This week, I’m sharing 2 fabulous (and EASY) meatball recipes, along with gorgeous marble kitchen tools (and marriage advice from Dr. Joe Beam).
Marble Kitchen Stands I’m Loving
For hard to buy gifts, a marble kitchen stand could be the ticket. Anyone who cooks is likely to use (and love) a white marble accessory to prop a cookbook or a tablet. Because I cook often and use both cookbooks and my iPad, I have two stands (below).
Cookbook Holder: Because I am a cookbook junkie, I was thrilled to find a gorgeous and functional white marble cookbook holder here at William’s-Sonoma. It is beautiful, and it has a clear acrylic shield to hold the book open and prevent splatters. The cookbook holder is more suited for cookbooks. I use a separate marble stand for my iPad.
iPad Holder: When I access online recipes while cooking, I use this inexpensive but beautiful marble cookbook stand from West Elm. I’ve gotten tons of direct messages from my instagram followers wanting these links. The short video below shows both of these marble stands in my kitchen and how I use them differently.
My Favorite Cheesy Meatball Melt
My favorite easy, low-carb, insanely yummy cheesy meatball melt was a hit on my instagram stories last week. I got so many DM’s from viewers asking me to repost the recipe. It is SO easy, I share the steps and my actual instagram story video below. Note: this is an instagram video, so it is very “primitive” and not edited. But it shows how to make the meatball dish:-)
- 2 packages The Flying Meatballs
- 1 jar Rao's Homemade Marinara (I used Costco size)
- 1 small spaghetti squash
- 1 carton Burrata cheese
- Fresh parmesan = rind optional
- olive oil or EVOO spray
- salt, garlic salt, ground pepper, GHEE to season
- Microwave meatballs per box instructions.
- Transfer meatballs to slow cooker.
- Add Rao's marinara and parmesan rind (optional).
- Cook on low 2-3 hours or high 1 hour.
- Cut spaghetti squash in half; scrape out seeds.
- Spray or brush with EVOO; sprinkle with salts and ground pepper.
- Lay cut side down on greased aluminum baking sheet.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes; rake squash from shells with fork.
- Squeeze excess liquid from squash; place in bowl.
- Season with ghee; add more seasonings to taste.
- Set aside until ready to use.
- Put a layer of spaghetti squash in shallow serving dish.
- Place meatballs atop spaghetti squash.
- Spoon marinara over meatballs.
- Cut Burrata cheese and place over meatballs.
- Place dish under broiler; remove when cheese melts.
The Flying Meatballs are not cooked, so I always microwave them per box and then cook further in the slow cooker to ensure they are completely done.
My Favorite 3-Ingredient Meatball Appetizer
If you want an easy appetizer for your next holiday gala, try my 3-Ingredient Apricot Glazed Party Meatballs. I use frozen meatballs (Trader Joe’s are my fave), and am very partial to one brand of apricot preserves:-)
Tip: My favorite appliance for making these is this stainless casserole crock. The lid locks for easy transport to a party, and the meatballs can be kept warm until serving.
Marriage Q & A with Dr. Joe Beam
This week on The SavvyCast podcast, Dr. Joe Beam answered 3 questions relating to marriage. Here’s a general idea of what he addresses:
- How do I handle a spouse who calls constantly, checks up on me, and berates me if I am not home on time (and basically treats me like a child instead of a spouse)?
- My spouse and I are separated. He wants to continue having sex so that he will not be tempted to stray; I find this awkward but want to do the right thing. Advice?
- My husband and I have been married for 2 years (no children). He still goes to bars at night with his single friends, even though I’ve told him this bothers me. What do I do?