Sweet and Spicy Meatball Bowls

A few months ago, during my last semester of grad school, I was perusing Pinterest one evening looking for inspiration to bring life to the ground turkey, veggies, and brown rice I had in my kitchen. I did not want to go to the store for additional ingredients and wanted to create an “all-in-one” meal that I could meal-prep for lunches the rest of the week. I came across this pin, which inspired me to create a lunch bowl featuring Asian-influenced meatballs. My meal, although different from the one featured in the pin, was quite yummy…so I made it again. And again. Then I grew a bit tired of it so I left it alone for a while. I revisited the recipe (in my mind, I only record recipes for y’all 🙂 ) recently and decided to “kick it up a notch” with Sriracha bacon. Actually, Sriracha anything kicks a dish up several notches. Add bacon to the same sentence and people’s eyes glaze over for a moment before they stop you and say “Wait, did you say Sriracha…bacon? Where did you get that?” Well, I made it. And so can you! It’s so easy and so delicious. It’s actually kind of criminal that you haven’t been topping all your food with Sriracha bacon. Don’t sit there feeling ashamed, though. Forgive yourself. Try this dish out. Change your outlook on life.

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Ingredients

2 pounds ground turkey

8 ounces white cello mushrooms, divided in half

6 slices smoked bacon

5 carrots, sliced

1 red bell pepper, sliced

2 teaspoons garlic, chopped or minced

3 teaspoons Sriracha

1 tablespoon honey

2 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce

3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Splash of water

Olive oil

Makes about eighteen meatballs (six servings).

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Finely chop one half of mushrooms and add to a large bowl. Add ground turkey, garlic, ground ginger, sea salt, and black pepper.

Chopped Mushrooms Meatball Mixture

Mix well and form into balls about two inches in diameter. Place meatballs on a large,non-stick pan or cookie sheet.
Meatballs on Sheet
Place bacon slices on another non-stick cookie sheet and.
Bacon
In a small bowl, mix Sriracha with water and brush over bacon until all is used.
Sriracha Bacon
In another small bowl, mix honey with 1.5 teaspoons of soy sauce and set aside.
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Place both pans in the oven. Bake bacon for about ten minutes, or until crisp. Bake meatballs for twenty-three minutes. Brush meatballs with some of the honey-soy glaze and bake an additional two minutes. Once meatballs are finished baking, brush with remaining glaze.

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Place cooked bacon strips on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil and allow to cool for a few minutes.

Sriracha Bacon

Pick up paper towels and crumble into a ball in order to break up bacon. Unfold paper towels and repeat, as necessary, to completely crumble bacon.

Crumbled Bacon

While bacon and meatballs cook, add olive oil to a wok or skillet over medium-high heat and sauté carrots, bell pepper, and mushrooms in order of tenderness, starting with carrots (about ten minutes total). While cooking, season with sea salt, black pepper, and remaining soy sauce.

Veggies

Assemble bowls with rice, veggies, and meatballs, then top with crumbled bacon.

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-Jazz

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