Sunday has always been my favorite day of the week. It’s the best for sleeping in, getting the week’s (or if you plan ahead: next week’s) errands done, catching up with friends and/or family, or simply taking it easy. I’ve tried to always make sure I have Sunday off for the entirety of my working life, and I feel as though it keeps me sane.
T0day, however, I picked up a short shift at work. It wasn’t terrible, and I got a lot of researching done on the computer. A little extra money never hurts.
I was, however, super hungry by the end of my shift and not sure what to throw together when I got home. Most of the time I will stop at Jewel for groceries, but I was too tired for that today. I knew I wanted spinach to get my daily intake of vitamin A, and the only protein I had in the house was a Lemon Pepper Tuna packet from StarKist. After browsing Pinterest for some ideas, I landed on tuna and spinach meatballs.
This was easy to throw together, delicious, and very budget/time friendly!
Tuna & Spinach Meatballs
~Makes 4 meatballs
- 1 packet StarKist Lemon Pepper tuna packet (or any flavor tuna)
- 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 3/4 cup spinach
- 1 tablespoon chive, cut
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup 2% milkfat colby jack cheese divided
- 1/2 cup of canned fire roasted garlic tomatoes
- Dash of Louisianna hot sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lay a sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and spray with nonstick spray.
- Place the tuna, breadcrumbs, chili powder, garlic powder, spinach, chive, egg, and half the cheese in a mixing bowl.
- Mix with hands to combine (going to get a little messy, there’s a bit of liquid in these ingredients).
- Form in to 4 meatballs and place 2 inches apart on aluminum foil
- Bake for 12 minutes
- When finished, sprinkle the other half of cheese over the meatballs. It’s okay if it falls on to the foil, this will make “crisps”
- Bake for another 3-4 minutes
- While finishing their final bake, combine tomatoes and hot sauce and heat through in the microwave or in a pan
- Spread tomatoes on a plate, place the meatballs on top, and then sprinkle the leftover cheese “crisps” over the dish. Enjoy!