Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Meatball Sub

Thanks, everyone, for your well wishes! I'm better but a bit tired, and back today with what would have been Monday's lunch. I simmered Nate's Meatless Meatballs in tomato sauce and packed them in a warm thermos. I cut the top off a wheat roll in a bowl shape, so shmoo could scoop out the meatballs and make himself a hot meatball sub at lunch. Above the sub are blanched, chilled asparagus, Barbara's Snackimals Oatmeal Wheat-Free Cookies, and fresh blueberries.

You may note that the cookies are in a brand new container. I just found a boxed set of six 2.5 oz stainless steel ramekins at Target, complete with little plastic lids. And yes -- oh happy, happy day! -- they fit in the lunchbox with their lids on! Look how it fits between the two medium containers just so. Having a mediumish container with a lid should be handy, although they don't hold as much as the square containers do. I would give you a link but can't find them for sale online; I hope everyone who wants one can find them at Target.

Verdict: Man, those Nate's Meatballs are spooky good. I get a bit anxious when I first bite into one and have to double-check the package for the word "meatless". Shmoo raved about the sub and ate every bite, but only ate the tender tops off the asparagus. 5 stars.

41 comments:

Nelly said...

:O i get to comment first! jeje...good to hear you are getting much better! now, those meatballs just made my mouth water! yum yum. and hurray for ur finding at target!

Musicknitter said...

Glad you are feeling better!
My omni coworkers even comment about how good Nate's meatless meat balls smell when I heat them up at work. I enjoy the classic flavor with out of the bottle barbeque sauce poured over them and eaten just plain. The meatless meatballs don't worry me because they taste too good to have meat in them...

jenny said...

I make myself a Nate's mealtless sub on a wheat roll for lunch about twice a week! I top mine with VeganRella. Mmmm!

EatPeacePlease said...

I like how you kept the meatballs in the thermos to keep HOT. I was wondering what the verdict was going to be on the asparagus!

As for those containers, I can't wait to see what you are now going to come up with to put in them...

funwithyourfood said...

Hi Jennifer!
I found your blog via Kai's. I'm not a vegan but am working my to it. You look like a great chef! I'll be stopping by to read up some more (I'm sure I could learn a lot) Nice to 'meet' you!

TTYL

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LadyRachelLynn said...

That container is darling! Awesome lunch!

RockScissorsPaper said...

YES!!!! I'm making a trip to Target TOMORROW!!!! There have been many times i wished one of the smaller containers had a lid for some (soy) yogurt, dips, or what have you. Great find! And thanks for posting about it!

And of course... Wonderful lunch!!!!!

harlemgrrl said...

glad you're feeling better

Essy said...

What's on the napkin? It looks like Egyptian art.

Also, for my lunch today I am having something from a previous lunchbox. The peanut butter and sliced kiwi fruit on pitta bread. I thought you'd like to know that this continues to be one of the best ideas ever.

Sion Barry said...

Good to hear you are on the mend... The weather on this side of the Atlantic is miserable for May _ from a distant Welsh lunchbox cousin.

David Williamson said...

Hope you're in tip-top form soon! I love the idea of macaroni hotdog. And the price drop in papaya has really got me smiling!

raising_kahne said...

wow Miss. Shmoo, you are amazing! You're like SuperMom! haha I love the idea for a "meat"ball sub! I used to love those several years ago(when I ovbiously had no regard for animals!). I have never seen meatless meatballs but just opnce or twice in our stores, and then I just passed them up because I had no idea what to do with them! Now if I see them, I am going to snatch them up and try my best to duplicate this awesome lunch! Oh, and Im just curious, how exactly do you blanch the asparagus??

Vegetarian Cooker said...

I like to see Jennifershmoo in good state!

Meatballs look delicious! I'll try to cook it.
It may be great with Spanich Rice...

Rachael said...

glad to hear you are feeling better.

that meatball sub idea...flashbacks from pre-vegetarian school cafeteria lunches. One of the few things I actually liked, though who knows what was in them (probably mostly soy anyway). I'll have to have these sometime this week.

the vegan vulcan said...

I had the same reaction to those meatballs, as well! I bit into one, and re-checked the package to make sure I hadn't grabbed the wrong thing from the freezer at the co-op. They are so tasty, any way you make them.

I'm glad you're feeling better!

ke said...

Oh my YUM! Glad you are feeling better Jen!

Crystal & Ryan - Café Cyan said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better! I love those little containers - they also sell them at Storables and WorldMarket. We use them for dressings and salad toppings...well, and a bunch of other things too.

