Monday, August 27, 2007

Recipe Roundup: 30-Minutes Or Less

One of the many things I've learned during my first year as a stay-at-home is that you don't suddenly get more time in your day to cook. Between picking up after a busy preschooler and keeping various appointments, there are days I simply forget to throw something in the crockpot for supper. Because the last thing we I want in this house is yet another delivery pizza night, I've been searching for quick and easy 30-minute meals.

I found the following recipe for Speedy Swedish Meatballs in "Semi-Homemade Cooking," by Sandra Lee. I made some adjustments to her recipe because I think her version uses unnecessary amounts of fats. And you know what? The recipe still tastes wonderful. If you're curious about what the final product looks like, visit Just Mom Cooking.

By the way, after you've taken a look at the recipe, scroll down to the fabulous giveaway we've got in store for you, courtesy of Practically Necessary.

Recipe Roundup @ Multi-Tasking Moms

Speedy Swedish Meatballs

1/4 C. vegetable oil
2 pounds frozen beef meatballs (for our family of 2 1/2, one bag would have been enough)
2 T. all-purpose flour
1 14-oz. can reduced-sodium beef broth
1 1/2 C. whole milk (I used 1 C. skim milk and 1/2 C. 2% milk because that's what we have in our house)
1/4 C. sour cream (I used non-fat sour cream)
1 pkg. (8.8 oz.) egg noodles (I used No-Yolk brand)

1) Heat oil in a heavy large skillet over medium high heat. Add meatballs and cook until brown, about 8 minutes. Transfer meatballs to a bowl.

2) Add flour to skillet and cook 1 minute, scraping up browned bits from bottom of skillet. Stir in broth and milk.

3) Return meatballs to skillet. Simmer until liquid thickens, about 5 minutes.

4) Remove skillet from heat. Stir in sour cream.

5) Cook noodles ina pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm. Drain.

6) Transfer noodles to a large bowl. Spoon meatballs and sauce over noodles. Serve immediately.

Now it's your turn. Share one of your favorite recipes that you use when you need to make supper in 30 minutes or less. Just use Mr. Linky to link to your blog. If you don't have a blog, share your recipe in the comments section.

****Another Awesome Sponsor***

Kerry at Practically Necessary is sponsoring this Recipe Roundup and is giving away this beautiful hand-crafted apron to one lucky multi-tasking mom. (Sorry, MTM contributors, we're still not eligible for all the wonderful prizes.)

Front view

Closeup of pocket

To enter, just leave a comment by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 2. Winner will be announced on Monday, September 3.

Good luck!


Amber said...

Sounds good! I need to try this, I love Sandra Lee!

0:) Amber

Anonymous said...

That sounds yummy!

I'd love to win that apron!! Count me in.

Kay in PA said...

What a cool looking apron! (do I dare try for two prizes in a row?) ;)

Summer said...

That recipe sounds yummy. And I LOVE that apron!

Christy said...

That is so cool. I'd love to be in the drawing.

Christy at

Lesha said...

Sounds great!

Lori said...

MMMNN! We love meatballs at our home. I'm going to have to try this recipe.

What a neat apron.

Momma Roar said...

I don't have a recipe posted but saw this one on everday food this weekend on pbs - 10 min prep time and 5 min in the microwave! I can't wait to try it!

Lemon-Horseradish Sole

3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons prepared white horseradish
¾ teaspoon Dijon mustard
4 sole fillets (6 ounces each)
Coarse salt
Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)

In a small bowl, stir together butter, parsley, lemon zest and juice, horseradish, and mustard.

Season both sides of fillets with salt; lay, flat side up, on a clean work surface. Reserve 2 teaspoons butter mixture; dividing evenly, spread remaining butter mixture on top of fillets. Fold fillets in half crosswise, enclosing butter mixture.

Place folded fillets in a 9-inch microwave-safe dish with a tight-fitting lid. Top with reserved butter mixture, dividing evenly. Cover; microwave on high until fish is just cooked through, about 5 minutes.

To serve, place fillets on plates, and spoon juices from dish over fillets; garnish with lemon wedges, if desired.

Per serving: 235 calories; 10.7 grams fat; 32.3 grams protein; 1 gram carbohydrates; 0.3 gram fiber

lace said...

I have enjoyed reading your site for the last couple of weeks.

What a great looking apron. I would love to win this apron. I would probably not be able to wear it because I would not be able to get it off my niece who loves to help cook.

Jason and Caryn said...

I love the apron! So cute!

Myrna said...

That recipe sounds good, and not too difficult or time consuming. Enter me!

Julie said...

Wow - what a neat giveaway - this looks very cute. Thanks for the giveaway.


jessica said...

Yum! Hey pick me for the contest, never enough aprons!

Jessica said...

oops, forgot to leave me contact...
mom2maria at yahoo dot com

AshleyR said...

I would love to win that apron! Enter me Please!!

Lucy said...

Cute apron!

lifeasamama said...

oh! please enter me!

Tracy said...

Please enter me. I don't have any "half" aprons, and this one is adoraBLE!

Sarah said...

How cute, and stylish! I need an apron, too!

Jessie said...

I *heart* aprons! My Great-Grandmother used to wear them and I wanted to be just like her (she raised me) and to this day I still wear them - glad to see that they are coming back into style! This beauty would be well loved at our home :)

On Fire For Jesus said...

How fun! Please enter me!


Amy said...

What a cute blog you have! I stumbled upon you from a link in another blog.

That's a cute apron too! It would be a wonderful addition to my collection! ;)

Anonymous said...

so cute :)

EmilyD said...

I like the apron and I want to enter the contest.

Anonymous said...

Oooh, I love this apron!! Enter me, please.

Darcy knotty Knitter said...

The apron reminds me of my grandmother she always wore aprons that were similar I miss her so much.Please enter me in the giveaway.Darcy Watts Airforce Wife and mother of 4 and grandmother of 1 cute little boy;)

Doreen said...

Yah! Sounds great....I don't own an apron actually!! LOL