EASY WEEKNIGHT TERIYAKI MEATBALL BOWLS – meatballs paired with a quick sauce for a wholesome weeknight meal.
30-Minute Teriyaki Meatball Bowls
A few weeks ago, one of my readers (Hi Elaine!) posted her weekly menu and it included Asian Bowls (a riff on the oh-so-popular Burrito Bowls). Her comment got my wheels spinning and I decided to create my own Asian-style bowl – Teriyaki Meatball Bowls.
The trick was coming up with a meatball the entire family would love. I knew The Girl would be my toughest critic as she isn’t a huge meat fan.
I also had to factor in that while I like to EAT meatballs, I’m really not into “making” meatballs from scratch. And, I get a little skeeved out having to touch all that raw meat. Please don’t judge.
Enter Aidell’s Teriyaki & Pineapple Chicken Meatballs. I found these at Costco (I’ve also seen them at my grocery store) and thought they would fit the bill for this dish.
And, I was right. The premade Teriyaki & Pineapple Chicken Meatballs are a perfect way to turn Teriyaki Meatball Bowls into a 30-minute dinner.
For the sauce, I started with a Teriyaki Sauce recipe from Jamie Cooks It Up! I’ve made this sauce several times, modifying it to fit our tastes.
You can add the sesame seeds directly to the sauce if you prefer (I sprinkle them on when serving because I have a few haters in my house). I also highly recommend using reduced sodium soy sauce.
To serve, simply scoop some rice in a bowl. Add meatballs and top with the Teriyaki Sauce. You could also add steamed vegetables – whatever your heart desires.
I realize I called these “Bowls” and my photo shows a serving on a plate. There wasn’t a clean bowl to be had when I dished this up, so it’s on a plate (surely you can relate, right?!).
This is an easy weeknight meal, assuming you are using pre-made meatballs. Dinner can be on the table in about 30 minutes – easy meal after a busy day!
My toughest critic (The Girl in this case) loved the dish AND the meatballs! She finished off the few leftover, lonely meatballs the next day (and actually wanted to open the other pack – seriously!).
To top it all off, The Girl declared Teriyaki Meatball Bowls …… BOMB! Yes – she bestowed the highest of praise on this humble little dish! Believe me when I tell you she is stingy about calling a dinner Bomb, so this made my day.
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Easy Weeknight Teriyaki Meatball Bowls
- Cook rice according to package directions. I use a rice cooker for perfect rice every time.
- Heat meatballs according to package directions or make from your favorite recipe. Keep warm.
- Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl and stir.
- Add the corn starch and whisk until mixture is smooth.
- Add the sesame oil and stir.
- Pour the sauce mixture into a large skillet. Whisk continually over medium high heat until sauce has thickened.
- To serve: top rice with meatballs and top with Teriyaki Sauce.
- I've been using ginger in a tube with good results.
- Teriyaki Sauce recipe adapted from Jamie Cooks It Up! The Original recipe is posted here http://jamiecooksitup.net/2011/03/teriyaki-sauce-in-ten-minutes/
- Nutritional information is provided as a reference only.