I'm a planner. I have our weekly meal plans scheduled at least a week in advance, sometimes two. The meal plans often go through minor tweaks throughout the week but this week? My plan somehow fell apart. Not necessarily in a bad way, but somehow this week I didn't have some ingredients for a dish (and refused to run to the store), my husband had a more frustrating day which clearly called for pizza, or I realized (in advance, thankfully) that a recipe was way too time-consuming for a weekday. And then there was that incident with the dishcloth that started to smolder when I turned on the wrong burner on the stove.
But even though we've only had 1 meal that was originally on the week's menu, we've still eaten well. Case in point: these teriyaki meatballs which were thrown on last night's menu primarily because I had all the ingredients and I had already prepped a Thai slaw. But somehow, this meal came together so well!
Although there were a few components, each step was pretty simple. Rice into a rice cooker? Check. Mix ingredients together and form the meatballs? Check. While the meatballs bake, make the teriyaki sauce? Check. Everything was excellent, too! The sauce was a great complement to the meatballs and the rice helps to soak up all the sauce. We served it with a little extra sriracha sauce and sesame seeds alongside the Thai slaw and some edamame. It was as if I had planned this meal all along.
PS - The meatballs and teriyaki sauce would also make great appetizers!
Teriyaki Meatballs with Carrot Rice
Meatballs and Rice taken from Martha Stewart
Teriyaki Sauce taken from Cookin Canuck
Serves 4-6 (more if used as appetizers)
- 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
- 1 1/2 pounds ground dark-meat turkey or ground pork (I used ground beef instead)
- 3 scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced (I used minced red onion)
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves (I omitted)
- 4 teaspoons fish sauce
- 4 teaspoons hot-pepper sauce (preferably Sriracha)
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- Extra Sriracha and sesame seeds, for serving (optional)
- Carrot Rice:
- 1 cup long-grain white rice (I used brown rice in a rice cooker instead)
- 1 carrot, shredded
- Teriyaki Sauce:
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp minced fresh ginger (I didn't have so I used a dash or two of ground ginger)
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook rice according to directions (brown rice will take longer). Remove from heat and top with carrot. Let stand, covered, 5 minutes, then stir in carrot and fluff rice with a fork.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine breadcrumbs and 3 tablespoons water. Let stand 5 minutes. Add turkey, scallion whites, cilantro, fish sauce, hot-pepper sauce, sugar, garlic, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Gently mix to combine and form into 12 regular meatballs or 24 smaller meatballs. Place the meatballs in a muffin pan.
- Bake meatballs until cooked through, 10-15 minutes (depending on the size).
- While the meatballs are baking, in a small saucepan, combine rice vinegar, brown sugar, water, soya sauce, 1/4 cup canola oil, ginger, garlic, flour, and sesame seeds. Whisk the sauce together and place over medium heat. Simmer until the sauce is slightly thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. Keep warm.
- Serve meatballs with rice, scallion greens (optional), sauce, Sriracha (optional) and sesame seeds.