Busy Weekday Meal: Crock-Pot Meatball Subs


Posted by Alicia Sell


Now that my kids are older, our weeks are filled with activities that keep us going ALL DAY LONG. In fact, a typical school week involves us running to practices and games 4 out of 5 days.   The second my kids get home from school, it is a race to get homework done, uniforms on and out the door to practice or games.  Here is a snapshot of the kids on our way home from practices.  Again, this is a typical scene on any given weekday (though they’re not always smiling).


Because our schedule is so busy, meals are a challenge.  I have three options:

1 Have a meal ready to eat before we leave.
2. Make a meal when we get home (which is usually between 7:30 – 9 pm)
3. Eat a lot of fast food.

Let me be clear – my family can not handle eating after 6 pm.  They turn into angry creatures that NO ONE wants to be around.  So number 2 is only for emergency situations.  Two years ago we did a lot of eating out.  We had a weekly rotation of Wendy’s, a local salad bar, Pizza, and Subway.  It was fun at first, but then it got to the point where eating out was not that fun and we all gained weight because we weren’t selecting healthy eating options.

So last year I decided if we were going to change I needed to be a meal planner.  This was a serious struggle for me, because if you notice the list of meals my sisters make (proteins and veggies galore) vs. my meals (muffins and stromboli) it is safe to say recipes are not my strongest skill.  But I hunkered down and made it my professional mom goal to find a list of quick homemade meals that we could eat before games.  The current “quick meal” rotation consists of 12 meals, but I am always looking to expand that list.  (Reply in the comment section if you have a favorite recipe you use that is quick and easy that I should try.)

Today I am sharing with you the easiest, fastest, recipe in my quick meal arsenal – Crock-Pot Meatball Subs.  There are many fantastic meatball recipes out there, which you can make and freeze ahead of time and pull out when you need to use them.  Since we are still stuck in the middle of a house move that has dragged on forever, I will be completely honest and admit I used the store bought meatballs this time since we had used all the meatballs in the freezer.  No judging!

So this is how easy this meal is.  It almost doesn’t feel fair to call this a “recipe” but here it is.

Step 1 – Take out delicious frozen meatballs (homemade or otherwise).


Step 2 – Put meatballs in the Crock-Pot.


Step 3 – Add your favorite spaghetti sauce (homemade or ….you know otherwise).


Step 4 – Set Crock-Pot for 4 hours.


Step 5 – Serve on buns with lots of cheese.


Step 6 – Sit back and enjoy all of the compliments your kids throw your way.

Step 7 – Ask husband to clean up because you made dinner.  Fair is fair.

This is great for busy game nights, but it is also great for parties, tailgating, game nights, etc.  We typically serve ours with broccoli or another type of green veggie.  Enjoy!


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3 thoughts on “Busy Weekday Meal: Crock-Pot Meatball Subs

  1. Mary Ann says:

    Alicia you crack me up! If the fam likes this sort of thing – super easy – pork loin or tenderloin and a bag of sauerkraut (the kind they sell refrigerated near the meats), slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours. Boom. Done. Whip up some mashed potatoes and a veggie (frozen steamable bags are quick, or roasting doesn’t take all that long), and voila!

  2. Sarah Gallup says:

    I think I’ll make up some of my fabulous meatballs and freeze them. (Grape jelly and spicy BBQ sauce– not a lot of grape jelly, just enough!)

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