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Chinese meatballs with rainbow stir-fry

Diana Johnson is a professional recipe developer, food photographer, freelance writer and cooking instructor. She's also a mother who believes that kids can love healthy food, and that no child should have to experience food insecurity. ...

A colorful Asian meal the whole family will love

A cheerful mix of vegetables makes a beautiful backdrop for hoisin-glazed turkey meatballs in this toddler-friendly stir-fry.

This family-friendly dinner is a great introduction to Asian food. Hoisin-glazed turkey meatballs sit on a colorful mix of julienned, stir-fried vegetables. Kids can't resist the bright colors, and the thinly sliced veggies and little meatballs are finger friendly for the littlest eaters.

A colorful Asian meal the whole family will love

Chinese meatballs with rainbow stir-fry recipe

Serves 6

Ingredients:

For the meatballs

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese rice wine (Shaoxing wine)
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

For the vegetables

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 zucchini, julienned
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 1/4 head red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the turkey, egg, breadcrumbs, ginger, onion powder and garlic powder.
  2. Form the turkey mixture into 1-1/4-inch meatballs.
  3. In a large skillet, melt a little coconut oil at a time, and brown the meatballs in batches on all sides.
  4. In a saucepan, heat the soy sauce, rice wine and hoisin sauce on medium heat. Simmer for about 5 minutes, until slightly reduced.
  5. Toss the meatballs in with the hoisin glaze.
  6. For the vegetables, heat the coconut oil in a skillet on high heat, and add the sliced vegetables. Toss well, and cook for about 4 minutes, until just softened.
  7. Stir in the soy sauce and rice vinegar.
  8. Plate the vegetables, and top with the hoisin-glazed turkey meatballs.

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