Since about mid-September we have been waiting for the cold weather so our lake would freeze and we could go ice skating and have fun entertaining over the holidays. And I believe this weekend we will get our wish! It’s going to be frigid all week here which is perfect for our lake to freeze to the “safe” level. I put “safe” in parentheses because last year unbeknownst to us at the time, our neighbors all thought we were crazy for going out on the ice before it reached the proper thickness. According to recommendations it should be 4 inches thick. Well growing up on a much bigger lake, Lake St. Clair, I have a good sense of safe ice and we had no issues. This year however we will probably heed the warning and follow our neighbors’ measurements for when it is safe to skate.
So since we are loving our house (and backyard) we are enjoying entertaining so much more. That’s one reason I made these sweet and sour meatballs. I started with my staple meatball recipe and then just added them to the slow cooker with two simple ingredients and voilà! A no-fuss appetizer to easily serve at your next holiday party or family gathering.
Yes, I am once again highlighting lean ground beef. To me it’s one of the simplest kinds of protein to cook or bake with and it’s also one of the most versatile. A 3-ounce serving of lean ground beef contains only about 150 calories, less than 10 grams of fat, less than 5 grams of saturated fat but contains 22 grams of protein. It’s important to note that a 3-ounce serving size is about the size of a deck of cards, or a smaller smart phone. This is important since many of us have misconceptions about what a proper portion size is. Of course when it comes with serving these meatballs as an appetizer, I also serve plenty of raw vegetables with a dip.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
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