Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Meatballs-Asian Style.

Last night I was craving asian food, which happens very often, so I thought about what I had in the freezer, and what I had in the fridge. I had some ground beef I wanted to use so I thought instead of making traditional Italian Meatballs, I could "Nichify" it and make asian style instead. Here is what I came up with:

Meatball Ingredients:

1lb Lean ground beef
1 Inch finely grated fresh ginger
Teriyaki Sauce
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
1 medium egg
Salt and Pepper
1 tbsp milk
(i forgot to add garlic, you can add some if you want)


Preheat oven to 375. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Make 1 inch meatballs and place on a foil-lined pan. Bake 15-20 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.

Meanwhile. Make sauce for the meatballs.

Sauce Ingredients:

1 cup of your favorite Teriyaki Sauce
1/4 cup honey
1/2 inch fresh ginger, finely grated
1 garlic clove, finely grated
1/4 tsp hot sauce.
2 tbsps water

Combine all ingredients in a microwaveable bowl. Heat in microwave for 1 minute, stir half-way through.

In a medium bowl coat the cooked meatballs with the sauce.

And youre done!


Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Let's be honest here. Not everything I make is totally awesome and flawless. Here's a lessson learned from tonight's dinner.

When cooking chicken breast, take them out right away when they are done. Or else they WILL overcook. DO NOT leave them in the oven even for a second longer. Take them out and serve them right away. Chicken breast is tricky to cook, but when done with care they will come out juicy and perfect every time.

DO NOT EVER think of dinner as something that can be forgotten about and it will be fine. Take dinner seriously. Dinner time should be an enjoyable time spent with the ones you love. Take pride in what you are cooking! Don't neglect your food and always put effort into it. Don't be scared to try new things.

I say all this because I struggle with every one of those things at times. Sometimes I forget how much I really love to cook for my family. But then when I choose to suck it up and get in the kitchen, it turns out to be rewarding every single time!!

Ok...not every one LOVES to cook, I understand. But your family will appreciate you and you are creating some strong morals in your children as well. You are teaching them to cook and provide for their own families one day.

We all make mistakes in the kitchen, just REMEMBER to learn from them!

DINNER TIME IS IMPORTANT!!! (even if it's just sandwiches or cereal some nights!!!)