Feb 23, 2014

Asian Turkey Meatballs With Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce



These Asian inspired meatballs are out of this world! Made with ground turkey, ginger, scallions, cilantro and sesame oil with a wonderful tangy sesame-lime dipping sauce. You can make them for dinner or serve them as an appetizer by making them half their size and setting out toothpicks for dipping into that delicious sauce.


I first posted these meatballs back in 2010 and the quickly became a fan favorite! Often I served them with brown rice or Asian "fried" brown rice, but lately I've been on a zoodle (zucchini noodle) kick and made them for dinner this week served over these zucchini noodles for a low-carb meal and they were fantastic!

To make the zucchini noodles, you'll need a spiralizer (I love my Paderno Spiral Vegetable Sliceror a mandolin fitted with a julienne blade. You can see my Italian Zoodles and Meatball recipe here for more detailed instructions if you wish to make this as a side, the only difference was here I used sesame oil to cook the zucchini.




Asian Turkey Meatballs with Lime Cilantro Dipping Sauce
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Servings: 4 • Size: 3 meatballs w/ sauce • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 7 pts
Calories: 300 • Fat: 15 g • Carb: 7 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 30 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 866 mg • Cholesterol: 148 mg

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup panko crumbs
  • 1-1/4 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
For the Dipping Sauce:
  • 3 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh scallion

Directions:


Preheat oven to 500°F.

In a large bowl combine the ground turkey, panko, egg, salt, scallions, ginger, cilantro, 1 tbsp of the soy sauce and 2 tsp sesame oil. Gently mix with your hands until combined well. Shape meatballs 1/4 cup in size and transfer to a baking sheet. Bake until cooked through and browned, about 15 to 18 minutes.


For the dipping sauce: mix the lime juice, water, soy sauce, and remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in a bowl. Add the scallions and set aside.

Transfer the meatballs to a serving dish. Stir the sauce, then drizzle the meatballs with a little of the sauce. Serve the meatballs with the remaining sauce on the side.

Makes 12 meatballs.

349 comments :

  1. Oooh these look (and sound) so good, I might give them a try this week. I made your yummy taco chili at the weekend but forgot to take a pic of it, I used your pic on my blog and linked back to you to give credit. I hope that is ok, please let me know if it's not, and I will remove it.
    Thanks for sharing all your great recipes. Hope your new little one is doing well.
    Hugs Denise

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  2. Looks like a great recipe, I'll have to give it a try. :o)

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  3. This looks so yummy!
    We can't easily get turkey in Singapore...how do you think it will taste with lean ground beef?

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  4. This looks delicious! It's for sure going on my menu for next week and I'll be sure to link back you in my post!

    www.hagensnest.blogspot.com

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  5. oh i'm making these for sure!

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  6. The lime sesame sauce sounds really good. Good enough to even toss over rice or noodles. Mmmm!

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  7. I'm about to change my menu this week to add these. I have everything but the cilantro..which the hubs doesn't like. I can't wait!

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  8. Use Italian parsley instead of cilantro and you have a green! grins.

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  9. This is good timing. I'm having a dinner party on Saturday. These would make good appetizers. Thanks!

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  10. Gina...LOVE this website! Would you mind telling me how you did your fried brown rice?
    Thanks so much!

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  11. Sure! Cook the brown rice. Scramble an egg with nonstick spray in a skillet and set aside. Add sesame oil and cooked rice to the skillet, chopped scallions, soy sauce and Asian fish Sauce if you have and saute a few minutes.

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  12. OH MY! I fixed these tonight and they were even BETTER than I could have imagined!! Thank you for the recipe!! YUM!!

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  13. Looks like a great recipe! The dipping sauce sounds fantastic.

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  14. Hi Gina - I made this recipe tonight. Sooo good! Both my teenage son and husband loved it. Good thing that I put some aside for myself or else I might not have had a chance to taste them. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I had friends over for dinner and made the meatballs with brown rice and broccoli. There wasn't a single crumb left over, everyone loved them!!! When I told everyone that it was weight watchers friendly not a single person believed me, especially the guys! Thanks for taking the time to post such wonderful recipes. Every time I try one, I love it!!!

