Thai Meatballs on a Bed of Ginger Sesame & Garlic Gluten-Free Noodles a.k.a. The-Cutest-Little-Munchkins-That-You-Ever-Did-See-On-a-Bed-of-Can’t-Get-Enough-Of-You-Sesame-Heaven-Oops-I-Meant-Noodles

Thai Meatballs on a Bed of Ginger Sesame & Garlic Gluten-Free Noodles a.k.a. The-Cutest-Little-Munchkins-That-You-Ever-Did-See-On-a-Bed-of-Can’t-Get-Enough-Of-You-Sesame-Heaven-Oops-I-Meant-Noodles

Hi loves! <3

For starters, for those of you who are about to judge me, NO, I DID NOT BREAK PASSOVER. I went on a hunt & found me some K for P (KOSHER FOR PASSOVER, DUH!!) GLUTEN-FREE PASTA #winning & honestly, it was NOT AT ALL as BAD as you are probably thinking… IN FACT, IT WAS QUITE THE OPPOSITE. IT WAS PERFECT. Ladies & gents, I present you with my “Thai Meatballs on a Bed of Ginger Sesame & Garlic Gluten-Free Noodles a.k.a. The-Cutest-Little-Munchkins-That-You-Ever-Did-See-On-a-Bed-of-Can’t-Get-Enough-Of-You-Sesame-Heaven-Oops-I-Meant-Noodles. Let me explain!

P.S. As you could see, I couldn’t even go eight short days without SOME FORM OF PASTA IN MY LIFE… Clearly, I am addicted to carbs, but no shame (I mean… a recovering anorexic addicted to carbs… that’s pretty awesome, right? NOBODY’S COMPLAININ’ & NEITHER AM I! #GOALS).

Now, I CANNOT even begin to describe to you how FREAKING DELISH this babe was. I whipped her up in legit 30 minutes (NOT EVEN, tbh). I’m mot really sure where to start, but I guess I’ll start with the beauty that is these THAI MEATBALLS. Think: Extra-lean ground turkey. Shredded carrots. Chopped scallions. Fresh garlic. Ground ginger. Coconut oil. Sriracha. Sea salt. Garlic powder (Yes, I love garlic, you?) & Freshly ground black pepper. DEAD, YOU? OH & … don’t even get me started about the sauce…

Guys, I’M STILL NOT OVER THIS & I NEVER WILL BE. These meatballs are LIFE. They are SUPER clean, healthy, NOMNOMNOM, full of PROTEIN & MOST (& BEST) OF ALL, they are SCRUMPTIOUSLY DELISH. Oh & did I mention that a serving (a.k.a. OUR. YES, I ate all four of them) of these cute little meatballs will give you a WHOLE 16 GRAMS OF PROTEIN? Kay, I can’t even.

Kay, we totally get that she can’t even, but when is she going to tell us what we need to make these meatballs? Like I’M STARVING”. FINE, FINE, my loves. We’ve reached that part. It’s that time. HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound of extra-lean ground turkey (If you’re not into turkey, you can totz. sub the turkey with ground chicken or ground beef!);
  • ½ cup of shredded carrots;
  • ¼ cup of chopped scallions or green onions;
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced (YOUR FAVE. Don’t you guys love when I take you out of your comfort zones?, a.k.a. when I get you out of bed, make you pause that Netflix binge & GET CHOPPING? I know. I make you so productive);
  • 1 tbsp. of peeled & grated fresh ginger (The smell of ginger = LOVE);
  • 1 tbsp. of coconut oil (I LOVE YOU!);
  • 1 tsp. of chilli paste or Sriracha;
  • ¼ tsp. of fine organic sea salt;
  • ¼ tsp. of freshly ground black pepper.

For the MEATBALL sauce (BECAUSE EVERY PERFECT MEATBALL DESERVES A PERFECT SAUCE, KAY?):

  • ¼ cup of coconut oil;
  • 2 tbsp. of sesame oil;
  • 1 tsp. of fish sauce;
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed to a paste (GAH, garlic paste. YOU SO BEAUTIFUL);
  • 1 tsp. of peeled & grated fresh ginger (If you don’t have fresh ginger, you can substitute with a tsp. of ground ginger. DO NOT PANIC. THIS BABY WILL STILL BE DELISH).
  • 1 tsp. of chilli paste or Sriracha;
  • 1 tbsp. of chopped scallions.

For the PASTA sauce:

  • 2 tbsp. of rice vinegar;
  • 2 tbsp. of sesame oil;
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced;
  • 1 tbsp. of lime juice;
  • 1 tbsp. of gluten-free soy sauce or Tamari;
  • OPTIONAL: To make your sauce a little creamier & (let’s be honest, a little YUMMIER), add 1-2 tbsp. of warm raw organic peanut butter & WHISK AWAY until combined!
  • 1 tbsp. of fresh basil, chopped;
  • 2 tbsp. of fresh cilantro, chopped;

Okay, so now that you know what you need (P.S. ADMIT IT, the ingredients list is so SIMPLE for this baby), HOW DO YOU WHIP THESE LITTLE MUNCHKINS UP, you ask?

  • Preheat the oven to 350F & line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper;
  • In a large bowl, use your hands to mix together the ingredients for the meatballs until they are evenly combined;
  • Roll the mixture into 12-15 balls (Depending how big you guys want them… KAY, that sounds weird… but I’m so totally talking about the meatballs right now & NOTHING ELSE, KAY?). Grease your baking sheet & place the little munchkins (a.k.a. the meatballs) on the sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, OR until they are no longer pink in the middle (WATCH YOUR BALLS. LOVE YOUR BALLS. CARE FOR YOUR BALLS. THEY DESERVE TO BE LOVED. OMFG, guys I legit crack myself up… how freaking wrong does that sound though? DYING);
  • While the meatballs are baking:
    • MAKE THE SAUCE. How so? In a small saucepan, simply whisk together all the sauce ingredients. Bring the mixture to a BOIL over MEDIUM (YES, ALWAYS MEDIUM MY LOVES) heat, then reduce the heat & simmer for about 5 minutes, until the sauce thickens a bit!
    • BOIL YOUR PASTA (We’ve been over this before… ALWAYS COOK IT AL DENTÉ & UGH… if you don’t, we cannot be friends #sorrynotsorry);
  • Once the meatballs are baked, smother them in the beautifully-scrumptions-thick-sesame-my-kitch-smells-like-heaven-because-of-you sauce;
  • Combine all the ingredients for the pasta sauce in a mixing bowl & WHISK AWAY UNTIL FULLY COMBINED. Guys, do yourselves a favour, ADD THE PEANUT BUTTER;
  • In a small skillet, add your noodles & your pasta sauce and simmer for 2-3 minutes until ALL the noodles are FULLY COATED in the sauce (Please, my loves, don’t make some noodles jealous of others. That’s not fair. They all deserve to be loved a.k.a. smothered in this perfect sauce. SO PLEASE, CONSIDER YOUR NOODLES’ FEELINGS, KAY?);
  • NOW… Plate your pasta, top it with the fresh chopped basil & cilantro leaves & THEN, TOP THE PASTA WITH THE PERFECTION THAT IS THESE LITTLE MUNCHKIN MEATBALLS THAT WILL HAVE YOU LITERALLY MELTING & WANTING TO PINCH THEIR CHEEKS & DEVOUR THEM. AHHHHHHHH!

And just like that, this dish was BORN. But once again, I killed her SHORTLY AFTER… #guiltyascharged. She has vanished. But, I will see her again tomorrow. LAWL, I’m hilarious MAN. Oh & FOOD PORN *Drumroll please*:

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Enjoy! Love ya!



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