Cooking with Kiddos: Asian Turkey Meatballs

I have been waiting for this day, the day that I get to involve Big Sis in the kitchen. I have always loved to cook, but having a kiddo under foot makes the experience less than enjoyable. I don’t know about your kiddos, but dinner time is when my babies are most needy. Including Big Sis took a lot longer but she enjoyed it so much that it was worth it.

We began by getting out all of our ingredients. She watched as I pulled things from cupboards and the fridge. As I placed each thing on the counter we talked about what each item was. Then it was time to prepare the ingredients. While I minced the garlic and ginger, she played with the head of garlic, peeling some of the paper off and smelling it. She loved smelling each ingredient we chopped.

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When she was done with that, I had her throw away all of the trash leftover from the garlic and ginger. She loves throwing things away right now, so this was a huge hit.

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Then while I finished chopping the rest of the ingredients, she helped chop the cilantro with a plastic knife.

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When all of the ingredients were prepped she dumped it all into the bowl.

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And I let her mush it all up. I was super nervous about letting her touch the raw meat but I made sure to explain that she couldn’t touch anything, especially her face. She did great! After we mushed up the ingredients, I helped her make the meatballs. Our hands were covered in the meat so we don’t have pics of those. :)

Once the meatballs were done, we popped them in the oven and made the sauce. She held the measuring spoon as I poured the liquid ingredients in and then she dumped them in the bowl. She stuck her tiny finger in the sauce after each addition, tasting as she went. We also made Trader Joe’s frozen brown rice and some teriyaki carrots. We had so much fun together and she was so proud of herself. When Dirk came home from work she told him, “Daddy I am being a big helper for Mommy!”

Here’s her finished result:

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Big Sis had so much fun.

Want to try this recipe with your kiddos? Here it is!

Asian Turkey Meatballs with Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce
barely adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Ingredients

Meatballs:
1/4 cup Panko crumbs
1-1/4 lbs (20 ounces) 93% lean ground turkey
1 egg
1/2 tablespoon ginger, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 scallions, chopped
1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil

Lime Dipping Sauce
4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons water
1 chopped fresh scallion

Directions 

Preheat oven to 500°F.

Mix ground turkey, panko, egg, salt, scallions, ginger, cilantro, 1 tbsp soy sauce, and 2 tsp oil and mix with your hands until combined well. Shape 1/4 cup meat mixture into a ball and transfer to a baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Repeat with remaining mixture. Bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes.

For the dipping sauce mix together lime juice, water, soy sauce, and remaining 1 teaspoon of oil in a bowl. Add scallions.

Transfer meatballs to a serving dish. Stir sauce, then drizzle meatballs with 1 tablespoon sauce.

Serve meatballs with remaining sauce, about 1 tbsp per person. You probably won’t use all the dipping sauce.

Makes 12 meatballs.