So this whole meal could be done from scratch in a tiny kitchen, but it’s even easier if you simply assemble.
In our temporary apartment, I’ve had to skip all those delicious Trader Joe’s frozen food items since I don’t have a freezer. It breaks my heart. But last week I was making dinner right when I got home from the store. That meant I could actually use some frozen items since I wouldn’t need to actually freeze them.
I started by warming up the mashed cauliflower in a saucepan. Like I said, if you don’t buy this frozen, you could simply boil cauliflower and mash it with some garlic and stuff. While that was heating up, I cooked some frozen meatballs in the microwave. (Again, you could make meatballs from scratch but that would take significantly more time.) Finally, I did the only bit of actual cooking and sauteed some sliced button mushrooms in a pan with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. Once those looked good, I added jarred pasta sauce to the mushrooms to warm through. I like this sauce to be heavy on the shrooms so you really see them when it’s plated. Once everything is ready, ladle some mashed cauliflower on a plate, put the meatballs on top, cover with mushrooms and sauce, and top with fresh torn basil.
FYI: I used turkey meatballs instead of ground beef since I was using a creamy tomato basil sauce. I felt like I had to even out the health scales a bit. That said, because I PACKED this sauce with mushrooms, I used very little actual sauce. And even though the mash seems decadent, it’s simply cauliflower so this is a super healthy meal. Meatballs are standard weeknight supper fare, but who says spaghetti has to be the other half of the equation?