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Loving my life as a woman in agriculture one sip at a time

Meatballs on Monday are a great way to fuel up at the beginning of your week.  These beef meatballs are a great source of nutrients to help you and your family strengthen your immune system.    One of our family favorite meatball recipes is “Sweet Sour Meatballs” made with lean ground beef and a sweet sour sauce.


Sweet Sour Meatballs

In this recipe you can eat about six meatballs to get 30 grams of protein.  Experts are recommending we eat 30 grams of protein three times a day for optimal health.  There is no better time to make sure you and your family are getting the protein, zinc, iron, B12, B6 and much more from beef.

When our children were young I would make the meatballs and bake them along with potatoes and a vegetable dish.  While the meal baked I would work on other household chores, homework and whatever else could be done during that hour.  Now that we are empty nesters I am more apt to leave the meatballs in a fry pan on the stove to simmer while we make some stir fry broccoli to eat with them.

This meatball recipe can also be used for appetizers.  I’ve put dozens in a crock pot to take to gatherings and normally there are few to none left to take home.  You can also have fun by adding pineapple or some cooked peppers for kabobs.


Family gatherings build fond memories with good food, laughter and games.

I have found beef to play an important role in my family’s health.  My husband and I are in or close to that 60 year old age range and are able to live as actively as we did in our 20’s with no current health concerns.  Our children were raised on beef with rare visits to the doctor.  Most of those were due to minor accidents or sports related injuries.

There are numerous registered dieticians supporting the role of beef in a healthy diet.  If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of beef please take a look at some quality research or comment below and I will be happy to answer your questions!

Every day including Monday is a great day to enjoy beef and meatballs!  Here is the recipe for my Sweet Sour Meatballs:

Sweet Sour Meatballs 

Meatball Mixture

2 lbs. lean ground beef

1 cup bread slices cubed

1 tsp thyme

½ tsp salt

½ cup water

Place ground beef in large mixing bowl, break apart, sprinkle thyme and salt over the hamburger. In a separate bowl mix water with breadcrumbs adding moistened bread to the hamburger mixture.  Mix well, form into golf ball shapes using a melon or large cookie scoop. Heat in a large frying pan over medium heat until browned on all sides.  Transfer to 9×13 baking dish for baking or leave in frying pan for stove top simmering.


2/3 cup water

2/3 cup vinegar

2/3 cup brown sugar

1 T mustard

1 T flour

Whisk ingredients as listed.  Pour over meatballs in baking dish and bake for one hour at 350 degrees.  If using stove top method pour sauce over meatballs in large frying pan and allow to simmer over low heat until sauce is thickened.


magdeline meatball

              My aunt, Magdeline Svec, is enjoying a sample of my meatball recipe during a recent visit by Jon Vonderford from Pure Nebraska.  The episode airs March 25 on KOLN-TV.




One thought on “Meatball Monday

  1. Bill Hestir says:

    Great post!

    Glad to see it.

    We are inundated by false stories about the negatives of beef and the cattle industry.

    Keep writing. Tell the real story.

    Thank you.


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