Asian Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce

A fresh, delicious take on the classic meatball – and they can go straight from the freezer to your oven.Asian Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce Not only are these meatballs delicious, but I think they can be served in a variety of settings.  Casual weekday dinner?  Whip up a quick stir-fried rice to accompany them.  Want to dress it up a little?  Serve them with some sautéed baby bok choy.  Just got off a 14 hour flight that was the final leg of 24 hours of travel?  These will go straight from the freezer to the oven while you get the rice cooker going and grab a shower.

This recipe is a definite favorite among my immediate family.  I mean, I like spaghetti and meatballs as much as the next guy, but sometimes you want something a little different.  The Asian flavor from the sesame oil and soy sauce provide that, and I really like the inclusion of the water chestnuts for the crunch they provide.  I had never heard of water chestnuts, and when I first tasted them out of the can, I was rather underwhelmed.  Quite frankly, they are almost flavorless.  But that’s not what they are there for.  They provide a bit of crispness that I really enjoy, and that you wouldn’t necessarily expect in a meatball.Asian Meatballs with Sesame Lime Dipping Sauce

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Zesty Guacamole

Easy to make, easy to customize, easy to put on everything.

Zesty Guacamole

Continuing with our healthy series of recipes for healthy readers in healthy January…here’s something… DELICIOUS!

Boom.  Did you see that coming?  If you know us at all, you should’ve.  This is our favorite guacamole recipe, and it’s one of those things we make over.  And over.  And over.  And…yeah.

You know why I love this recipe?  I actually have a whole menu of reasons:

  1. Tacos.
  2. Hint of Lime chips.
  3. Nachos.
  4. Tacos.
  5. Omelettes.
  6. Toast.
  7. Tacos.
  8. BLT Sandwiches.
  9. Bacon cheeseburgers.
  10. Tacos.

And that’s just my top ten.

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Sweet Potato Energy Shake

A seriously delicious shake that also happens to be full of healthy goodness.

Sweet potato energy shake

Hello, 2016.  I’ve been…expecting you.

The start of the new year seems like a good time to lay down some Ready to Yumble principles.  Now, I know that approximately 132% of Americans take January to set some new goals, plans some new resolutions, and hit the gym and the juice.  I’m all for healthy food and fitness, but let’s be honest, this blog has one focus, and that’s deliciousness.  We won’t….nay, we can’t…post a recipe for raw kale and call it a day.

Fortunately, there are a good number of recipes out there which are both delicious and nutritious.  Mom was right!  And because we love all of you folks on the other side of internet, this month we will put a special emphasis on those dishes.  Because we want to help you reach your goals!  (And because we are likewise trying to wean ourselves off Christmas cookies.  It’s a struggle.)

So here’s your first serving of goodness, and trust me, I would not be featuring a drink without alcohol if it weren’t really really really tasty.

Sweet potato energy shake

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Smoked Salmon and Caper Spread

All the flavors of a perfect bagel sandwich, only finger-friendly and fancy.

Smoked salmon and caper spreadI’m not a huge New Year’s Eve person.  I count it among the most overrated of holidays, especially because I refuse to pay cover at a bar, on principle, just because it happens to be the last day of the year.  I’m lame that way.

But I CAN get behind snacks, always, any day.  And New Years Eve is a good time to make snacks.  If you’re hosting a group of people, they need something to eat with that champagne, right?  Here’s something easy and oh-so-classy to add to your shindig: smoked salmon and caper spread.  It’s finger-friendly, it’s drink-friendly, and it’s make-ahead friendly.  Quite simply, it’s friendly!  And your friends will love it back.

New Year’s Eve?  Overrated.  Snacks and friends?  RATED.  (I don’t underrate them. They are both actually really good things.  And it’s probably impossible to overrate both.  So….new adjective.  You’re welcome.)

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