8.31.2010

island soyaki turkey meatballs and veggie stir-fry

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Do you ever find yourself just making things up as you go along? This is how it went for me yesterday. I had ground turkey to use up as well as some nice zucchini from farmers market. I also had some of that extremely addictive Island Soyaki from Trader Joe's sitting in my fridge, leftover from another recipe. I tell ya, Trader Joe's should really open an online store! The creative ideas just kept on flowing and this was the end result.

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My husband declared this meal to be delicious...I thought it came out pretty dang good as well. Next time I'll use ground chicken though. I think the flavor of the chicken would be better for this recipe.

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The following recipe is sort of a guesstimate. I wasn't exactly measuring everything as I went along. Sorry about that. Play with it a little and see if you need a bit more sauce or panko to get the desired consistency.

Island Soyaki Turkey Meatballs with Veggie Stir-Fry
by theUngourmet

1 lb ground turkey or ground chicken
1/4 cup Trader Joe's Island Soyaki or your favorite teriyaki sauce and marinade
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp salt
cracked pepper to taste
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
thinly sliced scallions, optional (I didn't throw these in but next time I will)

panko and toasted sesame seeds for coating meatballs

Combine all ingredients. Form into 10-12 evenly sized meatballs. Place the panko and toasted sesame seeds into a medium bowl. Toss each meatball in the panko and sesame seeds until lightly coated. Place meatballs on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until done.

Serve with Stir Fry veggies tossed with more of the Island Soyaki sauce and brown or white rice.

Be sure and pour yourself some extra dipping sauce for the meatballs.

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I've been wondering how my meatballs would turn out if I used tofu instead of meat. What do you think of this idea?

Hope your week has been a great one so far.



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25 comments:

Angie's Recipes said...

Love this veggie stir-fry! Looks so flavourful and appetizing.
Ground turkey is not something you usually get here...but I would love ground chicken to pair with this stir-fry.

Koek! said...

Mmmmm... Gorgeous summer fare!

♥peachkins♥ said...

that is a nice vegetable dish!


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TKW said...

I love it when I just kind of "wing it" and things come out nicely. I am so jealous that you have Trader Joe's in your neck of the woods. Sniffle.

Randi Troxell said...

i love stir fry ANYTHING.. and this meal looks perfect for my taste!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

I haven't had much of an appetite for food lately but this looks mouthwatering! I love stir-fry veggies. I have a bunch of zucchini I need to use up too...I wonder what my homeowners I'm house-sitting for have in their cupboards to help me make this...lol.

Jeannie said...

Looks like a great meal to me! I wouldn't try it with tofu though, chicken is real fine:D My boys are real carnivors, they won't be satisfied with tofu!

Joanne said...

God if trader joe's opened an online store it would make my life so much easier! I've never tried this sauce before but it sounds delicious. I love clean-out-the-fridge meals.

Abby said...

I think the meatballs look great! Looks yummy and healthy!

Pam said...

This looks great to me! Stir fry is a wonderful thing! Love Trader Joe's also!

5 Star Foodie said...

The stir fry looks excellent and so do the meatballs!

A Year on the Grill said...

3/4ers of my meals are made up... this looks great

nanny said...

sounds and looks so good!!!

Stella said...

I make things up as I go along all the time, Kim. It helps me to not waste what we have in the fridge and such (smile).
This looks absolutely delicious by the way. Your vegetables look perfect!

Foodessa said...

Kim...your creativity seems to have served you very well.

I can really appreciate the coating on those meatballs...makes for interesting texture as well as presentation ;o)

Ciao for now,
Claudia

Monet said...

I am a huge fan of veggie stir fries, and I too love the coating that you put on the meatballs. I'm sure it added some wonderful texture. I love making things up as I go along...great things can be born that way!

Faith said...

It's fun to experiment in the kitchen, isn't it Kim? This looks great -- I love the coating on the meatballs!

Connie W said...

YUM! I love stir-fry!

teresa said...

how yummy! sometimes it's the last minute made up dishes that turn out the best. this is lovely!

Krista said...

What a spectacular dinner! Way to be creative! It certainly paid of here. I'd love to sit down to this plate at the end of a long day.

koralee said...

Looks amazing my friend...this one is one my family would love...thanks for another great meal...oh I love you!!!{now I just need you to come make it} xo

Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

TJ's does have some nice sauces and dinner inspiration. Way to freestyle dinner!

KDC Events said...

I am not a good cook at all, but it looks like I could make these! visiting from SITS!

Jenn said...

Those meatballs look really darn good!!! Perfect little appetizers!!!!

Magic of Spice said...

This stir fry looks delicious, and I don't eat meat but they look pretty good too :)

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