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Honey Garlic Meatballs

Honey Garlic Meatballs

These honey garlic meatballs are easy to make and the whole family will love them! Serve over rice or quinoa for an easy and tasty meal!These honey garlic meatballs are easy to make and the whole family will love them! Serve over rice or quinoa for an easy and tasty meal!

Anyone else’s kids go crazy for meatballs?  Is that a universal thing, or is it just my kids?

If I announce there’s meatballs for dinner, there’s actually cheering that happens.  Although, when you get a cheering squad for your cooking instead of moans and groans it does make you want to repeat the meal in the very near future.  They might be on to something.

These honey garlic meatballs are easy to make and the whole family will love them! Serve over rice or quinoa for an easy and tasty meal!

I do find it a little funny that they love meatballs no matter how they’re served.  Spaghetti and meatballs (always more of a hit then spaghetti meat sauce – even though it’s almost exactly the same thing), these sweet and sour meatballs, this meatball souvlaki, or these honey garlic meatballs – they’re all gobbled up in a record amount of time.

It makes me double the meatball recipe (or triple even!) every time I make them so that I can have some cooked and ready to eat meatballs sitting in the freezer for a very fast meal another night!

These honey garlic meatballs are easy to make and the whole family will love them! Serve over rice or quinoa for an easy and tasty meal!

I’ve been looking for a homemade honey garlic sauce that I like as much as the store-bought stuff for a very long time.  I hate buying pre-made sauces when I know that it’s probably just a handful of ingredients mixed together that I already have.  But I haven’t loved any of the recipes I’ve tried.  This honey garlic sauce is great though, and I loved it as soon as I took my first bite.

Coating some tasty meatballs and veggies in this honey garlic stir-fry sauce was just the obvious next step!  Served over rice (or quinoa if you prefer), this made a fantastic meal.  I was sad that there were no leftovers.

Although I shouldn’t have been surprised, considering the meatball fanatics that my children are!

These honey garlic meatballs are easy to make and the whole family will love them! Serve over rice or quinoa for an easy and tasty meal!

Tips for perfect Honey Garlic Meatballs:

  • the meatball portion of the recipe can be doubled or tripled quite easily and the cooked and cooled meatballs frozen in ziplock bags for future super fast meals – I almost always do this
  • you can also freeze the meatballs in the sauce so you can just defrost and reheat it – I haven’t tried freezing the bell peppers and snap peas with it though as I prefer to add them in fresh when reheating
  • to form the meatballs, I like to use a cookie scoop to portion all the meat mixture out quickly onto a cookie sheet and then roll them with my hands so they’re tightly formed balls – the cookie scoop speeds up the process a bit
  • I usually use half ground turkey and half ground beef, but all of one meat would be fine for this recipe too
  • here are a few more great stir-fry recipes for you: Peanut Chicken Stir-FryTeriyaki Chicken Stir-Fry and Asian Stir Fried Broccoli
Yield: serves 4

Honey Garlic Meatballs

Honey Garlic Meatballs

These honey garlic meatballs are easy to make and the whole family will love them! Serve over rice or quinoa for an easy and tasty meal!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

For the meatballs:

  • 1/2 pound (225g) ground beef
  • 1/2 pound (225g) ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup milk (any kind)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch

For the stir-fry:

  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 2 cups snap peas
  • green onions, chopped (for serving)
  • sesame seed (for serving)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, ground turkey, egg, milk, breadcrumbs, onion, salt and Worcestershire sauce until well combined.
  3. Form the mixture into 1 1/2 tablespoon sized balls (I like to use a cookie scoop to make this faster) and place them on a rimmed cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes until cooked through (cut one in half to make sure there is no more pink in the middle).
  5. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the chicken broth, honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, and corn starch until well combined and set aside.
  6. In a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat, saute the red pepper and snap peas until softened, about 2 minutes.
  7. Add the sauce and bring it to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  8. Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  9. Stir in the cooked meatballs and let them simmer in the sauce for another minute, or until you are ready to eat.
  10. Serve over hot cooked rice or quinoa, sprinkled with green onions and sesame seeds if you like.

Notes

You can use any combination of meat for this recipe. I usually use half ground beef and half ground turkey but all of one kind would work just fine too. This meal freezes well once it's prepared if you make a double recipe and freeze half for a later meal. I always leave out the red pepper and snap peas if I'm freezing it and just add them in fresh when reheating though.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 602Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 1307mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 5gSugar: 35gProtein: 39g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.

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