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Oven Roasted Meatball Sandwich

I’m not sure I can compete with Subway in terms of mass distribution or cost, but I can definitely compete with them on taste. I’ve had meatball sandwiches at various places, but nothing beats having one at home. Hot, toasted and gooey with cheese. Right out of the oven is the only way to go!

Oven Roasted Meatball Sub Sandwich:


1 1/2 pounds ground beef – $3.39
1 egg – $.33
1/2 cup crushed crackers (saltine or butter) – $.35
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce – pantry
1 Tbsp dried italian seasoning
2 tsps garlic powder – pantry
1/2 tsp salt – pantry
1 tsp pepper – pantry


1/2 a yellow onion, finely chopped – $.30
1 large can crushed or diced tomatoes – $1.19
1 small can tomato sauce – $.25
1 Tbsp Olive oil – pantry
1 1/2 Tbsp minced or crushed garlic – pantry
1/2 tsp salt – pantry
2 Tbsp Dried Italian herb mix (Oregano, Basil, Marjoram and Thyme) – pantry
1 Tbsp Dried Onion – pantry
1 tsp pepper – pantry
1 tsp red chile pepper (optional) – pantry

COST: $5.81

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. While oven is heating, prepare meatballs.

Mix ground beef with Worcestershire sauce, egg, crushed crackers, garlic powder, dried onion, italian herb mix, salt and pepper. Roll mixture into meatballs and place in baking dish greased with olive oil. Bake meatballs for 15 minutes.

While meatballs are baking, prepare sauce and salad.

Heat medium to large sauce pan over moderate heat. Add a little oil and chopped onion. Cook a few minutes. Just till onion is transparent. Add garlic and stir. Cook for just a minute or so. Add crushed or diced tomato and tomato sauce, herbs, salt, pepper, chili powder and parmesan cheese. Stir and bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and add baked meatballs. Fold balls into sauce, carefully. Continue simmering for 15 mins.

Using a fresh baguette or french roll, slice in half, add 3-4 meatballs per section and top with mozzarella. Bake at 375 until cheese is melted and lightly brown. Watch carefully as not to burn. Serve with mixed greens salad and balsamic dressing.

COST for Baguette/French Bread: $1.19

COST for bowl of Mixed Greens: $1.00

COST for Mozzarella (8 oz): $1.75


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When you find pork shoulder for .99 cents a pound, well, it’s a no brainer…scoop it up and then figure out what to do with it.  In this case, it’s slow simmered bbq pork sandwiches with lots of fresh veggies and some fun tater tots. The leftovers will be abundant, so what a deal!

Simmered Pork BBQ recipe:

Pork Shoulder (4 medium pieces or about 3 lbs) – $2.98
2 bay leaf – pantry*
1 tsp garlic powder – pantry
1 onion chopped – .65 cents
1 heaping tablespoon Paprika – pantry
1/2 container of BBQ sauce (your choice) – $1.00
1-2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper – pantry

COST:  $4.63

*Pantry items are very cheap at $1 stores and discount food stores.  Shop these places to stock up!

Combine meat and all ingredients, EXCEPT BBQ sauce, into a large pot.  Cover meat with water, just to top of meat and bring to boil.  Keep covered, reduce to slow simmer and cook for 3 hours.  After it’s all cooked, meat will fall apart. Remove meat from heat and drain liquid.  Shred meat and remove any excess fat.  Place shredded meat into fresh pot with some of the cooked onion and add BBQ sauce of your choice. Bring to very slow simmer and let cook for 5 mins or so.  Serve warm.

Tater tots:

I don’t know why, but tater tots are just yummy! We try and get them on sale for about $1.5o a bag. You can fry them in oil or bake them to be a little more calorie friendly, but remember, they’re tater tots, so add a veggie tray for the health factor.

Veggie Tray:

Veggie trays can be made of whatever you find in the grocers or farmers market affordable.

Bag Baby Carrot – $1
1 cucumber – .33
1 red pepper – .50
5 stocks celery –  .75

COST: $2.58

Don’t forget the BUNS – $1.19

A simple, but vey tasty meal for 4. GRAND TOTAL: $9.90

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