Posted in Asian, Weight Watchers, WW Freestyle

Traveling the World One Recipe at a Time

I have been enjoying traveling the world. Maybe not traveling as much as experiencing the world through the articles of people, places, and food found in Christopher Kimble’s Milk Street Magazine. And in my journeys, I have learned many things about other cultures and people, and have tried some really great recipes. Quite a few of them keep showing up on my table or are shared at parties.

milk street cover

The newest issue is out, and my copy already has many tags on its pages. As my custom, I will use the recipes as jumping off point and tweak them to fit my eating style and pantry. That’s why there are so many amazing dishes out there to try. Everyone has their own spin and that keeps life interesting. Hope you enjoy my take on this yummy dish inspired by Asia flavors.

Vietnamese Meatballs

Ingredients

Meatballs
• 1 pound lean ground pork or ground chicken breast
• 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
• 6 minced green onions
• 3 tablespoons water
• 2 tablespoons fish sauce
• 2 teaspoons sugar
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ½ teaspoon ground pepper
• 2 teaspoons cooking oil
Salad
• 2 medium carrots, shredded
• 2 tablespoons lime juice
• Pinch of salt

Instructions

1. In a medium bowl, mixed together ground chicken, cilantro, green onions, water, fish sauce, sugar, and pepper until well incorporated.
2. Form into 20 meatballs, cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
3. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add meatballs and cook until bottoms are golden. Turn and continue to cook until all sides are browned.
4. In a medium bowl, toss carrots with lime juice and salt.
5. Serve meatballs alongside carrot salad. Yum!
6. Enjoy!

meatballs


If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold,
it would be a much merrier world.
J.R.R. Tolkien


Weight Watcher Freestyle Friends: Five meatballs and ¼ salad equal 4 Smart Points when made with pork. One Smart point when made with chicken breast. Enjoy!

Posted in Asian, Beef, Main Dish

What’s for Supper: Korean Beef

Korean Beef Genny

Many times, we opt for the ease of someone else’s kitchen like McDonalds, Pizza Hut, or even our favorite Asian place. But in just a few minutes, you can have something pretty yummy without the drive-thru. This is a very easy recipe my daughter, Genevieve, whipped up after working her eight for the day. It can be on the table in no time, and is very tasty week night treat that is quicker that calling for takeout. Enjoy!

Korean Beef

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef, Genevieve used 93/7
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger root
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, Genevieve used Splenda brown sugar
  • 1 16-ounce coleslaw mix
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha, or to taste. Garlic chili paste would be good here, too.
  • 3 green onions-scallions, sliced

Instructions

  1. Cook ground beef over medium heat in pan coated with cooking spray.
  2. When meat is almost finished push to one side, add sesame oil, then garlic and ginger.
  3. Cook only for about a minute, then stir into meat.
  4. Mix together soy sauce and brown sugar. Add to pan with meat mixture.
  5. Add coleslaw mix. Cook until wilted.
  6. Sprinkle with green onions and serve.
  7. Serve with cooked rice. My favorite is Jasmine. Or this is also a good filling for lettuce wraps.

You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.
Paul Prudhomme


Genevieve Hays is a corporate trainer for Walmart, who on her off time enjoys recreational cooking. She also has a home business making custom aprons. Her motto: Every girl needs practical and pretty aprons for those every day battles. You can check out her wares on her Facebook page Apron Armor or at her Etsy store Apron Armory.

Note for Weight Watchers:This is a 6 Smart Points recipe. If eating with rice, count accordingly.