Monday, February 1, 2010

MSM ~ Relish Meal Planning Meatball Soup

Make Something Monday

I'm so excited next week I'm going to put up a giveaway for a ONE YEAR subscription to Relish! an amazing site for meal planning. Ok you all know me I love cooking dinner and making something new each night (yes I'm proud to say I haven't made the same dish twice in a very long time). As you know I LOVE searching the internet for a meal idea, but it's usually a fly by the seat of my pants type of deal. Usually around 3:30pm I'm searching the internet quickly to find what ingredients I have and what I can whip up! Meal planning sounds great but really am I really going to sit down each Sunday and write a menu? Yeah right that means searching the internet and finding all recipes at once. I know myself so much better than that! But wait you make meal planning easy and I'm so there! So guess what I found it a place that does just that, each week they post new meals to choose from and you can always pick from previous weeks!

So I wanted to do try this out for two weeks before I put the ONE YEAR subscription giveaway to give you my thoughts. But already I can tell you that I'm already way to freaking excited!!! Guess what it even makes a grocery list for you! And even better it breaks it down by grocery isles sections. The thing I found last weeks when I did the cookbook, I found the recipes made my list but didn't put it in any order. Let's just say I was bouncing from one side to another, so having it all broke down made my trip easier (not a breeze but that is because I had two screaming boys with me ... lol).

My first recipe to show you is one that was a hit especially with Rick's buddy who stops by several times during the week (always around dinner time now that I think of it ... hmmm) :).

Meatball Soup B KF LC
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 35 minutes

138-ounce bag frozen meatballs
2tablespoons butter
4carrots , thinly sliced
2stalks celery, thinly sliced
114.5 ounce can beef broth
4cups water
114.5-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1packet dry onion soup mix
3tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped
1/2teaspoon dried oregano
1/2teaspoon dried basil
1bay leaf
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/2cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
[1] In a Dutch oven over medium heat, melt the butter. Saute the carrots and celery until softened, 4 to 5 minutes.

[2] Add beef broth, water, tomatoes, onion soup mix, parsley, oregano, basil, bay leaf, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

[3] Add meatballs; cover and simmer 10 minutes longer. (Note: Remove the bay leaf before serving.) Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.
I liked this recipe because it was super easy to put together and was ready around 30 minutes!
Check out the pictures of how it comes together!
BUY IT: Relish! is only $7 a month! Just think of the money you would save with having your meals plans, no spontaneous trips to the grocery story where you buy more than you need along with the gas it takes to get there. And I know it's a cliché but really time is money! I know I try to space my time as best as I can and anything that makes life easier I'm all for!

Tomorrow and next week I'll show you more recipes and how this has helped my life, then I'll put up the giveaway for ONE YEAR subscription (yes $84 prize). Hang with me to find out more!

ALEXIS NOTE: If anyone has any suggestions on seeing recipes let me know, I would love to know if you like the recipes on Monday and Tuesday and all the other stuff. Comments have been down so just throwing it out there, would love to know what you want to see more or less of. Thanks as always for stopping by. Muah!


  1. Alexis- This looks great! Why haven't I ever heard of Relish before? I always need help with my meal planning. This soup looks great. I have some meatballs in my freezer that want to be made into this dish!!! Thanks for sharing :) I think you are doing great picking your recipes. I've made several (the taco ring and the pork chop bake with the hash browns) and they were both great.

  2. You do the same thing I do - try to make something different every night and scour the internet for ideas the night of. This sounds really cool! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Hey Poser,

    I love that you post food up here. I get ideas and I just love it. Sorry I did not come by this weekend. I did see you had a few giveaways going on. I hope you had a great weekend. Sending my hugs.. Miss you..

  4. this looks wonderful..

    i'll totally try this out!

  5. That sounds awesome. I am going to go over and check it out.

  6. Hey, maybe sometime you should do a cooking vlog!!!!!

  7. I won a year's subscription to this on another blog and it's FABULOUS! I highly recommend this site to everyone.

    PS I made that meatball soup 2 weeks ago and it was delicious and easy to make too.

  8. What a great idea! That meatball soup looks delish! I think I might actually make that tonight. I have all the goodies! Thanks for the recipe.

    Stopping by to say howdy! Happy Monday!

  9. I've never heard of Relish before, either. Gonna have to check it out! Sounds awesome and right up my alley.

  10. That looks SO good! I can't believe you make something different almost every night! Definitely very brave! ;-)

    I love the content of your blog and all the recipes! I actually made the taco lasagna last Wednesday and it was delicious! (It'll be in next Monday's MSM with a link back to you.)

  11. Mmmmmm... I think it would taste better if someone made it FOR me!

    = )

  12. Oh my. I was once so organized. I had meals planned out three MONTHS in advance. And we ate well and cooked each night. I'm working on getting back to that. I love the idea of that site.

    That's a LOT of meatballs for that soup. Wow. It sounds pretty yum though. :)

  13. That looks delicious, I want some! But I don't want to cook it. lol.

  14. A lot of folks have been saying that comments are down so it's not you. They are down on Pricilla's blog as well...some say it's cause the big holiday giveaway rush is over. Others 'cause of the economy and more people are spending less time online.
    Who knows....


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