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  16. Had these last night. They were so easy and delicious. My sons 14 and 11 loved them! We are having spahgetti squash and meat sauce tonight. Gina, your photography made me want to try these recipes!

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  17. SUPER YUM! I just finished cooking this meal. I took Lindsey's advice and served it with broccoli. I actually think it would be really nice served with bok choy or even an asian salad!

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  18. @Crystal - Yes! I agree!! Even edamame or snap peas!

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  19. Pete, Nicole & Family thinks this recipe is so delicious. They were gone is 5 minutes!

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  20. These were great! They are going to be my lunch with roasted veggies. Thank you I love your recipes.

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  21. Thanks Pete & Nicole :)

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  22. when is your book coming? I am buying it! lol

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  23. gina, thanks for this recipie! i made it tonight for dinner. my boyfriend and i loved it! it didnt take that long to make at all. i definately will make this again!

    i took the remaining dipping sauce that i didnt use (you were right 1 tbsp was just enough) and sauted some green beans in it. it tastes great.

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  24. Great idea Carrie!

    lol about the book. would be nice!

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  25. Hey Gina,
    this recipe is amazing! they disappeared so quickly at my house, i couldnt beleive it :) i am going to try making turkey burgers with this recipe as well, i think it will be a nice twist!
    Thanks again for the amazing recipes.

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  26. I think it would be amazing with salmon burgers!

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  27. Loved these so much! Thanks. My husband loved them, too. We made them appetizer size. Oh, so good.

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  28. I plan on doing that the next time I make them!

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  29. Loved these, and so did my BF. I honestly think he enjoys your website more than I do. Also, for those who are feeling spicy...add a little chili paste/sauce for an extra kick!

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  30. These were super yummy! Will definitely be making these again :) Thank you for so many tasty recipes!

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  31. I made these and they tasted great. My 3 year old even said "o-kawari!", which roughly means "more please!". Thanks for the great recipe. When my wife gets home from work, she's going to have them too.

    A question. I see "panko" a lot in recipes. I was wondering if there's a difference between them and breadcrumbs? In Japan, "panko" means breadcrumbs. How long have we used it in English?

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  32. Alex- Panko crumbs are Japanese crumbs they use to make tempura. They are lighter and crunchier.

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  33. I made this recipe in the form of little 1 inch meatballs for our Superbowl party yesterday. (I used the "extra lean ground turkey.) They were a huge hit. There was not a single meatball left!!

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  34. Thanks Tracy! I knew they would be a great appetizer!

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  35. I came back to these last night and served them hot over spring greens, so they wilted just a little, with a little of the dipping sauce drizzled as a dressing - YUM!! AND Oh so filling!!

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  36. Ooh, nice over wilted greens. Great if you're not eating carbs!

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  37. This recipe looks terrific. Can I omit the panko? Looking to remove the carbs.
    Thanks!

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  38. You can but meatballs tend to be tough without breadcrumbs or panko.

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  39. These were awesome...My picky husband loved them! I love your website and have braved a few recipes and have many more on the list! Thanks so much and keep posting them :)

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  40. Gina, these are addicting. I've made them 3 times since I found this post about 3 weeks ago. I even made them into appetizer size to serve at a party. Big hit!

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  41. @Terri! I think these make great apps!

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  42. I had these for dinner tonight and they were great! I will be making them again for sure. Thanks for a wonderful website, Gina.

    Monique

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  43. A friend shared your website with me and I am so glad she did! I haven't found a recipe yet that doesn't look/sound delicious! I'm definitely trying these meatballs out soon. Thank you! :D

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  44. These look and sound seriously delicious. @losingmybehind on Twitter mentioned them and pointed me in this direction, and I'm glad she did!

