I can be a bit of a food snob, wanting to make things from scratch as much as possible. I know it’s true, and I will openly admit to it, although I’ve found myself relaxing the idea a little of late driven mainly by convenience and time limitations. I have this philosophy of back to basics mainly because I want to know what is in my food and that it’s healthy and good for me. Nine times out of ten, it’s also cheaper to make from scratch and it taste a million times better.
And then I found myself a couple of weeks ago succumbing to a cheats meal, although I had a very good reason (I thought) for doing so.
We were babysitting our nieces and nephew ages 11, 5 & 2 and not having any kidlets of our own after about 24 hours of why and hearing our names repeated ad nauseam our brains were a little tired. Unfortunately the idea of spending time being creative in the kitchen lost its appeal a little. So to keep it real, feed them (and ourselves) something slightly more nutritious than takeaway I thought I’d re-create a cheats version of a delicious old family recipe called Porcupine Meatballs. Now if you want the modern, healthy and proper version of this recipe please check out Please Pass The Recipe’s awesome version here. It’s what I’ll be making next time I give this dish a go.
This time round though I went with nostalgia and broke out Heinz tomato soup, which I probably hadn’t eaten since I was about 10 years old, plus added pre-made meatballs (told you I was cheating) and really this took me about 5 minutes to prepare plus cooking time in the oven.
What I did make ended up being a roaring success and honestly I think I could probably have gone one step closer to making this healthy if I had of thought about it more, but with 3 young kids in tow in the supermarket I wasn’t thinking too clearly at the time. You really need about 5 minutes to put this together and as long as the pasta takes to serve it so its perfect when you don’t have a lot of time on your hands or you are multi tasking to the max.
Check out the recipe here
And this is what I did….
Happy Cooking and Happy Eating,