :)

Anonymous said...

looks great im glad living it loving it told me of your blog

Christina said...

Ooooh.... I love meatballs. Even better on a sub too!

Be sure to come by my blog..
I got something for you.

Jen said...

that looks like a great meal and some awesome sauce. please count me in.

Candice said...

I love anything light in the summer. Think yummy salads with something fresh off the grill. Steamed veggies, corn on the cobb, baked potato. . . All of those things scream summer to me.

BTW, I already follow you. :)

Fresh Mommy said...

Ohhh sounds good... and inspiring to me!! Haha.

We love easy burritos:
1lb ground meat browed with taco seasoning. In the pan add 1 can corn, 1 can black beans and some cooked brown rice. Serve on warmed tortillas with cheese... yum!


Lula! said...

Would you believe that I've never made meatballs? Ever. But these look fantastic.

Favorite summer foods?
Anything on the grill. Such as:

A bunch of shrimp
A Bunch of melted butter (at least a stick)
A bunch of fresh garlic, minced
A bunch of worcestershire sauce
A bunch of fresh lemon juice (from about 3 or 4 lemons)
A bunch of thinly sliced lemons.

Fill a 9x13 casserole with shrimp.

Mix butter, garlic, lemon juice, and worcestershire sauce. Pour over shrimp.

Top with sliced lemons.

Bake at 400 degrees fro about 15-20 minutes.

BEST SHRIMP EVER!!! Promise you.

(Sorry for not listing precise measurements--I only measure when baking.)

Jennifer said...

hey girl.... i'm baaaaaaaaaaaack!! :)

how have you been??? i've been MIA I know... sorry. but i'm making some rounds today before taking Trevor to school.

the meatballs sound really yummy... too bad I feed a bunch of PICKY eaters and NO ONE but me and maybe Lauren would eat them... ugh. what weenies!! lol

My favorite summer recipe is really EASY!!!! you use keilbasa, canned or fresh pineapple and skewers, that's it! :) you cut the keilbasa into coin pieces, and you chunk up the pineapple, unless you are using it from the can, then it's already chunked ~ then you layer it on the skewer! and BBQ!! It is awesome. sweet and a little salty and just really EASY and yummy and most of all PERFECT for SUMMER!! :)

the end! (lol)

well gotta run, time to get the kids ready and out the door.

have a great day!!


PS i'll be back to read more of your blog and also check out some of the recipes people are leaving you... we are in a dinner time slump here too... chicken, chicken and more chicken... gawd... how much can you eat before yuo are what you eat??? lol

Jennifer said...

********** and i already STALK YOU!! :)


Anonymous said...

my fav summer recipe is one from my mom
ambrosia dip:
Ambrosia Fruit Dip

1 8oz cream cheese (room temp)
1 cup plain low fat yogurt
1tsp vanilla extract
1tsp grated lemon,and orange rind
1pks of equal sweetener
Blend together cream cheese and yogurt until smooth
Stir in the remaining ingredients,cover and chill for at least two hrs before serving.
You can serve this with your fave fruit i just happen to use Strawberries,Bananas,Apples,Grapes,and Pineapples.

This is a great recipe for summer gatherings of good friends and great times.

Anonymous said...

sorry thats 14 pks of the sweetner

Veggie Mom said...

I love burgers on the grill. The recipe is simple.

For 4 folks, just combine:
2 lbs. ground beef
A dash or 2 of Mrs. Dash (any flavor...we like the spicy kinds)
About a half-cup of bbq sauce. Or in this case, I'd use Country Bob's.
Mix, shape into patties, slap 'em on the grill, and top with cheese.

BTW, wanted to remind you that today is Uncle Lynn's birthday, and I'm running a one-day POPrs giveaway to celebrate. Please come by!

Too Many Hats said...

I love grilled steak - just a little salt and pepper is enough or you can go more fancy. Serve with a bowl of fresh melon and I am good to go. In the summer especially, I like simplicity and cooking outdoors.

Living It, Loving It said...

I blogged about this.

*~Dani~* said...

My favorite summer recipe is actually my mother's shrimp and crab salad which involves:

elbow macaroni
imitation krab
marzetti's dressing


*~Dani~* said...

And I follow you on my Reader :)

katers2714 said...

My favorite summer recipie is strawberry shortcake. I get the premade hortcake shells from hostess, fresh strawberries, and fat free cool whip. Put it all together and you have my favorite summertime treat.

Anonymous said...

My favorite summer recipe really isn't a recipe. It's fruit salad. Cut up all kinds of fresh fruit, chill and serve.

Bananas, apples, grapes, citrus, peaches, pears, etc.

So yummy!

cksknitter said...

My favorite summer recipe is Stawberry Spinach Salad:
1 bunch spinach, rinsed
10 large strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
In a large bowl, mix the spinach and strawberries.
In a blender, place the sugar, salt, vinegar, and oil, and blend until smooth. Stir in the poppy seeds. Pour over the spinach and strawberries, and toss to coat.

Amanda said...

My favorite summer recipe is cold fruit salad. Just mix a bowl whatever fruits you and your family like and add some sugar and it's done. Love it!