Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Prior to this dinner I'm not sure I ever had a meatball sub. I know, that's nuts. I heard really good things about them though and decided to make a Dani version of a meatball sub.
-green pepper
-can of diced tomaters
-sun dried tomato (can omit, I just like to use mine in meat)
-Italian seasoning (or fresh herbs if you got 'em, mine aren't ready yet)
-grass-fed ground beef
-cheese of choice (we only had raw pepper jack)
-bun (I used Ezekiel sprouted wheat hot dog buns)

Dice the onions and green pepper (reserve some for the balls) and sautee in butter. In the Vitamix went the can of tomatoes, tons of garlic and a little Italian seasoning. I added this to the sauteed onions and pepper to make a sauce, let it thicken. In the same vita mix add an egg, onions, green pepper, spinach, sun dried tomatoes and garlic. Pour this over 1 lb of ground beef, mix up, form into balls and add into the tomato sauce, cook through.

Toast the buns in the oven with some cheese on the bottom. Top with the meatballs and sauce, and then add more cheese. Serve this joint with something green, like broccoli and asparagus.
This only took me a half hour from start to finish! I get home around 5:30 and this was finished by 6:03, except the clock on our over hasn't been turned back yet so just ignore that little fact.
With recipes like this there is just no reason to not cook for yourself. Yes, it is a little more time consuming than running to Subway. But it's so much more rewarding and infinitely better for you. Subway, is terrible for you. Did you know they use ammonium sulfate in their multi-grain bread? Yeah...that's a common fertilizer. Their whole  wheat is "enriched". And their meats? Full of nitrates, nitrites, hydrogenated oils and processed cancer. Don't believe me? They admit it themselves: http://www.subway.com/subwayroot/menunutrition/nutrition/frmusingredients.aspx

For today's 30 day challenge:
For today's challenge I'm supposed to talk about a time I thought about ending my life. Fortunately, I really don't think I have. Sure, I had those passing thoughts when I was a teenager and I wasn't sure things in my life would improve, but never really, truly considered it. To those who have considered it: I understand. But especially at this point in my life, it is something I would never consider. I love my life and my friends and my family and I'm so, so thankful that I'm alive. I think life can be really hard, but most of life is what you make of it. I honestly think it's easier to be sad than happy. Happiness takes work! And you know what I bet will make you happier? Meatballs!


  1. Mr Shadez here. I LOVE Meatball subs and I will not defend the healthiness of Subway but I am a Subway Soldier! So until Dani's Deli opens up in Suitland I might have to subcome the processed cancer! LOL!

  2. Do you know I have never had a meatball sub either - but your recipe looks wonderful. And I agree it is worth it to cook for yourself! Thank you for linking to Feed Me Tweet Me Follow Me Home. Hope you will come by and link up again this week.