Chinese Meatballs


My mom made us these meatballs when we were at her house recently. Not sure if these are the exact proportions of ingredients she used but I think I got it pretty close. They are a little salty from the soy sauce, a little sweet from the maple syrup, a little savory from the garlic, and very healthy overall.

We serve it over quinoa or rice with some sautéed broccoli or zucchini. Or we will just use them as the main dish and make a couple sides. Like last night I made these meatballs with some sesame roasted green beans and garlic roasted sweet potatoes. The meatballs are also good crumbled on top of a salad the next day.

Chinese Meatballs

serves 4

1 lb ground turkey, chicken, pork, beef or a combination

1 clove garlic, minced

1 Tbs soy sauce

2 tsp maple syrup

1 tsp freshly grated ginger (or heaping 1/8 tsp ground)

1/2 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp olive oil

Combine all ingredients besides oils. Shape into 1 inch balls.

Heat oils in pan over medium heat (keep oil from getting to its smoke point). When heated, drop meatballs into oil. Cook 5 minutes, turn, cook another 5-10 minutes.

If sauteeing broccoli or another veggie to put over rice with the meatballs add a little chicken broth (1/4 cup) to the pan to get all the drippings loose then sautee the vegetables. It will make a little sauce.

nutritional information:

calories: 244

fat: 10.2 g

sodium: 324 mg (13%)

carbohydrates: 3 g

sugars: 2 g

protein: 33 g


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