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First Games and Cheesy Meatball Subs 
May 25, 2013 6:08 am 
Updated: Aug. 1, 2013 4:23 pm
I’ve always been an over-protective mom. I do a pretty good job of fighting all those over-protective feelings, most of the time. When my kids were little I would have loved to put them in pads and a helmet to keep them from getting hurt. Of course when the time came to actually put them in pads and a helmet I can’t say that it gave me the warm fuzzy feelings I always imagined.
My youngest son started 7th grade this past year, which here in TX means starting football. I could never decide whether getting the early morning practice was a good thing or not. Getting up so early every day was a pain, but he didn’t have to practice in that hideous TX heat in the afternoon.

The first game they play is always a little more exciting than any other. Finally you get to see what all those early (or late) practices have led up to.

When the big day came we raced to pick up my daughter from choir practice, grabbed my oldest son from his football practice, lucky for us it actually finished on time on game day. Then we were off to be spectators. My husband was super excited. Son #2 playing football! Yay! My daughter was excited to have more games to be someone’s personal cheerleader at. My older son was anxious to see how his baby brother handled himself on the field. And Mom? Well I was excited for him, and nervous.

He played in the Defensive End position. Not that I know where that is or what they do, I know very little about football. You would think after 2 years I would pick something up. Watching the game was definitely fun, and exciting.

My husband was a great motivator. I recommend ear plugs to all who sit near him at a game. Go 68!!! Defense!!! Get the Ball!! Hit ‘em hard!! (Ok this one bothers me, it’s not like those kids are hitting each other with cotton balls, but as this is a phrase that I hear often at games from lots of people I think I’m in the minority)

Little Sis joined in with the cheerleaders to cheer the team on, and picked up whatever Daddy happened to be yelling at the time.

My oldest son sat with his eyes glued to the field, talking. He had played the team earlier that week and so he quietly coached the game from the sidelines. “They’re gonna Pass, Punt, run this play…” I had to ask him if he thought his brother would be able to hear him from the bleachers. Not the point I suppose.

Me? Well my eyes were glued to my son. Praying. Don’t get hurt. Don’t hurt anyone. Get up. Not very many cheers from me, I have a hard time following football. I can never figure out what is going on. It’s more of gasping and sighing, “ouches”, “Who has the ball” and “Was that good for us?”

The game ended up a tie.

It was something else to watch my baby boy, I don’t care if he is taller than I am already he’s still my baby boy.

Here he is after the game. Can’t say he was thrilled with the photo session but a Mom’s got to do what a Mom’s got to do. Poor boy he was exhausted.

Now after a very long day starting with early morning practice, a regular day of school, and then a football game the first question they always ask is “What are we eating?” After a game my boys want Carbs and Meat. And they want it fast. Most of the time they are really good with eating veggies but I noticed after a game by the time they plow through the meat and sides the veggies get a little neglected.

When I received my assignment to create a recipe that makes me think of first games I had to go with Cheesy Turkey Meatball Subs.
You can also find this recipe and a lot of other fabulous recipes here
2 lbs Ground Turkey
10 oz frozen spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
1 medium onion diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 c Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
1/4 c grated Parmesan Cheese
2 eggs
1/4 c milk
2 t Italian Seasoning
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1 1/4 cups Sargento Off the Block Mozzarella Traditional Cut Shredded Cheese
2 T olive oil
2 bell peppers sliced thin
1 onion sliced
2 jars pasta sauce
6 Buns
3/4 Cup Sargento Off the Block Mozzarella Traditional Cut Shredded Cheese
Preheat oven to 400.
In a large mixing bowl combine ground turkey, spinach, onion, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, eggs, milk, Italian Seasoning, cayenne pepper, and garlic. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated evenly.
Mix in Sargento cheese.
Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray.
Form into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on baking tray.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until meatballs reach 180.
While meatballs are baking, heat olive oil in a large heavy bottomed pot. Stir in bell peppers and onion, cook until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add pasta sauce and heat through.
When meatballs are done cooking add them to the sauce and let simmer 30 minutes.
Split buns and fill with bell peppers, onions, and meatballs. Top with additional Sargento Cheese.

My sons both told me they would love these after a game. It has all they want in them. Meat and carbs for them. Veggies to make Mom happy.

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May 25, 2013 6:43 am
Boy did your blog bring back memories from my son's athletic days! My son, too, played football. And he wrestled. And played baseball. And soccer when he was younger. He played baseball through college, graduating in December 2011. Before each and every game or match I said a prayer, "Please God - keep these boys safe and help them to learn something that will make them a better man. Please keep special watch over #22 (that was my son's baseball number)." I miss those days, but lucky for me I now have a dear little boy that is like a grandson to me and he plays soccer. He's only 7 so I have many years of cheering him and his team on! Thank you for sharing - and your meatball subs look fantastic! Good looking son you have there, too!
May 25, 2013 8:42 am
Oh, Rae, I could have written this blog! I knew and still know nothing about football, and all I watched for was to make sure my son, the center, got up after every play! Your meatball subs look great. Congrats on having your recipe chosen by Sargento.
May 25, 2013 3:58 pm
Hi Mother Ann :) Sounds like you had a busy boy! So far we only do football, track one year but that didn't go over well. :) Glad that you have another one to cheer on, it is fun to see them in action. Thank you for stopping by! :)
May 25, 2013 4:01 pm
Hi Paula :) My husband keeps waiting for something to stick in my head but I don't really think its going to happen! Sounds like we both watched for the same reasons :) Thank you for stopping by :)
May 26, 2013 12:24 am
Oh how familiar this is. I attended every game and about half the practices and still have no idea what is happening on the foot ball field even though I understand both basketball and soccer. My boys are only a year apart and both did multi sports. It does get to be a bit much. Those subs look great, I could have used them after games. My advice is don't even bother trying to understand the rules. Just keep your eye on your boy and be proud.
May 27, 2013 7:17 am
Great blog, Rae! I know I will be the same way when my kids get's scary, lol. Your son is handsome and those subs look great!
Jun. 1, 2013 4:02 pm
Great blog, rae, and great job sneaking in some spinach! I have 2 boys, so I understand about carbs and meat!
Aug. 1, 2013 4:23 pm
Rae, I am so excited to try your recipe! It sounds wonderful and I love the way you get those veggies in there!! ;)
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