    These'll be going on my menu plan sometime soon.

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  45. These are great! You won't be disappointed!

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  46. Gina,
    These meatballs were wonderful! We ate them with broccoli and enjoyed dipping that into the extra sauce too! One of the best recipes that we have tried from your site! Thanks for all the great recipes. We have been making one of your recipes each night for dinner for 2 months and both my husband and I have lost 30 lbs. doing so! Thanks!

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  47. Yes!! these are the BEST! We are going to make them for an upcoming party and have them in a chaffing dish!

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  48. yay, 30 lbs!! I love that you are making a recipe each night from my site!!

    @Dee= the really are party worthy!!

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  49. Hi Gina,

    These meatballs sound wonderful! I'm new to your site and I was wondering if when you call for 93% lean ground turkey, do you use turkey breast only or is a mix OK? Thank you for providing such an important service for those of us seeking to eat healthier!

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  50. It might be a mix, I'm not sure. It says 93% lean on the package. I have not tried it with the 99% lean turkey, I'm not sure if it would be too dry. If anyone tries it let me know!

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  51. Just made these for dinner, A-MAZING! So simple and really flavorful. I didn't have cilantro so i used parsley. Still really delish.

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  52. We had this tonight for dinner. THEY WERE YUMMY! I was hoping to have some leftover for my lunch tomorrow but my husband and daughter had other plans for the leftovers. Making them again this weekend!

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  53. I have the same problem when I make these! :)

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  54. I started back on WW this week and tried these tonight...they were so good!!! My husband even liked them and went back for seconds. Thanks for writing this blog, I am so glad I found it. I can't wait to try some more recipes. :-)

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  55. Made these Saturday night and we served them over a bed of sitr fried Napa cabbage with slices of onion and red bell pepper! Was wonderful. The only thing I would not do next time is the cilantro. I just don't like it - tastes soapy. Fortunately, the wonderful sauce cancelled out the icky cilantro taste.

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  56. I made these tonight and just LOVED them! I've sent the recipe along to my friends and they all agreed that they sound amazing. Glad I can let them know they are:) THANK YOU!

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  57. Cilantro is one of those things, you either love it or hate it. I love it!

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  58. WHOA!!!!!! I just made these today, i'm actually sitting eating them right now. SO YUMMY. Better than dining out for sure. I love your recipes thankyou so much. I've done ww for a long time and their food has always been lacking in flavour. Not this!! Good thing I made a double batch...making the second round tomorrow!

    Thanks Gina!

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  59. This recipe was amazing! I made it the other day for me and my husband and we both loved it. The dipping sauce tastes just like the sauce they serve you at your table at PF Changs.

    Gina-I stumbled upon your website when searching for WW recipes and am so happy I did! I have made several of your recipes and I love how flavorful they all are! My husband is amazed they are healthy. Your photography is what initially drew me to your recipes, it is beautiful. You really should publish a recipe book.

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  60. @Melissa and Becky- Thank you!! A picture is worth a thousand words, and I'm glad they flavor lives up to my photos!! Becky, I really have hopes to make a cookbook. Thanks for your encouragement.

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  61. Made these tonight with an asian salad on the side. YUMMY! I added a little grated lime zest to intensify the flavor and wowzers..SOOO good. I am definetly making these again. So dificult to find great turkey recipes. I wonder if these could be made into burgers on the stovetop-possible? We had asian chicken burgers at a resturant the other day and I wonder if they could be duplicated with turkey since ground chicken is so expensive.

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  62. I made these tonight (without cilantro) and they were soooo good! I did make the sauce, but wasn't a big fan, so I dipped them in ketchup :)! I'm making your pasta bolognese tomorrow night! Oh and your skinny parm. has become a weekly staple in my house! Thank you for helping me and my family eat healthier!

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  63. @Jennistarbrite- I'm sure they would make great burgers. Better than chicken in my opinion!!

