Homemade Italian Meatballs for Freezer and a Budget Friendly Weekly Meal Plan

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Happy Monday my friends! Did you get a chance to get outside and enjoy this beautiful weather? Did you make any meals for your freezer? What did you make? Let me know if you tried one of my recipes, and what you thought.

Along with my weekly menu, I’m sharing a recipe for Homemade Italian Meatballs. It’s really simple recipe actually plus making them from scratch is actually pretty fun, especially with the kids.

I started with my original Meatball/Meatloaf recipe, and changed it up just a bit. I used a combination of ground beef and Italian pork sausage, which gave the meatballs that extra Italian flavor.

I used my smaller cookie dough/ice cream scoop to make the meatballs a little smaller than I normally make them, so I could use them in my Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches.

A little roll around in the flour….

And off to the frying pan for a little browning…..

Then after some very quick browning, it’s in a glass pan and off to the oven……

Be sure you stop back by later this week as I share my tips for freezing meatballs. And watch for the Italian Meatball Sub Sandwich Recipe coming soon!

Homemade Italian Meatballs


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian pork sausage
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 Tablespoons onions, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon dried sweet basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • Vegetable or Canola oil


  1. Mix all ingredients together until well combined
  2. Form into balls and place on cookie sheet
  3. Roll meatballs in flour, and fry in oil about 2-3 minutes turning once
  4. Place meatballs in 13×9 glass baking dish
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes
  6. Serve with spaghetti sauce, barbecue sauce, or make Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches

My weekly meal plan and shopping list is completed and posted on our fridge:

Budget Friendly Weekly Meal Plan

Need ideas for your weekly meal plan? It’s time for another weekly menu.  I enjoy menu planning because of  the simplicity it provides for my life. It enables me to decrease my grocery shopping excursions to twice a month and it allows me to  have more free time to focus on my family and home. For ideas in the weekly meal plan, we’ll be focusing on a variety of family meals. You’ll find the recipes on the weekly meal plan also available on my Recipe Index page with a grocery list included.

One of my goals and challenges this week is to re-stock my freezer by doing a freezer cooking session at the beginning of the week to prepare lots of our meals quickly and save on our grocery budget. Plus, we’ll have more tasty meals to choose from.

Dinner (recipes will post throughout the week)

Sunday: Italian Meatball Sub Sandwiches, Pasta Salad

Monday: Crunchy Chicken Fingers, Oven Fries and Corn

Tuesday: Breakfast Pizza and Smoothies

Wednesday: Meatloaf Sandwiches with Fried Smashed Potatoes (new recipe)

Thursday: Chicken Phillies, Green Salad, Oven Fries

Friday: Twice Baked Potato Bar and Appetizers

Saturday: Lasagna, Green Salad with Homemade Croutons, Cheddar Dill Biscuits

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Weekly Meal Plan and Shopping List

What’s cooking at your house this week?

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About noelskitchen

Noel is a CEO and Mother of 4 who can be found blogging from her home office, who's passionate about family, nutrition, fitness and supporting others reach their health & fitness goals. Noel uses her blog to share about simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, walking, workouts and a little sprinkle of life! She created Noel's Kitchen Tips teaching families how to make budget friendly meal and healthy recipes. She's blessed to have the opportunity to be able to teach busy moms and families how to use food and cooking as a means of bringing family meal times back to the table and stay fit.


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