Food Hussy Recipe: Meatball Sandwiches 3-Ways with IKEA

This post is sponsored by IKEA but all opinions are my own.

I am kind of a fan girl with IKEA - and I'm excited to be an IKEA Ambassador for the next year in partnership with the West Chester store here in Ohio! I'll be sharing recipes as well as fun finds from my favorite store!

We're starting off with what they're best known for - MEATBALLS! But the thing is - you don't just have to have these meatballs Swedish style! So I created three recipes for meatball sandwiches that are super quick, easy and - most importantly - delicious!

I started out with a frozen bag of IKEA meatballs (mottbullar) - they have three styles now: regular, chicken and veggie. I used the regular meatballs for all of these recipes. I also picked up a bag of the Ikea Soft Bread (Brod Mjukkaka) to use for the bread. I quickly became a fan of the bread too! 

If you're not familiar - they have a whole food market downstairs near the checkouts! The bread and meatballs are in the freezer section and are affordable at just $7.99-$8.99 for meatballs and $1.99 for the bread! 

#1 is the Meatball Parmesan sandwich - the ingredients are super simple - and likely already in your cupboard! Marinara, provolone cheese and Parmesan cheese.

I warmed up the bread in the microwave for just like 30 seconds and then topped it with the meatballs, marinara, provolone and Parmesan cheese.

Then popped it into the oven for 7-9 minutes and it's ready! Just enough time for the cheese to melt and the sauce to heat up.

Then - dig in! It was really good! I heated up all of the meatballs ahead of time - which can be done in the microwave or oven - then did the toppings. It was so simple and exactly the way I liked it!

#2 BBQ Meatballs! I grabbed an onion and some sauce from my friends at Historic BBQ and came up with sandwich #2!

This was super easy - I just carmelized some onion and then topped the sandwich with the onions and sauce. Now you could add cheese and broil but I just went simple.

#3 Greek Meatball Sandwich! This was my original idea after tasting the IKEA meatballs on their own - they reminded me of gyro meat so I grabbed Greek yogurt, tomato, cucumber and kalamata olives for this one. 

I made a quick Tzatziki sauce (Greek yogurt, dill, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper) - it is so easy to whip up and yummy too. I used the leftovers on some Greek chicken the next day. It'll keep for a few days in the fridge - so you've got time. Then I made a little topping bar for this one - onion, cucumber, tomato and olives.

 I can easily say the Greek was my favorite - I love the sauce and it was very similar to a gyro!

The meatballs from IKEA are such a great quick weeknight dinner option - you just heat them up in the oven or microwave and you're ready to go. I wanted to show you their versatility by bringing out three unique ways (other than the traditional Swedish) to meatball it up!

Also - for the rest of November every Monday is Meatball Madness at the restaurant - you get 8 meatballs and 2 sides for just $1.99! And a Kids Meal for 99 cents from 2pm-close!

You can find more food offers here’ 

1. Meatball Parmesan Sandwich

- IKEA meatballs
- IKEA soft bread
- jarred marinara
- provolone cheese
- shredded Parmesan cheese

* Heat meatballs per package instructions
* Preheat oven to broil
* Spray cookie sheet with light coat of cooking spray
* Layer bread with meatballs, marinara, provolone cheese and Parmesan 
* Broil until cheese is melted and starts to brown

2. BBQ Meatball Sandwich

- IKEA meatballs
- IKEA soft bread
- BBQ sauce
- onions, sliced and sliced

* Heat meatballs per package instructions
* Layer bread with meatballs, sauteed onion slices and BBQ sauce 

3. Greek Meatball Sandwich

- IKEA meatballs
- IKEA soft bread
- quick Tzatziki (see above)
- tomato, diced
- onion, diced
- cucumber diced

* Heat meatballs per package instructions
* Layer bread with meatballs, Tzatziki, tomato, onion and cucumber

Food Hussy Restaurant Review: Double J Cafe - Goshen, OH

I'm always interested in finding local spots near my house - I've been to the Music Cafe which is super close a number of times - mainly for takeout - but it's a favorite of ours for sure. 

So when I drove the other way - towards Goshen - I was happy to come across the Double J Cafe. It's a cute little yellow building and they have a nice logo (I work in marketing - I notice those things) - so I wanted to stop by.

