Thursday, March 31, 2016

Asian-Inspired Turkey Meatballs with Carrot Rice

I love meatballs, but my husband is rather indifferent toward them. He thinks they're too ordinary and too much work for all the fuss. I wanted to convince him there was a better way, so I decided to mix up the meat and the style. Italian meatballs are great, but Asian-inspired meatballs are over the top good.

1 cup white rice
1 cup shredded carrots
1½ lbs ground turkey
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 green onions, diced
1 egg
1/3 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
4 tsp sugar
4 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp sriracha
1 Tbsp water
1 clove garlic, minced
Lime wedges, for serving

  1. Bring 1½ cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Pour in the rice and again bring to a boil. Cover the saucepan and reduce to a simmer. Let the rice simmer about 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat and place the shredded carrot on top of the rice. Cover and let the rice and carrots sit for about 5-7 minutes. Using a fork stir in the carrot and fluff the rice.
  3. While the rice is cooking, prepare the meatballs. Combine the turkey, breadcrumbs, egg, green onions, cilantro, sugar, soy sauce, sriracha, the 1 tablespoon of water, and a dash of salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Mix until well combined.
  4. Scoop out a tablespoon of the mixture and form into a meatball. Place on a foil-lined and sprayed cookie sheet. Repeat until all meatballs have been prepared.
  5. Spray the meatballs with cooking spray and broil for about 10-15 minutes, or until the meatballs are browned and cooked.
  6. Serve the meatballs alongside the carrot rice.
The meatballs are juicy and packed with flavor. They're also small enough that's it's hard to undercook them. If you're afraid of ground turkey, don't be! It's delicious, although it can run a bit pricey at some stores. 

My husband loved these meatballs. They were different enough for him to really enjoy, and the carrot rice was a favorite, especially with my self-proclaimed vegetarian daughter.T

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Masshole Mommy said...

We always use turkey instead of beef when we make meatballs. My kids never know the difference.

Karen Morse said...

Love meatballs as a meal. I generally do turkey meatballs (versus beef), but never tried them Asian inspired. I would totally be interested in making these - I can imagine that they are really yummy!
Karen |

Kait said...

I love meatballs! I usually have ground turkey on hand, so that's what I use, but any kind are delicious for me! This Asian-inspired recipe sounds like something my husband and I would love! Thanks for sharing :)

Mariah said...

Great recipe! Meatballs are always a hit around here since we can eat as much or as little as we want that way! I would love to do a guest post for you sometime!

Rachel Langer said...

These look very tasty and easy to make. I like that the carrots bring color to the rice - and some vitamins!

Logan Cantrell said...

I haven't had meatballs in forever! This looks so delicious and fairly easy to make! I will add this to my list of recipes to try!

Heather Lawrence said...

We use turkey in our meatballs too. The kids don't know the difference! You have me intrigued with carrot rice though. That looks delicious... Yummy!!

Brittany F said...

I should try these II made some turkey meatballs years ago and they were a disaster and I've avoided them ever since but these sounds so yummy!

Amanda Love said...

I should try that. I do a lot of rice in my house because the kids love it but have never done a carrot rice before. I'm however a bigger fan of beef meatballs but turkey is definitely healthier.

blythe32 said...

I'm always looking for new ways to spice up my ground turkey. Definitely going to give this recipe a try, as I love Asian inspired dishes.

Sarah Hamlin said...

Interesting recipe. My kids love meatballs also I'm always on the lookout for new ways to make them. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Kaylene Outnumbered said...

Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely delicious! I might need to see if my husband will make these this weekend! :)

michele said...

Im totally serious.... I pinned this earlier while I was in line at the market. (I bought everything to make this for dinner tomorrow!) Thanks so much~ I can't wait to try it!

Becca said...

My husband actually really likes meatballs. I'm going to send this to him to see if he'd like to try it!

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

It is wonderfully surprising to see how many turkey substitutes there are now to enjoy in recipes. I would love to try these turkey meatballs.

Heather said...

I don't often make meatballs, but these look delicious! I love asian inspired anything really. The carrot rice sounds interesting too - not something I have heard of before!

Hannah Adkins said...

These look so yummy! I bet they have a really unique flavor. I love most asian inspired flavors so I'm sure this would be right up my alley!

S Marie said...

This looks yummy! I've never heard of carrot rice but I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday this week!

Rose Atwater said...

Carrot rice is a brand new concept for me. It looks extremely good though! Very creative ideas! Thanks for linking up with Delicious Dishes Recipe Party!