This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carando®. All opinions are entirely my own.
Weeknight meals can be hectic, especially with work and the kids being in school. I feel that I am often struggling to come up with dinner ideas, not to mention coming up with the time to actually make dinner.
I have become very fond of the slow cooker, as I am able to prepare the meal the night before and just toss it together in the morning. Plus these meals also tend to lend themselves well to leftovers.
I recently came across a recipe that I really wanted to try. Bonus points because it was a slow cooker meal.
Spicy Mongolian Slow Cooker Meatballs
If you love spicy food, this recipe is for you! To make this recipe even easier to prepare, I used Carando Sicilian meatballs. This recipe is quite spicy, so it might not be for everyone — especially when it comes to kids.
These meatballs come prepared and can be found in the fresh meat deli department at Giant Eagle. They are made with no fillers, no MSG, and are gluten-free. The Sicilian variety is made with premium pork and contains well as hot peppers.
I really enjoy spicy food, which is perfect because these meatballs are pre-seasoned. There is little preparation necessary. I am all about saving time and making things easier on myself. All you have to do is take them out of the package and pour the sauce over them before turning on the slow cooker.
In addition to the Sicilian meatballs, you will also need:
- Mongolian BBQ Sauce/Mixture
- Sesame seeds
- Lo Mein or white rice
When it comes to the Mongolian barbecue sauce, there are several options. You can choose a packet seasoning mix, a premade mixture, or you could even find a Pinterest recipe. I opted for the premade option just because I’m always pressed for time.
The Carando meatballs come in packs of 12, so you will need a full bottle of the premade sauce. Place the meatballs in the slow cooker and cover them with the Mongolian sauce. Make sure all of the meatballs are well-coated. Cook on low for six to eight hours, stirring occasionally.
You will want to pair these meatballs with either Lo Mein noodles or rice. You can find both of these sides in the Asian food aisle of Giant Eagle. For this recipe, I decided to use Lo Mein noodles.
After the noodles and the meatballs are finished cooking, I placed the meatballs on a skewer and sprinkled them with sesame seeds and served them over noodles.
Additionally, if your family is like mine and you are only cooking for one or two people, you will probably have leftovers. Another great thing about Carando meatballs is that they lend themselves perfectly to leftovers. I always package the noodles and meatballs in a plastic container to pack for lunch the next day. Carando meatballs are also perfect when placed on a hoagie roll and made into meatball sandwiches.
If you aren’t planning on eating leftovers the next day, simply place the meatballs in a freezer-safe container and save them for another night. This will save you some time another day.
Weeknight meals don’t have to be a hassle. Instead, pick up some premade Carando meatballs in the fresh meat deli section of your local Giant Eagle.