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With the kids back in school, it gets harder and harder for us all to come together. There’s such limited time in the evening, and even then everyone is off doing their own thing until we all collapse in bed. So those quality moments we can spend as a family are ever more important. And one of the best ways to spend time together on those crazy nights is to cook together. Keep reading for your chance to win Walmart gift cards up to $1,000 in #UncleBensPromo!
An easy meal that everyone loves is Porcupine Meatballs. This is a great dish to get the family cooking together. Except to make it even simpler for our hectic weeknights, I take some help from the store. And Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice. Available at Walmart, I like to keep plenty of different flavors of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice on hand for quick side dishes. It’s also a great inclusion in our Easy Porcupine Meatballs. And you can save $0.75 off Ready Rice products exclusively at Walmart with this Ibotta coupon offer.
For our Easy Porcupine Meatballs, you will need a total of 2 bags of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice. I used the Whole Grain Medley. Half of one bag is to be included in the meatballs. The other bag is what our Easy Porcupine Meatballs are served on.
Combine the rice with a pound of ground beef and ⅓ cup of chopped onion, ½ cup of water, celery salt, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix all of that together with your hands.
This is where it’s fun to get the kids involved. Ooey, gooey, messy, and so fun! Roll the hamburger into your typical medium size meatball.
Heat a pan with 2 tbsp of olive oil and add your Easy Porcupine Meatballs. Brown the meatballs on all sides before pouring in your favorite traditional marinara with 2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce. Let it heat and simmer for a few minutes, combining all those yummy flavors.
Serve over a bed of rice and top with a bit more sauce along with a sprinkle of fresh parsley. Another thing that kids of all ages can do is tear some fresh parsley. A little bit of green on top of this dish really makes it pop.
Learning to cook together isn’t just good for you, it’s great fun too. Not only do we have the chance to unwind while talking and laughing about our day, but there’s the sense of pride and excitement that comes from cooking in the kitchen. Cooking is really no different to art, craft, and imaginative play or any other wholesome kids activity. There’s the same level of excitement at accomplishment. Plus, you even get to eat your handiwork.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 cup Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Whole Grain Medley + 1 bag
- ½ cup water
- ⅓ cup chopped onion
- ½ tsp celery salt
- 1 tsp salt
- ⅛ tsp ground pepper
- 1 jar traditional marinara
- 2 tsp Worcestershire
- 1 tsp fresh parsley
- Heat pan with olive oil.
- In a large bowl, combine ground beef, rice, water, onion, celery salt, salt, and pepper.
- Roll mixture into medium-sized meatballs. Add to pan and gently turn, browning on all sides.
- Once browned, pour in marinara and Worcestershire. Stir to combine. Let simmer.
- Heat another bag of Uncle Ben's Ready Rice in the microwave. Spread on a plate and serve meatballs on top. Add more sauce if needed and sprinkle with fresh parsley.
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