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  64. Hi Gina!
    I made these earlier this week and they are terrific!! 5 STARS! :) The only thing different that I did was to add sesame seeds to the dipping sauce.

    I posted the recipe on my blog if you want to check it out:

    http://ashleyscookingadventures.blogspot.com/2010/04/asian-meatballs.html

    Thanks for the awesome website, I'll definitely be trying lots of your recipes!

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  65. my kids and I loved this!

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  66. Great idea adding sesame seeds!

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  67. I didn't have any of the ingredients to make the meatballs so I made the dipping sauce and poured it on rice noodles like someone up-thread suggested...so good!

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  68. This may be a dumb question, but what are panko crumbs?? Just found you website and I'm loving it! So many great recipes!

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  69. Oh, I just found the answer to my own question (what are panko crumbs) in a previous post... can you find that anywhere?? What can I use to substitute if I can't find it?? Thank you!!

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  70. Yes, look in your Asian section of your supermarket. If not, low carb breadcrumbs would work as well.

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  71. These were very good and very easy to make! Someone suggested using the sauce on the rice and that tasted really good too. The only substitute I made was coarse ground mustard for the ginger...I didn't have any on hand.

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  72. How much dried ginger should I use if I don't have minced?

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  73. @Sassafrass, You can use a tsp of dried ginger.

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  74. I'm assuming the garlic and ginger go into the meatball mix? There is no mention of it in the instructions part. Looking forward to trying these tonight!

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  75. @Tina, Thanks Yes! Funny no one's mentioned that before!

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  76. Oh, these were delicious. I served them with fried brown rice and steamed broccoli. Thank you for the low WW points recipes that are so unique and easy to make! I made the cilantro lime shrimp last night, and the Santa Fe Croc Pot Chicken is tomorrow's dinner. Way to go, Gina!

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  77. My husband and I have made these several times with the cilantro lime rice and they are superb! Thanks so much for sharing your recipes and mouthwatering photos!

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  78. Hi Gina

    Midway through, do we need to flip or turn the meatballs, or do I just let it sit on the one side for 15 min? This looks delicious! Can't wait to make it tonight.

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  79. Thanks for all your comments. No need to flip them.

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  80. This was the first recipe I tried and I was instantly hooked.

    Delicious with fried brown rice; I love the idea for an appetizer too; I will have to add it to my list of app options.

    Thanks for making WW so much easier!

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  81. We made these for dinner last night. SO YUMMY! I had forgotten to add the garlic and ginger, but they still tasted super awesome. Also, I used key lime juice instead of regular lime juice (I picked up the wrong container at the grocery store!) so the dipping sauce had just a bit of sweetness to it. My hubby LOVED it! We will definitely make these again!!

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  82. I made this tonight and they turned out great even though I had to use regular seasoned breadcrumbs instead of panko crumbs (which I could have sworn I had on hand-grrr!). I really like the dipping sauce with them. Next time I'm going to make them smaller and serve them with soba noodles tossed with some of the dipping sauce and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds (1 tsp of s.seeds is 0pts!). Thanks for the great recipe, Gina!!

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  83. mmmmmmm.. these were so good! The only problem was I wanted to keep eating them!!! My plan was to warm some up the next day for lunch, but I kept going back for more!

    This is my 10th recipe I've tried of yours, and they have all been amazing!! :)

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  84. I know, it's hard not to eat them all! My trick to not overeating is to make a big salad and a healthy veggie on the side! Edamame is great with this!

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  85. Hi Gina,
    I love the recipes! I'm trying this one tonight. I saw on the comments that you make the fried brown rice with the meatballs and I was curious on how many points the rice would be?

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  86. 8 thumbs up from my family!!!
    So so good. I added some hot mustard to the dipping sauce to give it a little kick and it was awesome!
    Thanks for this.
    KIM

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  87. I don't recall, I'll make it again this week and post it! I have some turkey so I'll be making these meatballs!

