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Grammy’s Porcupine Balls

My grandmother had her hands full raising six kids in the 1950s and ’60s, so a lot of her cooking was very simple. (Though her spaghetti sauce recipe is a family favorite.) Dad also remembers her making these meatballs, studded with rice and served with a simple tomato sauce.


Guy’s Sheet Pan Mini Meat Loaves & Roasted Veggies

Guy did some solo parenting while I was on a recent business trip, and he had zero problems getting dinner on the table. For this dish, he made four mini meat loaves seasoned with barbecue sauce and surrounded by broccoli, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, and green beans.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes

Teriyaki Meatballs

The meat mixture from my mom’s teriyaki burgers is delicious formed into meatballs, browned, and then cooked in a teriyaki sauce. Serve with brown rice.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 40 minutes

Beef & Black Bean Chipotle Chili

This hearty and satisfying stew comes together in 30 minutes and is perfect topped with diced avocado.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 30 minutes

Brian’s Southwestern Soup

Ground beef and pantry staples turn out a fantastic soup in 45 minutes.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings Total time: 45 minutes

Joi’s Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Grape jelly and chili sauce form the sauce for these delicious appetizers.

Yield: 36 meatballs Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Dean’s Taco Soup

Ground beef and pantry staples like canned corn, pinto beans, Rotel, and seasoning mixes make this soup an easy weeknight dinner.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 1 hour

Mexican Meatball Soup

Rice cooks right inside these beef meatballs. With thinly sliced celery and carrots, salsa, corn, and cheese, this soup is a delicious, quick meal.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour

Beefy Spaghetti Soup

From browning the ground beef to cooking the spaghetti noodles, this soup is made entirely in the microwave. The carrots and green beans add a serving of veggies to a kid-friendly meal.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes

Grammy’s Spaghetti Sauce & Mom’s Meatballs

This combination of my grandmother’s recipe for spaghetti sauce and my mother’s meatball recipe is a family treasure and a Christmas Eve tradition – whether we’re together or apart, we always have spaghetti and meatballs.

The sauce, which simmers in the slow cooker all day, starts with garlic warmed in olive oil and includes a distinctive scent of celery seed. Bread, eggs, and Parmesan cheese make the meatballs tender. Brown them and add them to the sauce in the last 30 minutes.

Yield: 10 servings Total time: 8 hours