Looking for easy summer meals that are quick to prepare, don’t heat up the house, and that satisfy appetites after a long, hard day of play? Meatballs are the answer. Summer dinners need to be light but still packed with protein. Meatballs check both boxes; their bite-sized goodness is the perfect way to feed your family or that crowd of hungry people that somehow ended up at your house this weekend. Keep your freezer full of bags of the best brand of frozen meatballs this summer, and you’ll be able to whip up any one of these delicious meals in a snap.
Caprese salad is an Italian summertime staple. It features balls of creamy, white mozzarella cheese, bright green fresh basil, and vibrant red, juicy tomatoes. Add a warm meatball to the skewer as well for extra savoriness, and drizzle the entire thing with your finest balsamic vinegar. Just like that, your side salad just jumped to the main course.
Nothing says summer quite like the taste of pineapple, and it’s easy to capture that tropical taste with this recipe. Simply mix together equal parts of BBQ sauce and undrained, canned crushed pineapple. Add meatballs and simmer until meatballs are heated through. For frozen meatballs, this will take 15-20 minutes. Serve on skewers as an appetizer or with a salad, corn on the cob, or your other favorite summer veggies.
Meatballs are not traditionally Greek, but they are easy to adapt to this fun summer meal. Heat meatballs according to package directions (we like using toaster ovens in the summer). Prepare a Greek mixture of fresh cubed tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, oregano or Greek Seasoning, olive oil, and vinegar. Serve meatballs and Greek salad with fresh pita bread. Add feta cheese for extra flavor. Yum.
Meatballs work well on the grill, which makes them ideal for summertime cookouts. They need to thaw enough to slide onto shish-ka-bob skewers, so take your meatballs out an hour or so before you want to grill them. They just require a few minutes on each side, so they’ll cook up fast. Sauce them up with teriyaki sauce, BBQ sauce, a sweet and sour sauce, or another of your family’s favorites. Add some grilled veggies, and you’ve got the perfect summer supper.
Don’t wait. Head to your grocery store to pick up a bag or two (or three) of healthy, versatile, organic frozen meatballs. When you’ve got hungry people to feed, you’ll be glad you’ve got the solution all ready to go.