This is the meal where I learned my lesson about meatballs vs. meatloaf. Did you know, there’s a difference, and it matters, even if the recipe is exactly the same?? It’s true. Kids (and husbands) will eat meatballs far more readily than they’ll eat meatloaf. Over on ibreatheimhungry she often comments that she’ll turn almost any protein into a meatball. And now I know why. I had the bright idea to turn her meatballs into a meatloaf, because, hey, that could be a family meal. Nope. Epic Meal Fail. The next day, the same flavors were offered in a different shape (meatball, not meatloaf) with sauce on top. The kids loved them. So it’s not just veggies and ham that taste better shaped like flowers. Meatballs trump meatloaf every time.
Honestly, the meatballs are so easy to freeze and then reheat individually for lunches and snacks, I doubt I’ll ever push meatloaf again.
The hated meatloaf with mozzarella on top:
The much loved meatballs cooking in the pan:
And finishing in the oven:
We then laid them on a cookie sheet, placed them in a the freezer until they were frozen, then in Ziploc baggies for easy reheating. I get them out for snacks, lunches, dinner, everything. And I’m asked “are these the meatballs you made?” Me: “yes” Them: “Yay!”