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  88. Love these! My 6 year old son thought I was trying to trick him b/c I said we were having meatballs and these didn't look like the meatballs I make with pasta! I served them over brown rice and added some egg whites and stirfry veggies to the rice. I can't wait to make these as an appetizer! Someone mentioned serving them with hot mustard and I think that is a great idea to have a variety of dipping sauces when served as an appetizer. YUMMY!

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  89. How cute! Yes, what a great idea to have a variety of dipping sauces if serving as an appetizer!

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  90. Hi Gina - I made this last night and it was delicious, but I want to offer a few comments/suggestions: 1) I found that the cilantro was way too heavy. I could have cut it back by half and it still would have been enough. 2) I think between the sesame seed oil in the meatballs AND the sauce, it was just WAY too much. My bf and I were both sick because it was just too oily (and we ate the correct portions - actually less!) I plan to make them again, using 1/2 of the cilantro and half of the sesame oil in the meatballs. Also, I found that the meatballs so flavorful, that I didn't even need the sauce. Depsite all that, it was a delicious recipe that will be in permanent rotation. :-)

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  91. This is the first recipe of yours I've tried, it was SO good! We had brown rice and green beans with it. Even my mom and brother loved it, and they are very picky! ;) Tonight I'm making the minestrone in the crock pot. Smells so good in here! Can't wait to try more of your recipes, so glad I found this site!

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  92. @Emmy- Cilantro is not for everyone!! Thanks for sharing your version.

    @skynymini Great, Glad you liked it!!

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  93. I never send comments but just had to say how easy and yummy these were to make! My kids really liked them (no easy feat with a 2 year old). I have copied down several of your recipes to try this week and can't wait to see how those turn out!

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  94. These were SO good. I'm adding this to my recipe box! Kids and adults loved them. I also made the brown fried rice. Thank you for a wonderful website, complete with delicious recipes and pictures!

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  95. hi gina on the fried rice recipe with the meatballs is the points including that or is it seperate?

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  96. The rice would be separate.

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  97. I give up printing your recipes, it's a waste of paper. When I use your button to print Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp, the recipe printed on page one and I had 7 more pages of just page 2 of 8 etc. Tried Asian Turkey Meatballs and got 15 pages wasted!

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  98. It's your web browser, you have to update Internet Explorer (free). Or use Firefox, it's free and no issues with printing.

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  99. I cannot wait to try these! They look wonderful.

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  100. "Anonymous said...
    I give up printing your recipes, it's a waste of paper. When I use your button to print Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp, the recipe printed on page one and I had 7 more pages of just page 2 of 8 etc. Tried Asian Turkey Meatballs and got 15 pages"

    I have the same problem, I love your recipes, how can I print your recipe without the pictures and wasted paper.

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  101. hi gina thank you so much for your wonderful recipes. i have made chicken and white bean enchiladas w/creamy salsa verde twice in the last 2 weeks and they are HEAVENLY. my hubby LOVES this recipe and that is saying alot as he can be a very picky eater but they are now his favorite enchilada recipe. i could not believe how easy the salsa verde was to make and i will never ever buy a canned sauce again. EVER!!

    now i want to make your asian turkey meatballs this coming week and have a question re: the ginger..your recipe calls for 1tablespoon..is that correct and your instructions do not call for it but you do indeed include it? thanks so much for all of your hard work with this site..it is just beautiful and the recipes sound so yummy.. warm regards chris

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  102. I think the ginger is what makes them taste so good! :) I put a full tbsp in mine. I have made them so many times now, I have lost count :)

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  103. I just finished preparing these Asian turkey meatballs. These are terrific! I have never tasted turkey meatballs that were so tasty and delicious. I am trying to find ways to eliminate beef from my diet and this is a good start! However, I am not too fond of the sauce. Is there another sauce you can recommend? I am going to try these out on my Soul of Cinema group!

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  104. @chris- 1 tbsp sounds perfect. It's a matter of taste.

    @Stormy- The sauce is what makes this! See what your group thinks!

