Cup-a , Cup-a, Quick Weeknight Meal-Broccoli Cheddar Rice with Spinach and BBQ Meatballs

Today was a big day. I had a long, yet productive day at work-accounting out the wazoo. I picked up my son from school as I do during my lunch every day. Typically I pick him up from the bus in front of our home, but the poor kid has been spending over an hour stuck in that yellow heat trap of a twinkie everyday. So I finally got to meet his teacher when I went to the school. I was privileged to discuss his autism treatments and homework and classwork progress, too. She was very pleasant and I see a great parent/teacher relationship there. In fact, she even emailed me already! Then I took my boy back to work with me as I always do and set up his homework for him to complete next to me. He completed 8 pages! (Proud mommy!)
Well since daddy picked up the other two boys to take the youngest to the doctor and the oldest to soccer practice, I had time with just my baby and me. —He’s going to be 7 years old tomorrow!!!— We got the oil changed in daddy’s car and got ice cream cones together. Such a treat.
Not so much in the mood for cooking when I got home and also content from the Dairy Queen cones, I had no idea what to make for dinner.
So I scrimmaged through the freezer and pulled out some frozen meatballs, then hit up the refrigerator for BBQ sauce, molasses and ketchup. And finally pulled out some rice, broccoli, spinach and cheddar. And made dinner. And it was on the table in 30 minutes. Whew, long day wrapped up!
Cup-a, Cup-a Broccoli Cheddar Rice with Spinach
1 cup long grain white rice, uncooked
1 cup broccoli, chopped
1 cup spinach, chopped
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 cups water
splash milk (optional)
Bring water and rice to boil in a saucepan over medium heat. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered 10-15 minutes, until most of the water is absorbed. Add chopped broccoli, replace cover and simmer until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat. Stir in spinach and cheddar cheese. Add a splash of milk for extra creaminess, if desired.
Serves 4. Prep 5 min. Cook 30 min.
Speedy BBQ Meatballs
20 frozen meatballs
1/3 cup BBQ sauce of choice
1/3 cup water
2 Tb ketchup
1 Tb black strap or regular molasses
Combine sauce ingredients. Pour over frozen meatballs in medium saucepan and simmer, stirring occasionally. Cook until bubbly and meatballs are heated through, about 10-15 minutes.
Serve meatballs on skewers.
Serves 4. Prep 2 min. Cook 15 min.
A Finicky Shark’s food can’t touch!

The meatballs were a huge hit and not a drop of food was left! (My finicky shark added corn to his meal.)
Well that wrapped up my evening nicely. Scrubbed the boys in the shower line-up, wrote this baby up and off to slumber land.
Do you have a quick weeknight meal you’d like to share? Let me know and I’ll do a weeknight meal feature. 🙂

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