These Asian inspired Turkey Meatballs with Red Rice make a delicious appetizer or easy dinner idea the whole family will enjoy. They are gluten free, dairy free and low in fat!
This week is #NationalRiceWeek and I am celebrating it with these easy Asian Inspired Turkey Meatballs with Red Rice recipe. Despite being very nutritious red rice is not normally on my list of everyday ingredients as it cooks longer than white rice.
But this week is all about rice and I thought I’d make a different kind of rice recipe!
Asian turkey meatballs
This simple Asian inspired recipe contains popular oriental flavours – ginger, garlic, cilantro and chilli. These aromatic meatballs are just perfect to serve at a party. They are incredibly easy to make, do not require any sauce and make fantastic finger food.
To make these meatballs simply combine all the ingredients (not the oil), stir thoroughly and form small meatballs. Fry in a little oil and enjoy hot!
I used coconut oil in this recipe but you don’t have to. Vegetable oil would be a good option too.
Cooking times may vary depending on the size of your meatballs so ensure the meatballs are cooked thoroughly before serving.
Turkey meatballs with red rice
For this recipe you need to use cooked red rice and it is a good idea to cook it ahead (and keep refrigerated until you are ready to use it). This will save you time when making the actual recipe.
Rice is just one of the ingredients in this meatballs recipe, rather than being a side dish which is typically what we cook it for. You get more meatballs that way and the rice is not chewy or dry (as it can sometimes be when served as a side dish).
I only used half a chilli in this recipe as I wanted these meatballs to be quite mild but you could add more to make them spicier if you prefer.
Serve with some steamed vegetables and enjoy!
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These Asian Inspired Turkey Meatballs with Red Rice make a delicious appetizer or easy dinner idea the whole family will enjoy - they are gluten free, dairy free and low in fat!
- 2 cups cooked red rice
- 450 g turkey mince
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped ginger
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 1 large spring onion finely chopped
- 5 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped
- 1/2 green chilli finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon onion granules
- 2/3 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil for frying
In a large bowl combine all the ingredients (not the oil) and stir thoroughly to obtain a sticky mixture. Form small meatballs.
If you are working in batches heat up 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and fry half the meatballs over a low/medium heat for about 7-8 minutes turning often. Use the remaining oil to fry the rest of the meatballs.
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