Following a menu and plan definitely makes life run more smoothly. However, there are times that some of my best dishes are completely unplanned. Take last night’s Asian Meatballs, for instance.
I have been focusing on making Meatless Monday recipes for the family over the past few months. Last Monday I heard grumbling from 3 people when they remembered that it was Monday. So, I decided that I would make a meatless meal with a meat option on the side.
The Shrimp Pad Thai had been so well received that this Meatless Monday would feature a vegetable Pad Thai, with the eggs and peanuts as the main protein. I did have a pound and a half of ground beef in the refrigerator to make something meaty. My original plan was to brown it and add some Asian inspired flavors and let everyone spoon it over the Pad Thai.
Honestly, I do not know what changed my mind. I ended up making Asian Meatballs instead. The kitchen smelled amazing. It was one of those few times that I wish I ate red meat.
The meatballs came together quickly. By the time I had my vegetables stir fried and the noodles ready the meatballs were cooked. The ease and quickness of stir frying and making Pad Thai noodles is great. I will definitely be doing more of this over the summer.
When I called everyone to dinner my non-vegetable eater was less than delighted. I explained to everyone that they could add the meatballs to the vegetable Pad Thai. If that wasn’t appealing to them they could eat their Asian Meatballs with some plain rice noodles that I had set aside.
D3 said that the whole thing was gross. I didn’t even know that kids not raised in the 1980 have used the word gross. Apparently they do when dinner is Pad Thai and Asian Meatballs.
Daughter Number Four and The Hubs neither one thought the meal looked gross. In fact, they both ate quite a bit of both the noodle dish and the meatballs. Following dinner D3 said that the Asian Meatballs were actually good.
I’ll take that as a win.
Have you ever made something that your family thought was going to be awful, only to discover it was good?
They did not complain about the taste of the Asian Meatballs, so I will make them again. I might serve them with Ramen style noodles instead of Pad Thai.
- 1 ½ pounds ground beef
- 2 slices fresh white bread (crumbled)
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon diced cilantro
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- In a small bowl pour milk over crumbled white bread. Set aside.
- Into a large mixing bowl add ground beef, soy sauce, cilantro, garlic, onion powder, ginger, and pepper. Mix thoroughly to combine. Pour bread mixture into beef mixture and mix well.
- When the bread mixture is incorporated into the ground beef mixture form into golf ball sized meatballs.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add meatballs to skillet.
- Brown meatballs on all sides.
- Lower heat to medium low and cover skillet with a lid. Cook about 15 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through.
- Serve over pasta or rice.