Pineapple meatballs saved my cleaning supplies

 - by Sarah Lipoff

There has been a battle happening at my house, and it hasn’t been pretty. The dust broom, mop, a couple of sponges, and almost a bottle of cleaner have been lost. The baby has won the war, the cleaning supplies have admitted defeat. The amount of food that has been tossed, thrown, and smashed to the ground has become overwhelming.

Maybe the ants will remove the food bits. Because I, along with the cleaning supplies, have waved the white flag.

My adorable child has decided she only wants to eat cheese and grapes. She will eat a small amount of a new item, and then dash the remains to the floor with glee. With LOTS of glee. I began to question if she enjoyed the throwing of the food more than the eating. It seemed so foreign to me, a true lover of food, that anyone, even someone so small, could throw tasty vittles to the floor.

I began a quest to find food that wouldn’t be wasted on the floor, and yesterday there was a small success! Pineapple turkey meatballs. Not something I thought would save the sponge, but, once a salty-savory-sweet meatball was popped into my babe’s mouth, she wanted more, more, more.

Success!

Super easy pineapple meatballs are made by mixing 1/2 pound of turkey with 1/2 cup mixed vegetables (I used some frozen ones), 1/4 cup cubed fresh bread of your choice and a sprinkle of salt. Roll the turkey mixture into small 1-inch round balls and leave to the side on a plate.

In a medium sauce pan, heat 1/2 cup of cubed pineapple until it begins to brown on the sides. Add 1/4 cup water and bring to a boil. Drop the 1-inch round meatballs into the sauce and let simmer until cooked through. More water can be added to keep the meatballs moist while they are cooking. Serve pineapple meatballs on their own or over rice or skinny spaghetti.

So, if you are tired of food hitting the floor, try out some pineapple meatballs.

You might even find them oddly addictive, just like I did.

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