My Chicken Parmesan Meatball Recipe

Shhh...They Are Part Of My Secret Mom Behaviour

My Chicken Parmesan Meatball Recipe

My Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Right at this moment, I am sitting in one of my favourite bars in the world—the Fairmont Royal York Library Bar.

It's my favourite for many reasons (not only for the yummy snacks and drinks and the amazing service!) but mostly because it reminds me of my grandfather who used to work on the CP Rail and the CP Rail used to own the Fairmont.

Today I'm in Toronto on business. I taught a seminar on using social media in sales and I've been on my feet for over 8 hours. Needless to say, I'm tired. I probably could have caught the 5:30pm train home, but instead it's 5:15pm and I am sitting across from Union Station with a VIA 1 ticket for 7:05pm.

But don’t worry—my kids aren’t starving while I’m lounging. While I’m here, my hubby is reheating my super easy recipe for Chicken Parmesan Meatballs which I posted below for you.

Oh sure, I could have caught a cab instead of walking a few blocks and done the mad-commuter-dash through Union Station and made it home just in time for stories and bedtime but instead I'm having some me time. Some Secret Mom Behaviour (SMB) time surfing Pinterest, answering emails, and writing to-do lists. It might not seem like a luxury to some but I am a busy working mom and time to just sit, surf, and get a bit organized is rare and luxurious.
I’m not going to lie, I’m also thinking about how back-to-school is one of the most stressful times of year for moms. We're so busy shopping and organizing to get the kids prepared for school and all the other activities that start in September too, we often forget about ourselves. That's why it's important to squeeze in your favourite Secret Mom Behaviour whenever you can (even if it involves hiding out like I am right now!)
Mr. Christie's Fruit Krisps wants to make sure that this back-to-school season you take a little time for yourself doing whatever Secret Mom Behaviour adds joy to your life so they asked some of the moms here at YMC to let you in on our SMB. I also wanted to share this recipe with you to make getting away for a little SMB time even easier!
That's right, when I go away on business I tend to leave some of my family's favourites ready and waiting for heating up which should be easy enough for my non-cooking husband. At this moment he should be boiling a pot of pasta and heating up some homemade tomato sauce and these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs.
This is the kind of recipe I always double when I'm making it for dinner because they freeze so well in large freezer bags. As an added bonus you can reheat the whole bag for dinner or pull out a few to defrost and toss into a thermos for school lunches!
The next time you're in need of your own Secret Mom Behaviour time, be sure to whip yourself up a batch of these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs to keep in your freezer just in case!
Simply mix.


Mix again.


Sprinkle, bake and enjoy!


1 1/4 pounds ground chicken
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 medium onion, chopped into small pieces
1 tbsp. dried parsley
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1 clove garlic, minced
1 egg, whisked
Coarse salt and pepper to taste

1 cup tomato sauce
3 tbsp. olive oil
3-4 tbsp. Parmesan cheese, grated

  Toss all of your ingredients into a large bowl (except the last three) and using your hands mix until combined.
  Roll mixture into ping-pong-ball-sized meatballs.
  In separate bowl, mix tomato sauce and oil.
  Brush each meatball with tomato sauce topping.
  Sprinkle Parmesan cheese onto each meatball and bake for 15 minutes in the top third of a pre-heated 400F oven.
  Serve with more sauce over pasta with crusty bread!

Adapted from Daydream Kitchen

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Recipes That Pair Perfectly With Milk

Milk goes well with more than just cookies

Recipes That Pair Perfectly With Milk

Recipes That Pair Perfectly With Milk

"Some things just go better with milk Mom," my five-year-old son told me last night. I had just put dinner in front of the kids and had simultaneously asked them what they wanted to drink while reaching in the fridge for the milk that wasn't there.

I had forgotten it, of course. In my post-work-pre-kid-pick-up mad dash through the grocery store, I had grabbed the things we needed for dinner and forgot the milk — in my defense it is always in the very back corner of the grocery store and so easily forgotten.

"We're all out of milk buddy, but Daddy is going to pick it up on his way home." I then offered a whole bunch of other beverage options at which point he made his "better with milk" comment.

It's taco night. In fact, my three-ingredient slow cooker chicken tacos night and he's right, tacos do taste better with milk.

While the kids' glasses sat empty waiting for Daddy to come home with the milk, I sat down to my regular lukewarm dinner and asked (genuinely curious as to what my kids would say) "what else tastes better with milk?" "Cheesy pasta!" my four-year-old daughter yells. By cheesy pasta she means my lightened up baked mac and cheese.

"Sloppy Joes!" my son yelled and at the same time, my nine year old daughter told me "Daddy always drinks milk with your chicken wing soup."
"I think you mean buffalo chicken soup" I said. But she's right — chicken wings do pair well with milk.
"Actually, Mom" my eldest says, "I think my favourite thing to eat with milk is lasagna."

I was surprised. I was certain desserts would outweigh anything I had ever put in front of them for dinner. Honestly, if you asked me, my friend Merry's super chocolatey coca cola cake or her southern peach cobbler would far outweigh everything else as my favourite things to pair with milk. Well, they would be followed closely by a mug full of milky tea with my gingerbread cake.

"What about cookies?" I asked my kids. "Doesn't milk go best with cookies?
At the mere mention of cookies, I started having a craving for my cinnamon oatmeal butterscotch chip cookies or these super yummy honey oatmeal raisin cookies.

Just then my husband walked in the door with the milk I had forgotten, kissed each one of us hello and poured everyone a glass of milk while I started slicing up some oreo brownie cake bars.


Our dinner table suddenly got very quiet with everyone's mouths full of chocolatey dessert and  gulps of milk. Until my son finished his last bite and wiped his chocolate-covered face clean with the sleeve of his shirt and said "see Mom, I told you some things taste better with milk. But I think your cake tasted the best."

I couldn’t argue with him but maybe you can! Head on over to Walmart’s Milk Pairing page and cast your vote on the best foods to pair with milk. It’s super fun to do with the kids and you might be surprised at some of the popular answers—I know I was!

Whether you use it to dunk your cookies or sip while you devour a grilled cheese, milk has its share of food soul mates. Now it’s time to see how your favourite foods paired with milk compare to the rest of Canada.
Visit Milk Every Meal to vote for the foods you think go well with milk and find which ones come out on top.
What will you pair with your milk?