Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs
Here’s a flavorful, healthy and super simple weeknight meal everyone will love. Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs, now doesn’t that sound like a fun family meal?
Last night I opened the refrigerator in hopes for inspiration. I wasn’t feeling it, you know?
I was tired.
Did I really want to cook dinner?
But I have three kids. We have to eat something.
And last night we had nachos. Not the healthiest of dinners. (Though I used the rest of my homemade macaroni and cheese sauce as nacho cheese sauce. Amazing!) We also had fun family time picnicking on the living room floor and watching a movie.
So, last night was a whole new night and I wanted to make a tasty healthy meal. Actually, in all honesty, I wanted a tasty healthy meal to magically appear on my counter. 🙂
However, it’s not Harry Potter. What I wouldn’t give to be Mrs. Weasley. 🙂
Since I’m without magic powers, I had to figure something else out.
I saw this package of Aidells chicken pineapple teriyaki meatballs in my refrigerator. I’m not usually a person that buys meatballs. This was actually the first time. I always make my own. But my kids tried a sample at Costco and fell in love! Oh, Costco and your samples. You get me every time! 🙂
Anyway, I love Aidells sausages, and my kids were so excited, I couldn’t help but buy them. Don’t you just love it when your kids get excited about food?
I took the meatballs out and I first thought —Asian soup. Then I thought, ugh I’m the only one in my family that loves soup and it’s kinda hot out. I looked in the pantry and found some spaghetti noodles.
Then I was inspired.
Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs was born.
I took out Asian related ingredients — red bell pepper, garlic, green onion, kale, ginger, carrots, bok choy, tamari, Sriracha, sesame oil, celery and a few others.
Then I chopped all the veggies and started the stir fry while I boiled the noodles.
My daughter came in and asked if she could help. She’s the best 7 year old! I’m so blessed. I love that she likes to help me in the kitchen. She brought in the step-stool and started sautéing the veggies. She loves the smell of sautéing garlic and so do I. What about you?
Dinner turned out great!
While at the beginning of the night I felt less than enthusiastic about cooking, I slowly got back into my groove. The need to create something for my family energized me. And my daughter’s willingness to help topped it off.
Together we created, Asian Spaghetti and Meatballs, a fun, delicious and healthy family meal.
One last note.
The pasta in the dish is great on it’s own. So, if you’re vegetarian or vegan, just leave it out. Or you could sub in tofu. It can even be gluten free if you use gluten free pasta.
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If you love traditional spaghetti and meatballs, check out my recipe, the meatballs are slow cooked in the sauce the traditional Italian way. If you’ve never made meatballs this way before, you must try it! Homemade meatballs slow cooked in spaghetti sauce are one of my all time favorite foods. 🙂