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Happy Crazy Holiday Season !
This is unquestionably one of the most stressful times of the year—hard emotionally and physically. It's easy to look at your “to do” list and hit the panic button. Worse, it's the time of the year when we neglect our health while we run non-stop between full time jobs and full time shopping and party planning, trying to make everything perfect along the way.
How about a really easy crockpot recipe that you can prepare from good ingredients that are likely in your freezer and pantry right now?
Put this Italian Meatball Stew together, turn the crockpot on “low” and come back 8 hours later to make the polenta (which will take all of 5 miniutes)-- meanwhile, you'll have completed that full time job “to do” list for the day, without sacrificing a healthy dinner, one that's almost upscale-- in a rustic, Italian, pub-grub kind of way.
Italian Meatball Stew
serves 4 adults, very generously
Oil prep the crockpot
2 lbs of frozen Italian meatballs—if you make yours from scratch, then bake them first in advance, and freeze in ziplocks in 2 lb portions for this recipe
20 oz bag of frozen Italian vegetable blend—this would be a combination of zucchini slices, Italian flat green beans, carrot slices, red pepper, onions.--you can also make your own blend and even use fresh, if available.
1 pint of Pasta sauce—now I KNOW you have this on your shelf and it may well be homemade, too!
Cook all day -8 hours on low.
When your three simultaneous full time jobs are done, and you get back home, make the Polenta. It must be made right before you intend to eat or it will turn into a gummy coagulum.
Per serving: 1 cup of boiling water, stir 4 Tbsp polenta. --multiply according to number of servings needed.
Cook until thickened for 5 minutes.
When cooked, and just prior to serving,
Stir in about 1 Tbsp butter per serving,
Then turn the polenta right into the bottom of your chunky stew bowls.
You will quickly re-fortify yourself and happily so, ready to face the next day's holiday multi-tasking!