Local mama business owners share their recipes of success...... for dinner!

October 28, 2014

I recently sat down and chatted with Olga, owner of Brooklyn Groove (102B Nassau Ave, https://www.facebook.com/BrooklynGroove). Once we got passed the beauty talk (her store has an amazing collection of natural and organic beauty products!) we talked about being busy mamas, and I asked her to be a part of our new series - DINNER: OWNED BY MAMA - where local mama business owners share their recipes of success for dinner. Like many mamas, Olga likes to cook once and get at least 2 dinners out of her efforts. She has shared with us her recipe for meatballs with buckwheat.  Her son, Milos, and her husband, Peter, both enjoy this hearty meal. Olga likes making meatballs because they are easy for kids to eat, you can use whatever ground meat and vegetables you have on hand, and they store well. Depending on what she has in the fridge, she will add carrots, zucchini, scallions, mushrooms, cheese, etc.

On this particular batch of meatballs, Olga used: 

  • 1lb ground tukey 
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped 
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 5 carrots, shredded
  • 1 bunch of scallion, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup of flour for coating the meatballs
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper


First, add the onions to a frying pan with some olive oil on a high heat until they soften (about 10 minutes). 
While they are cooking, combine the meat, egg, breadcrumbs, and salt and pepper in a bowl and mix.
Then add the carrots, scallions, and garlic to the pan, cooking for about 20 minutes. 
Add the softened vegetables to the meat mixture and mix well. Form small meatballs, and coat them with the flour before adding them into the frying pan, along with some oil, for about 15 minutes.   
Olga usually gets 40-50 small meatballs from this recipe, which is plenty for her, her husband, and her 2 year old son. Olga serves them Polish style - with buckwheat and pickles. This is a great meal because you can use this basic outline and just switch up what meat or what vegetables you have on hand for a quick and delicious dinner! 


Posted by Erica




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