Sick Days (Meatball subs)

I have a few rules about sick days. 

You know those days you wake up and feel completely crappy. Or you are pregnant. (I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m usually sick for a good deal of my pregnancy…No this isn’t an announcement.)


1. Do the freakin’ dishes. Seriously. I know that sometimes it is hard to even get out of bed, but if I don’t do the dishes they just pile up in the sink ALL DAY until my poor husband gets home and has a mess to deal with. It bugs me and it really bugs him, so I empty the dishwasher in the morning and put the dishes in on sick days. Sometimes that is all I do in regards to the dishes, but it makes it easier for me to lounge on the couch the rest of the day watching Dr. Who and Hubby doesn’t have a mess to deal with when he gets home (exhausted) from a 12 hour day.

2. One load of laundry. Notice that I didn’t say anything about folding or putting away said laundry. That can wait until you feel a bit better, but at least you aren’t staring at a huge pile of laundry and no clean underwear when you are finally better. 

3. Figure out dinner. I plan my dinners a month in advance, so usually I just figure out the easiest meal that week and go for that one. Sometimes we have boxed macaroni and cheese, but heck that will work too. I also have a stash of frozen crockpot meals that I can thaw then chuck in my pressure cooker for an hour right before dinner. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or fancy (grilled cheese made by hubby is always an option) but plan for SOMETHING. Then you won’t have hungry kids and husband staring at you at the end of the day on the couch wondering where the food is while you are trying not to throw up. Take out is always an option too if you can afford it or it is available to you. (We almost never can, and we live in a small town where a lot of the good restaurants close at 4pm.)

(Explanation of the last one. Hubby can’t cook. No really. If I don’t figure out the food, we don’t eat at our house. After three years of marriage I finally stopped expecting hubby to take over dinner on a day I didn’t feel good or was having a rough day, because he just DOESN’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. And at the time we couldn’t afford a pizza or take out or other pre-made meals, so I HAD to figure out the food. Now I keep a healthy stock of stuff in the freezer that Hubby can do. He is a dump and cook kind of person, so that is what I plan for. Now after almost 6 years, we usually have SOMETHING we can eat on the days I can’t make dinner.)

So I woke up today feeling pretty crappy. It was a combination of things, but the bottom line was that it was going to be a long day. 

I had promised a friend that I would bring her and her family dinner tonight (they are moving tomorrow, SNIFF SNIFF!), so I had to get up and figure that out. Luckily I had already planned out the whole meal and had all the ingredients. All I had to do was put it together (and make some extra meatballs, because the stupid frozen pack I made didn’t have enough…stupid frozen food…Also, I’m making this meal for 12 people, so I should have bought two packs…)

Meatball Subs

1 pack of frozen meatballs (or make your own. I just used a recipe from my trusty Betty Crocker)

1 jar of marinara sauce (I used this recipe from Our Best Bites. It’s one of my favorites because it just calls for tomato paste, water and some spices. YUM!)

1 pack of sub rolls (or you can make your own, I didn’t have time or I would have)

8oz of shredded mozzarella.


So mix the frozen meatballs (precook your meatballs if you are making your own) and the marinara sauce in the crockpot and let it cook until the meatballs are done. Stir GENTLY or you will break up your meatballs. 

Right before dinner, put the subs in a pan. You want them to be the kind that open on one side but are connected on the other. Put Meatballs in the subs (as many as you feel like. I think I’m going to do three, because mine are big) then top with mozzarella cheese. Let broil in the oven until the cheese is nice and melty. 



I got this recipe from Here. I tweaked it very slightly to fit my circumstances, but it seemed like a good sick day meal. One you toss in the crockpot and forget about until dinner. Even Hubby could put the meatballs in the subs and broil them. I think.

I shouldn’t make fun of Hubby. Some people love to cook and others can’t stand it. Hubby tells me that he thinks it is a lot of work for it to be gone in ten minutes. See I think that ten minute meal, IF IT IS DONE RIGHT is totally worth it. I like to cook though. And I really like food. Good food…