There’s nothing more comforting than to start off your day with a bowl of your favorite cereal, as the healthy ones are usually filled with great sources of whole grain foods. Well there’s another way you can put that box to use: crunchy meatballs. This one-pot comfort dish combines meat, rice and crushed cereal for a new take on a classic recipe. These are not your typical mini-meatballs, one per person is plenty. But rest assured, this is one of our favorite whole grain recipes, hands down.
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WHOLE GRAIN PORCUPINE MEATBALLS Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes Makes: 8 large meatballs; 1 each
Ingredients: 1 egg ⅔ cup milk 1 cup uncooked long grain white rice 1 can (3.8 oz.) sliced ripe olives, drained 1 cup Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain Honey Crunch cereal 1 tsp. salt ½ Tbsp. paprika ¼ tsp. onion powder ⅛ tsp. garlic powder ⅛ tsp. pepper 1 pound ground round beef, 90% lean/10% fat 1 can (14.5 ounces) petite-diced tomatoes, undrained 2 cups water 1 Tbsp. cornstarch 1 beef bouillon cube 1 tsp. dried marjoram
Instructions: 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. 2. In a food processor, grind cereal into a fine powder. 3. In a large bowl, whisk together the egg and milk. 4. Stir in rice, olives, ground cereal, salt, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder & pepper. Stir to combine. 5. Crumble ground round into rice mixture. Stir or use your hands to combine ingredients & mix well. 6. Form beef mixture into 8 large equal-sized meatballs. Place meatballs in a 2-quart baking dish & et aside. 7. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the tomatoes, water, cornstarch, bouillon cube & marjoram. Bring to a boil and stir for one minute. 8. Remove from heat and pour over meatballs in pan. 9. Cover baking dish with lid or aluminum foil and bake for 1½ hours.
Recipe & photo courtesy Honey Bunches of Oats