It took a few months for me to find the occasion and find them open - they're closed Sunday & Monday. Here's a shot of their Saturday breakfast menu - they also have lunch items. I was set on breakfast - my friend Dawn was set on lunch so it was perfect for us.

Dawn got pulled pork with macaroni & cheese. Unfortunately she said it really didn't have much flavor and she didn't care for it.

I went for breakfast - which requires many plates - first pancakes - they were fine.

Then I got a side of gravy - if there's sausage gravy - I have to try it. Unfortunately I didn't care for it. It was a bit gloppy and not creamy.

Then I got eggs, bacon and potatoes - these were fine - the bacon was great. The atmosphere is nice - it's very cute and clean and modern (Music Cafe is the opposite - old, dark and very dated).

Why Should You Go: Well - we enjoyed eating in the Double J - but we didn't really enjoy the food too much. :-(

Double J Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food Hussy Recipe: Salmon & Mushroom Alfredo

Sometimes you look in the fridge and think - what the hell am I going to have for dinner??? This is exacerbated when you're cooking for one. Many times it ends in tortilla chips and salsa for dinner - but tonight was different! 

I had mushrooms, cooked linguine and leftover salmon. I'd made one big piece of salmon for dinner the night before and thought - oh I'll figure out what to do with it. And I did!

 I also had Parmesan cheese and cream in the fridge - so I decided to wing some alfredo! I've never really had alfredo on salmon but I like both so what the hell!

I sauteed the mushrooms in butter first - then added the cream. I'm not even completely sure on the amounts - it depends on how many people you're making it for - but I'd say for one it was 1/3-1/2 cup.

 I let that cook for a bit and then added 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese. Stir & simmer - it thickened up quick. I used salted butter so didn't even really need to add salt. While this was simmering - I reheated the pasta and salmon in the microwave for a couple of minutes.

And voila - ten minutes and dinner was served! It was delicious! Salmon - especially reheated can be a little dry - so it was great to have a sauce for it. And I'm a sucker for mushrooms - can't go wrong there. There's no real mystery to Alfredo - it's very simple - and if you don't have cream - you can use milk - you just need a little extra butter to make it thick.

Salmon Alfredo

* 1 salmon fillet, cooked
* 1 cup sliced mushrooms
* 2 T butter
* 1/2 cup cream
* 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
* Pasta

- Heat skillet and melt butter
- Add mushrooms and saute
- Pour in cream and simmer
- Add cheese, stir and simmer until thickened
- Serve over salmon and pasta

Food Hussy Giveaway: Outback Steakhouse Charity Give Back

--> To celebrate OutbackSteakhouse’s grand opening in Springdale, the restaurant is hosting a Charity Give-Back event in support of the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields. A portion of sales for the day will go directly to the organization.

Outback Steakhouse is celebrating its newest restaurant in Springdale by inviting the community to enjoy great food and fun while providing the opportunity to give back to a local cause. The restaurant will replace the previous location at 11790 Springfield Pike and will feature a new “Modern Australia” building design both inside and out.

This Wednesday November 16, from 11am-10pm they will be opening the Springdale location and supporting the Joe Nuxhall Miracle Leagues. 

You can also stop by their official ceremony where there's a ribbon cutting at 11:15am with the Springdale and Fairfield Chambers of Commerce. 

Outback Steakhouse
11700 Princeton Pike
Cincinnati OH 45246

Outback Steakhouse starts fresh every day with grilled steaks and everybody's favorite - the Bloomin Onion! I'm personally addicted to their Aussie Cheese Fries and the Alice Springs Chicken. How about you? 

They also have a great seafood menu as well as salads, soups and sides of course. And you can earn up to 50% off every fourth visit by joining Dine Rewards. To find out more - check them out on Facebook

Photo Courtesy of Joe Nuxhall Miracle League

The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields is a team of people that believe that EVERY child should get the chance to play baseball. The vision is to be the most comprehensive family sports facility for children and adults with disasbilities. Their mission is to provide a unique, fun and safe sports experience for special needs players and their families. 

And now - you can win a $50 gift card to Outback for yourself to visit their newly remodeled location! Enjoy!

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