I'll have to try the Nate's Meatballs if they have them in the area.

-Crystal

LadyRachelLynn said...

About those Nate's Meatballs. I have friends who bought them and I babysat their farm for 2 weeks and had some there. I, being rather naive in the meat department, didn't know they tasted like meat, but didn't like them (prob bec they tasted real). My nephew, staying with me one night, convinced me to have them on pizza and I liked them then. Yet another way to use Nates!

Valabama said...

mmmmm the nate's faux chicken nuggets are just as scrumptious...and those blueberries look delish!

Shananigans said...

Good to hear you're feeling better! I make "meatball" subs with the Trader Joe meatless meatballs pretty often. I like to sauté up some sweet peppers and onion with some garlic and throw that in with the sauce too. Mushrooms sometimes too. I can get a bit carried away with sandwich fillings, it’s a problem when things start spilling out all over the place :P

Catmintherb said...

Glad you are nearly recovered, Jennifer.
:)

Jennifershmoo said...

>>how exactly do you blanch the asparagus?

After cleaning and cutting off the tough ends of the stalks, I cut their tender tops off and set them aside, then cut the remaining stalks into roughly 2-inch pieces.

I put the stalks in boiling water until they are almost but not quite tender, then throw in the tips for the last bit of cooking time (the tips cook more quickly and would get mushy if I threw them all in at once).

When it's all done I drain the asparagus, plunge it into ice water quickly to stop the cooking, then drain it again. That's blanching.

raising_kahne said...

Oh ok thank you so much! I tried cooking asparagus for the first time yesterday, and it didnt turn out so good! But this definately helps! Oh and Im very glad to see you are feleing better!

R2K said...

Mmm looks great!

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Vicki said...

I'm on a mission to make your hot meatball sub - it looks amazing & your description motivates me even more. way to go finding some goodies to stoke out shmoo's lunch box & such a nice fit!

Jeannieo said...

I, too, love the Trader Joes meatless meatballs. Great for spaghetti and "meatballs"! My husband and I went vegetarian last October and are loving it! We're not quite at the vegan stage yet but that is the goal and we are working on it!

Jennifershmoo said...

Hi, Essy! Glad you like the pb & kiwi!

>>What's on the napkin? It looks like Egyptian art.

Yep! Shmoo picked out this fabric for napkins. He loves Egyptian hieroglyphics and mummies.

Jane M said...

Glad to hear your feeling better! Take care not to overdo which is going to be hard for you...what with little shmoo and this blog. I've always wondered about those meatless meatballs...time to get over my fear and give them a try I guess. When I used to have the real meatballs I would mix them with cranberry sauce and chili sauce....I suppose that would work with meatless too. Hey it was good I tell ya!!!!

Laura said...

So glad to hear you're doing better!

It's so funny that you posted about these meatballs today--I almost just bought them at the grocery store on the way home from work for dinner. I'm slowly moving us into the meatless products, and your postings have been very helpful.

Get well soon!

Jennifershmoo said...

Hi, Jane M! I make something similar with grape jelly and chili sauce:

http://veganlunchbox.blogspot.com/2006/01/sweet-sour-meatless-meatballs.html

May sound funny, but they sure taste good!

Extended Duvvuri Family said...

Hi,

Can someone tell me if the TJ brand meatballs taste or smell like meat? Just curious, I'm a vegetarian from birth and mentally have an issue eating any products that have that smell, even if it's fake. Strange but true. Thanks!

Harini

Golden said...

Can you tell me where in Target you got those containers?

Thanks!

Jennifershmoo said...

Hi, Golden! It was in the cooking section, near the other ramekins.

Golden said...

Thanks! In the department with the spatulas and timers and things like that?

Jennifershmoo said...

Yes, it was in an aisle with mixing bowls, right next to a wall of spatulas and spoons. I hope you can find them! I wish they had them online...

Shananigans said...

Harini: I couldn’t really tell you how closely the TJ “meatballs” resemble the real thing, I’ve been veggie since I was 14 (12 years ago) and I find I have a really hard time remembering what meat tasted like. I am also put off by the smell of real meat and I like them so I would suggest giving them a try. Everyone I know who has tried them loves them!

Nicki Baker said...

Jennifer, you make me hungry :) I had to run out and get veggie-balls this week :)

dollydlux said...

Hey I found the little ramekins today at the Temecula,CA Target!!! They were in the aisle with the clear glass jars and dish drainers. There was a big stainless steel section with mini gravy boats (looked like they held a tablespoon each) and lots of other shiny metal products and there they were! WOO HOO for me and good luck to anyone else still on the hunt.

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