Looking for the secret when it comes to winning at time management? Here it is!

Start by saving time by making a quick and easy dinner that makes a ton so you’ll have leftovers for days! This easy recipe is also the perfect way to come up with your NEW time management plan. Don’t have one of those? You will after you make my meatballs–it’s incorporated into the recipe. Stop putting it off and make my homemade meatballs with two different sauces today!

When it comes to time management the best way to get a hold of it is to come up with a solid plan that you will actually stick to. Follow my recipe below to get started.

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Meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ultra lean ground turkey
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • ½ cup fresh grated or shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 medium eggs, beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons dried Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 Teaspoons salt
  • 1 Teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • ½ cup bread crumbs

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, roll up those sleeves and get messy. Using your hands is the easiest and most effective way to get everything incorporated together.
  1. Line 3 baking sheets with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  1. Pinch off meat mixture and roll with palms of hands into meatballs, I like mine to be about 1 inch around. But, you can make these as big or as small as you like. But remember the bigger they are, the longer they need to cook. You want to cook these through until about 165 degrees inside and no pink. While you do this, think of all the things you do that are completely mindless during the day. How do you spend your downtime? Estimate how much time you actually spend checking social media, watching TV, or texting? While these activities can be relaxing, they also are a major time suck. You should limit the amount of time you spend doing each of these to 10-15 minutes per section of the day. So, spend 10 minutes at breakfast, lunch, and in the evening. That will total 30 minutes total for your day on social media. When it’s broken up like that, it’s easier to not let it become a complete waste of your time.
  1. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Flip meatballs half way through cooking time for even brownness. These will not be perfectly shaped like the ones you buy frozen at the store, but they will taste a MILLION times better!
  1. While meatballs are baking, mix up the two sauces listed below and then sit down with a pad and some paper and begin the TIME MANAGEMENT PLAN! It’s starts with an Elimination List. Write down 5 things you do every day that you could eliminate from your day as they do not provide any sort of productivity for you. That’s right, 5 things every day. They can be the same 5 each day, but I want you to write down and commit to eliminating those right now.
  1. Once meatballs are done and cooled, toss to coat in sauces. Enjoy! Now, that the meatballs are done, sauced, and ready to eat. Sit down and look at your Elimination List. You should feel good about this as you have just freed up a significant amount of your day from getting rid of those unnecessary activities. Now, write down a real to do list, and prioritize what needs to get done this week. Put check boxes next to each activity and as you complete that task I want you to actually check it off. Then revisit this list at the end of each week and rewrite for the new week. Each week you’ll have worked off your previous list and you can start fresh with a new list. Unfortunately life involves chores, tasks, and the inevitable to do list. It never ends. But, how you react to your list is what matters and keeps you from becoming overwhelmed and stressed. Tackle what you can today and then do more tomorrow.

Note: If you roll them on the smaller size, this recipe will yield 3-4 dozen. Once they are cooked, freeze some without sauce in freezer bags for a quick meal later on.

 

Sauce 1: Sweet & Sour Sauce

Ingredients:

(Trust me here, this may sound gross…but it’s SO good. And you can’t beat it’s simplicity.)

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup grape jelly
  • 1 cup maple syrup

Directions:

Mix together, heat on stovetop until all ingredients are well mixed. Set aside until meatballs are done.

 

Sauce 2: Three Ingredient Marinara Sauce

While this sauce isn’t quick per se, it’s beyond simple and I guarantee you already have all of these ingredients on hand. When I make this, I get it simmering well before I make the meatballs and time it so it all comes out at the same time. Simple. Look at you, already winning at time management.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups tomatoes, in addition to their juices (for example, a 28-ounce can of San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes)
  • 5tablespoons butter
  • 1onion, peeled and cut in half
  • Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine the tomatoes, their juices, the butter and the onion halves in a saucepan. Add a pinch or two of salt.
  2. Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, for about 45 minutes. Stir occasionally, mashing any large pieces of tomato with a spoon. Add salt as needed.
  3. Discard the onion before tossing the sauce with pasta. This recipe makes enough sauce for a pound of pasta.

There you have it: A quick and easy meatball recipe that helps you with time management skills!

 

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— Allison