Recipe Reviews #64

Self Saucing Honey Ginger & Garlic Pork Meatballs

Recipe found on Whole Food Bellies
My Rating:
4 out of 5

My Review: Yum! The sauce turned out a lot better than I was expecting but, there was a slight sour tang I wasn’t fond of. I’m always nervous to try Asian cuisine at home but, this was actually not too bad at all. The meatballs were cooked nicely, not too squishy and the garlic and ginger pieces gave each bite so much life.

We served it with: Soba noodles (included in the recipe)

Ingredients You’ll Need:

For The Meatballs

  • 600 g Pork mince (1 lb of ground pork)
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • 2 tbsp ginger finely grated
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil (we used EVOO)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • soba noodles, black sesame seeds and chopped green onions to serve

For The Sauce

  • 1/2 cup tamari (we used soy sauce)
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup raw honey

Sheet Pan Paprika Chicken

Recipe found on Recipe Girl
My Rating:
4 out of 5

My Review: The topping on the chicken was amazing!!! I was pleasantly surprised by the unique flavor combination. I only wish the spices had absorbed into the chicken as well, instead of just sitting on top of it. Also, I’d do a little less lemon next time. I have no complaints about the perfectly roasted and seasoned veggies.

We served it with: Daiya Alfredo Style Mac but, it was a hearty enough meal without it

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 16 ounces boneless chicken breasts, sliced in half
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed and divided
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 medium yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • 1 medium sweet potato, diced
  • 1 medium sweet onion, sliced

Bacon Beef Minestrone

Recipe found on The Fresh Cooky
My Rating:
5 out of 5

My Review: Oh, talk about a soup that is PACKED with ingredients. There were so many different veggies, two different meats, and even some beans. WOW, I was absolutely astounded! I love a chunky soup and this was THE one, you guys. It had everything I could ever ask for!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1/4 lb bacon, cooked crisp and diced
  • 1/2 lb sirloin, diced (other cuts of beef may be substituted)
  • 1 onion, diced fine
  • 2 carrots, peeled, diced small (or sub. 1 cup of baby carrots, diced)
  • 1 leek, quartered, rinsed and diced small
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1 small zucchini, grated or diced
  • 1 potato, peeled and diced into small cubes
  • 4 cups (32 oz) beef broth or stock (for a brothy soup, add additional 32 oz beef broth)
  • 2 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 5 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped, divided (dried may be substituted)
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1–2 teaspoons sea salt (to taste, may need a little more or less)
  • 1–15 oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (may sub other white bean)
  • 1–15 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed (may sub black beans)
  • 4 ripe plum tomatoes, diced or 1–15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 – 1 cup small pasta shells
  • Parmesan cheese for garnish, freshly grated (it’s fine without it, if you’re dairy-free like me)

29 thoughts on “Recipe Reviews #64

  1. This probably sounds like a really stupid comment, but I’ve never thought of using pork instead of beef in meatballs, they sound delicious! xx

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  2. Oh boy!!!! All three of these sound delicious!!!! I feel like I should start Paypal-ing you a little fee for doing all the recipe research every week. All I have to do is come to your blog and print out the ingredients and head off to the store. Feeling a little bit guilty I must say. And lazy. LOL

    You said that sauce was a little on the sour side. I wonder if I should only use half the amount of vinegar when I make it. Good to know the meatballs were not squishy. Eeeee how I hate a squishy meatball!!!!

    Since you said you wish the spices had absorbed more into the Paprika chicken maybe I’ll have it marinate in the spices all day in the fridge while I’m working.

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    1. Lol! It’s my pleasure to do the recipe research, Jinjer. 😉 Plus, I don’t even have Paypal! It makes me happy that you can find recipes to try here. Don’t feel guilty, I love it!! & you always have the solution to fix the things I didn’t like in each meal. I hope you enjoy the meatballs & chicken! ❤

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  3. I feel like I haven’t seen one post where you actually liked everything lol. Or maybe it’s just been a while. Everything looks delish. Especially the sheet pan paprika chicken.
    And beef stew for the win! You’ve tried so many that were not up to your standards and finally! It was just a matter of time lol

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  4. I’ve had a cold since the beginning of this week & so far I’ve made a potato & leek soup then a tomato soup. The minestrone soup looks delicious & I should try making it without the meat!

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