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Meatballs Base Recipe for Quick & Easy Busy Night Meals!

I am all about keeping life simple, especially in those moments when life is about to teeter out of control. As a busy mom with three active kids, a super busy hubby, consultant work and a business of my own, I know how quick overwhelm can happen.  That is why I am all about making base recipes, like these meatballs, that can be frozen and stored for quick and easy weeknight meals on the go.

All you need is a little time on the weekend, and create these, then label and freeze them for a busy night when time is short and hunger is intense!

Click here to discover all the incredible quick and easy meals you can toss together with these meatballs! 
Cooking with Teresa Online Cookbook & Meal Planner Meatballs


Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings


  • 4 pounds Ground Beef
  • 2 teaspoons Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 4 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 2 cups Bread Crumbs
  • 3 whole Eggs


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, combine mixture until all ingredients are mixed thoroughly.
  • Shape mixture into 1 inch size meat balls. Lay in a single layer on two shallow baking sheets. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Makes approximately 64 meatballs.
  • Set aside 16 meatballs for dinner tonight. Store remaining meatballs in freezer safe bags or containers in three meal size servings.


I have used venison, chicken and turkey with this recipe and each taste great, with some slight variations. 

Venison - add in 1 tablespoon of olive oil or melted butter per pound of meat to prevent the meatballs from getting to dry.  Reduce bread crumbs to 1 cup or 1 1/2 cup as necessary.
Turkey - add in 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil per pound of meat to prevent the meatballs from getting to dry.  Reduce bread crumbs to 1 cup.
Chicken - Increase breadcrumbs by 1/2 cup at a time until you reach the right consistency.

Plan of Action for the Leftovers

  1. Separate meatballs into 4 equal batches and store in freezer safe bags or containers and freeze in 2 cup portions.


  2. Take a few minutes checking out the recipes listed below and choose meals your family will love! Add these meals to your menu planning worksheet.

  3. Give yourself a seriously big high five for kicking butt in the kitchen! Really you deserve it!

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A little bit about Teresa 

Teresa is a Web Designer and Web Design Coach with a long lasting love of food. From healthy and energizing to indulgent decadence there is something for everyone. 


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