Things have changed a little since I was a kid. Back then, when my mum asked me what I wanted for my birthday dinner, the answer was always…ALWAYS…spaghetti and meatballs, preferably the “Lady and the Tramp” spaghetti and “Tinkerbell” meatballs from our Disney kids’ cookbook.
These days, my kids request sushi on their birthdays (okay, so do I). Really, I have no one but myself to blame for this. I talk about sushi as though it’s the food of the gods (the gods like salmon skin rolls, right?). My kids listen and emulate. Like mother, like sons.
Thankfully, my boys are just as easily impressed by a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs as they are with rolls filled with shrimp tempura or ahi tuna. Our wallets are grateful for that.
This version is cooked mostly in a slow cooker (this one from KitchenAid is what I use…4 heat settings, timer…the whole she-bang) and features meatballs made with lean beef (feel free to substitute with ground turkey), a simple tomato sauce and whole wheat pasta.
The meatballs are partially baked before being moved to the slow cooker so that any excess oil is released on to the baking sheet (and discarded) rather than into the tomato sauce.
My whole family fell in love with this recipe, both for the taste and the health benefits. The kids begged me to pack some of the leftovers in their lunch boxes the next day.
You never know…maybe, just maybe, my boys will request this for their birthday dinners this year.
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