BBQ Meatball Subs with Spinach Mayo – Perfect for Budget Meals

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I’ve made dinner for you tonight – BBQ Meatball Subs with Spinach Mayo.



You’ll love them. As much as I cook (and pretty much live at the grocery store), sometimes it’s nice to have some simple dinners that I can count on that don’t require a lot of ingredients – in other words – budget friendly meals.

As you all know, I would love to be a full time blogger, but I’m an registered nurse and we need the benefits (and money). We have two teenagers; one about to go to college and one in high school.

At the same time, I’m not a big fan of boring or plain. I need variety and spice in my foodie life! Although I love to spend forever in the kitchen playing and prepping (yes, I love chopping; it’s therapeutic for me), sometimes after a long day of work I need something a little easier.

I’ve teamed up with #cbias and Kraft to create a meal under $20.00. Yes, under $20.00.   I find myself going to the grocery store literally almost daily because I have a husband and two teenagers that have appetites that cannot be reigned in. I got my ingredients at Wal-Mart, which made it very possible, which included Kraft Ranch Dressing (it was $1.98!).  I have definitely realized that if I’m going to save money on my grocery bill, Wal-Mart is where I have to go.

Most of us experience how tight it is financially around the 1st and 15th of every month. Every time I go to Wal-Mart (I’m so glad we finally have one in Helena!), I’m reminded of how much more I spend going to other stores.




These are my BBQ Ranch Meatball Subs. I added an unexpected element; spinach mayo. I know you’re wondering if this is good or not – but let me just tell you – it works! The bread with the spinach mayo alone was luscious. I probably ate an entire roll using it as a dip while making these. Couldn’t help it.

This dinner cost me literally $19 and some change. For that we got 6 meatballs subs with an iceberg and tomato salad with Ranch dressing for six.




My husband and I are always complaining about how much food costs. Our grocery bill is absolutely ridiculous. I know we have two teenagers, but still – it’s insane!! This little project was eye opening – We  spent under $20.00 and got an entire dinner for all of us.




It was fantabulous.




Here’s your printable-

BBQ Meatball Subs with Spinach Mayo


  • 1 lb. ground round
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup and 2 tbsp Kraft Mayo, divided
  • 1/2 cup and 1 tbsp Kraft Barbecue Sauce, divided
  • 1 10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/2 cup Kraft Ranch Dressing
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 6 slices Kraft Natural Provolone Cheese Slices
  • 1 package sub rolls
  • Fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped (optional)


  • For the meatballs, mix the ground round, 2 tbsp of mayo, 1 tbsp of BBQ sauce, salt and pepper in a bowl thoroughly. Roll into golf ball size meatballs, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • To make the spinach mayo; combine the spinach and 1 cup of mayo, cover and refrigerate.
  • Now for the BBQ Ranch, combine the ranch dressing and 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, cover and refrigerate.
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Heat the oil over medium-high heat and add the meatballs. Brown for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook until done; about 7-10 minutes.
  • Spread each sub roll (both sides) with spinach mayo and bake for 4-5 minutes, until a little bubbly. Remove and cover with foil to keep them warm.
  • When meatballs are done, turn the heat off and place cheese slices over meatballs. Cover until melted.
  • To assemble, place meatballs on the bottom of sub rolls using a spatula and drizzle with Ranch BBQ sauce.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley, if desired.
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  • Julieane
    December 10, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Wow! I really liked this BBQ Meatball Subs with Spinach Mayo. I made my own spinach mayo for the first time and I really liked it. Thanks for this inspiration.

  • Michelle
    September 26, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    This looks so delicious! What a great idea, and yep that spinach mayo sounds amazing! #client

  • Sarah @ Little Red Brick House
    September 26, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Oh my goodness these look divine! Thank you for linking up to #SoMe2. See ya next week!

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