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Asian Meatballs - total time 40 minutes

After I read Food Matters a couple summers ago, this was one of the first recipes I made from scratch.  Previously, every dinner I made came from a box or bag.  Velveeta shells and cheese, Bertolli frozen pasta meals, Tyson chicken patty sandwiches, french bread pizzas... they were really no-fail dinners for someone who never cooked before, but they were not even close to following Michael Pollen's Food Rules.  It's kind of crazy to think of how many new things we have tried since then.

Any way, for those nights that you really want some Chinese flavors, this is a great choice.  You can really taste the soy sauce throughout the meatball and the sesame oil is very fragrant while cooking.  The rice I used is called 'bamboo rice' (from the Whole Foods bulk section) and was kind of a sticky rice with a green tint.  I think it would make a good sushi rice if I decide to make sushi again (but we live so close to an excellent sushi place).

1 lb ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 egg
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sesame oil
.25 panko
1.5 cups rice
salt and pepper 2 green onions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook rice according to packaging (usually two parts water to every one part rice).
2.  Combine ground turkey, chopped onion, minced garlic, egg, soy sauce, and sesame oil together in mixing bowl.  Add panko until mixture can form meatballs.
3.  Brown all sides of the meatballs in a pan over medium heat (about 1 minutes per side). Once all sides are browned, put pan into oven and bake for ten minutes.  Serve on top of rice with green onions and any additonal soy sauce.


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