Mar 4, 2010

Meatballs in a Variety of Delicious Ways

This recipe is so versatile!  The base recipe for these Meatballs can be used in a number of ways, including spaghetti, or meat loaf.  Try not to be scared of the tofu if you've never had it.  It is cheap, healthy in moderation, full of protein and has hardly any taste what so ever.  It is a great substitute for the bread crumbs and makes the meatballs tender and moist.  I will reveal more great ways to dress up these meatballs later on, so sign up for emails and be alerted when a new recipe comes out!

 Meatball Dish Number One: Meatballs with Sweet Ginger Citrus Sauce Over Brown Rice with Vegetables.
Not only is this meatball recipe versatile but so is this sauce.  It is fantastic over chicken and pairs wonderfully with creamy ranch dressing.  It is quite the treat so eat it in moderation.

To make the meatballs
1 pound ground meat of your choice.  Turkey is low in fat, so lower calories and makes a great choice.
1 package silken or soft tofu.  You can find this in the produce refrigerator section of your grocery store.
2-3 tsp salt.  ( TIP: To test the salt content of raw meat before cooking, take a small piece only and cook it in the microwave or in a skillet.)

Mix all ingredients in a mixer or by hand until the tofu is thoroughly mixed in.  Take an ice-cream scoop with a release handle and use it to form your balls or do it by hand.

Cook 350 for about 45 minutes.  Meat balls should be firm, slightly browned on top and cooked through.

This is a base recipe.  This is how I keep my family coming back to the table.  I take base recipe's and change them up.  It's easy for me and no one gets bored.  For example, if I wanted to add these to spaghetti I would add basil, oregano, garlic, onion and pepper.  Same recipe, new flair, super simple.

Sweet Ginger Citrus Sauce:
1 1/4 C Water
1 TB Cornstarch
3/4 C Brown Sugar
1/4 C Soy Sauce
2 TB Fresh Ginger (If you don't have fresh use dry)
1 tsp Fresh Garlic
2 TB Lime Juice
1 TB Lemon Juice
1/4 tsp Red Pepper flakes for those who like it hot.

Throw it all in a sauce pan and mix it with a whisk, then bring it to a boil, turn it down and let it simmer until it turns glazey and thick.  Pour it over your meatballs and plop them over some brown rice with some steamed veggies on the side.  ENJOY!