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Sweet and sour pork meatballs

Jeff and I have been craving potstickers lately. I used to make them all the time, so much so in fact that we got sick of them. :) Now though, they’re sounding good again.

Well, I bought some ground pork to use for the potsticker filling and didn’t realize that I’d bought way too much until I got home. Ground pork tends to spoil pretty quickly, so I needed to come up with something to do with the other half of it right away. I decided to season all of it in the same way that I season the potsticker filling and then just roll the other half into meatballs.

With fresh veggies and some sweet and sour sauce, it became this…

Sweet and sour glazed mushroom

To make, I mixed ground pork with garlic, ginger, scallions, sesame seeds, and spices and rolled them into little meatballs. These got baked at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Pork meatballs

While those were baking, I sauteed broccoli and shiitake mushrooms in sesame oil with some red pepper flakes. When the meatballs were done, I added them to the vegetables and glazed everything with sweet and sour sauce.

Sweet and sour sauce

Making sweet and sour pork meatballs

It was so good over hot rice.

Sweet and sour meatball

Sweet and sour pork meatballs

A new take on sweet and sour pork with flavorful pork meatballs and fresh vegetables.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2-3 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • a 1 inch piece of ginger (grated)
  • 3 large cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 scallions (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/8 tsp. chili garlic sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. mirin
  • 1 small head of broccoli (cut into florets)
  • about 6-8 shiitake mushroom caps (quartered)
  • 1/4 cup sweet and sour sauce
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flake

Cooking Directions

  1. Mix ginger, garlic, scallions, sesame seeds, chili garlic sauce, soy sauce, and mirin into ground pork.
  2. Roll pork into small meatballs and bake on a foil-lined tray at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  3. Sautee broccoli and mushrooms in sesame oil and red pepper flake until cooked through.
  4. Add cooked meatballs to vegetable saute and add sweet and sour sauce, stir to coat.
  5. Serve over rice.

I love recipes like this that come out of nowhere. What started as a problem with too much ground pork turned into a really unique dinner idea.

Have you ever had a stroke of cooking genius?



I’ve been branching out with my cooking lately, trying to find a few new recipes to add to heavy rotation and some fun things that are slightly out of my comfort zone (read: not asian.) 😉

Monday night, we tried out a totally new dish for dinner called shakshuka. It’s basically eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce and eaten with crusty bread. It’s of Tunisian origin, but has become a popular dish in many cultures and has endless variations.

It’s pretty simple to put together too. You start by toasting the spices in oil…

Toasting shakshuka spices

Next, add diced onion and garlic and allow to soften in the spices.

Onions and garlic in toasted spices

When the onions are soft, add a huge can of whole peeled tomatoes and mash em’ up.

Mashing tomato sauce

While the sauce was warming up, I got some bread ready to toast. I drizzled on olive oil and then seasoned it with salt and pepper before placing under the broiler.

Oiled bread for toasting

Last step is to poach the eggs. You can crack them right into the sauce and just let them go until they’re as done as you like. I kept them a little runny cuz that’s how we like em’.

Crack eggs into shakshuka

The original recipe calls for feta sprinkled on top, but I chose to use goat cheese and a handful of peppery arugula.

Eggs poaching for shakshuka

Use the toasted bread to scoop it up!

Toasted bread to dip in shakshuka


A north African dish of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce with crusty bread for dipping.

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 4 to 6 eggs
  • 1 28oz. can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 5 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • half an onion (diced)
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flake
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • top with goat cheese and arugula
  • bread for dipping

Cooking Directions

  1. Toast spices in olive oil. Add in onion and garlic and allow to soften.
  2. Add canned tomatoes and mash into sauce. Add salt and pepper to taste. Heat through.
  3. Crack eggs into sauce and allow to poach to desired doneness, at least 5 minutes.
  4. Top with crumbled goat cheese and arugula.
  5. Serve with toasted bread for dipping.

Protip: Let the shakshuka cool off a bit before eating. Jeff and I both burnt our hands on runny molten-hot tomato lava. It was totally worth it though, this recipe is delicious!

Who knew I could cook North African food?

What’s your favorite “ethnic” dish?


Udon noodles with creamy egg

Here’s an awesome lunch Jeff and I had on Sunday. We had very little food in the house but I still managed to make something special out of some basic items that I usually have lying around.

Udon with creamy egg

I buy pre-cooked udon noodles that come in a vacuum-sealed package with a packet of soup mix. If you’ve ever had ramen noodles you’re probably familiar with that little seasoning packet it comes with. These are like that except that the seasoning packet is actually full of delicious wholesome freeze dried real food as opposed to just salt, MSG, and bouillon.

Boiled up a few eggs to add on top using the same hard-boiled egg method that I used for the Chinese tea eggs I made recently. I only needed two, the other two became snacks for later. :)

Trying new hard-boiled egg technique

Liam was perched on top of the refrigerator the entire time. Whenever eggs, fish, butter, or cheese are present, he’s sure to be lurking around nearby hoping for a windfall.

Liam on the fridge

See how he tries to be cute so I’ll give him a boiled egg? Weirdo.

Liam loving on the cabinets

I am so bad at peeling eggs…

Peeling underset eggs

The udon only really needs to heat through, if you cook it too much it will get soft and fall apart. Never mind that I did exactly that…

Udon noodles in broth

I swear I can get no peace from these two. Liam promptly moved himself directly under my feet as I started to slice the eggs and Lucas alighted to the top of the fridge to glower at me for not giving him any.

Lucas, I realize now that you have yet to have an egg in your life. No wonder you’re so upset! I’m obviously a bad mother.

Lucas disapproves

I am such a sucker for these creamy under-boiled eggs. They tend to soak up the flavors of the broth, so yummy!

Topped it with toasted sesame seeds and shichimi togarashi, a spicy Japanese condiment made specifically for topping soups.

Eggs in udon broth

Udon noodles with creamy egg

An instant soup is dressed up with perfectly cooked eggs and fresh scallions.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package prepared udon noodles with seasoning
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 thinly sliced scallions
  • top with sesame seeds and togarashi

Cooking Directions

  1. Hard boil eggs. Peel and slice.
  2. Boil noodles in water with seasonings according to package directions.
  3. Top with sliced scallions, sesame, togarashi spice, and sliced egg.

Creamy yolk and sesame seeds

This was a great way to make a special lunch out of a bunch of odds and ends. There is no shame in using packaged noodles and instant broth so long as you can find one with wholesome and authentic ingredients.

What is your favorite way to eat noodles?