How To Make Dinner Time Simple with Meal Prep Sous Vide Meatballs

Sous vide Meatballs recipe featured by popular DC lifestyle blogger, Baby Castan on Board

Dinner is normally the last thing I want to worry about. In my house I don’t really do the cooking, but Dan usually isn’t home for dinner. We have learned that the best way to manage dinner time is for him to make things in advance that can either be cooked in a crock pot or  with a precision cooker — basically a set it and forget it option. Dan will usually make a bunch of freezable dinner options on one of his days off so it’s really easy for me to defrost it the evening before and then cook it. I thought I would share one of our most recent meal prep dinners… sous vide meatballs and sauce!

Sous vide Meatballs recipe featured by popular DC lifestyle blogger, Baby Castan on Board

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I much prefer eating homemade meatballs and sauce over frozen meatballs and a jar of sauce. This method of making the sous vide meatballs and sauce ahead of time and freezing allows us the flexability to know exactly what we are eating without spending hours on dinner. We use the precision cooker to make sure everything is cooked through with very little effort.  The recipe Dan uses makes quite a few servings so we can split them up and eat them over several dinners.

Sous vide Meatballs recipe featured by popular DC lifestyle blogger, Baby Castan on Board

Supplies for your Sous Vide Meatballs

  • Mason Jar
  • Precision cooker
  • 1 pound of ground chicken
  • 1/3 cup of chopped mint
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 cup red onion
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lemon zested
  • We make the sauce according to Mike Isabella’s “Grand Mother” tomato sauce recipe. Except we substitute grape tomatoes for plum tomatoes.

Sous vide Meatballs recipe featured by popular DC lifestyle blogger, Baby Castan on Board

Steps for  your Sous Vide Meatballs

  1. Mix all the ingredients above into a bowl.
  2. Use 1 tablespoon of meat mixture and roll it into a ball.
  3. Brown the sides on the stove and let them rest on a cookie rack to cool.
  4. Make the sauce (see above for a link to the book we got our recipe from).
  5. Place 5-7 meatballs into the mason jar and pour the sauce around them.
  6. Place in freezer.

When you are ready to cook the sous vide meatballs you simply place them in the refrigerator the evening before so they start to thaw overnight. Then I sous vide the mason jar on 175 degrees for 1.5 hours. The only other thing to do is cook some pasta to put the meatballs and sauce on and make a quick side salad or veggies. It is super quick and easy!

What do you think of these sous vide meatballs? Is it something you would try to save time? Let me know in the comments!

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Hi, I’m Melissa! I am a mama to an energetic preschooler and newborn, a wife to my amazing husband Dan, and I work full-time as a meeting planner. I started this blog because, after having my first little guy, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the amazing (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Realizing that we would probably have more kids in the future, I wanted to document everything, so we would remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!

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