Posted on 03/10/2016 15:00 NEWS


We all have that favorite recipe that we love returning to again and again. But what happens when a comfort food favorite takes too much time to be a feasible dinner option during a busy work week?  

If you’re feeling the time strain early fall can sometimes bring on, we have good news – meal prepping can help to alleviate some of the time, and stress, of weeknight cooking.

The best news? Meatballs aren’t just for pasta anymore! In a previous post we discussed some of the more interesting alternatives for cooking up your favorite Uncle Charley’s Meatballs. The versatility of Uncle Charley’s fresh, never frozen, meatballs makes them the perfect option for unique weeknight meals you can prepare in advance. The whole family can enjoy because they are  gluten-free and dairy-free. So no matter if you like them saucy, stewed, or baked, step away from the noodles and get ready to plan a full week of tantalizing evening meals.

Pre-Cook, Then Get Saucy
The staples of a filling dinner are generally simple. Start with a protein, add a starch (if you like), and include a vegetable as a side dish. Using this basic formula, there are hundreds of ways to change flavors and spice up (literally) a simple staple recipe. And with flavorful options like these albóndigas in Red Chile Sauce or this recipe for meatballs and string beans, pre-cooked meatballs can translate into limitless opportunities for a quick evening meal.

Get Baked
Casseroles are a great weeknight option – especially if you take the time to prepare them in advance. Take this recipe for Dump and Bake Meatball Casserole, for example. Simply toss dry pasta, fully-cooked meatballs, marinara sauce and water in a baking dish. When you’re ready, toss it in the oven and get on with your life. Simply sprinkle a little cheese on top before serving.
Crockpot Hacks
Just like casseroles, the crockpot is a busy cook’s best friend when it comes to preparing quick and delicious dinners. Swedish Meatballs are a cinch when you let them simmer throughout the day. And, it doesn’t get easier than letting the perfect Italian Wedding Soup slow cook while you take care of other obligations. Simply combine your ingredients, turn the crock pot on low and forget about it. Dinner has never been easier.

With fresh pre-prepared meatballs, Uncle Charley’s makes it easy to get creative with your weeknight menu. Do you have a favorite pre-prepped recipe that uses meatballs? Share it with us in the comments below!

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