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  105. Dipping them in creamy avocado salsa with some steamed Napa cabbage and sliced zucchini...YUM!

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  106. Gina, I made these tonight with stir fried sechuan broccoli and my husband and son both loved them, as did I! We will definitely make them again, but perhaps half the size. Yum!

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  107. I have made these twice and everybody loves them including my picky husband! Thanks so much! <3

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  108. Does the recipe call for ginger root or pickled ginger?

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  109. So happy everyone loves these!!

    Fresh Ginger which I keep in my freezer btw. It's easy to grate and lasts longer.

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  110. Made these last night with the Cilantro Lime Rice and we LOVED them! THANKS for another great recipe!

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  111. We made these this evening. I thought they were delicous. My oven didn't go to 500, so I baked them at 425 and just kept an eye on them. I did the fried brown rice and instead of adding soy sauce, I just added the rest of the dipping sauce. I saw another post about adding sesame seeds to the sauce and I toasted those first. This will be on my fav's list for a long while.

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  112. I've had this recipe bookmarked for ages, but just got around to making it tonight. Holy yum!! This recipe was so easy and so delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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  113. I made these for the first time tonight.. really yummy! I did use 99% fat free turkey (and even forgot to put in the egg) and they were not dry at all..Thanks!

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  114. I made these last night and I can't stop eating them! They are delicious! I like them without the dipping sauce. Next time I make them I think I will use less ginger, but ginger or not, they are amazing!

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  115. OMG Gina, I made this again today but added it to a noodle soup and it was delicious. I added a tab of the dipping sauce into the broth... I love this recipe!

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  116. Ceemarie- What a great idea! Thanks for the suggestion!

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  117. I only have 99% fat free turkey. Can I substitute this instead of 93% and if so do I need to make any changes to the recipe to compensate for the lack of fat?? thanks!

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  118. I'm sure it would work out, give it a try and see.

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  119. We made them with ground chicken instead of turkey, because it was much cheaper at our grocery store. They were AWESOME!!

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  120. That's great to know, I don't always have success with ground chicken.

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  121. Thought you might like to know, you've inspired my family to embark on an Asian inspired Thanksgiving this year...starting with these amazing sounding meatballs...I can't wait!

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  122. Gina, these are fantastic! Our whole family loved them. My husband is Chinese and we think these taste just like a dumpling filling. I was wondering what to do for Chinese New Year - now I know! Thank you so much!

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  123. GoodbyeGrl- Ooh that's fun!! I love love Asian food, an Asian Thanksgiving is such a neat idea. Lots of stir fried side dishes!

    DT- I love the idea of using this as dumpling filling. Thanks for the idea, my husband will love it!

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  124. Hi! Love the site. I'd like to try these, but I was interested in the "oven fried brown rice" you mentioned. I've never heard of that. Can you explain? Sounds good.

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  125. Did I say Oven fried rice? I made this with brown fried rice, which I have a recipe for.

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  126. Thanks, Gina. I think I need new glasses! lol Love your site, btw. :)

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  127. This was absolutely delectable. The only thing I did differently was grate the ginger and garlic. My Family are ground beef eaters, but recently, we've been attempting to eat healthier. For us, ground turkey isn't an easy food to like, but in this dish the turkey was perfect. We didn't miss the beef at all! Its my new favorite recipe for ground turkey!

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  128. Aren't they good! I'm going to a Christmas party, I'm making these as an app, mini ones with dipping sauce and toothpicks. I'm also making mini Greek meatballs with Tzaziki and mini Italian Meatballs. Fun!!

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  129. This is my favorite recipe on this site!! So delish!! Don't have my new calculator handy! Hope the new points are good!!!!!

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  130. how many points plus would this be? you do not have all the nutritional info on this one

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  131. Just wanted to let you know that I'm the cook for my family of nine, and everytime I make one of your recipies my family is overjoyed! We love them all... even the family members who don't follow the WW plan love your dishes! Thank you so much. I am making these for dinner - my family loves them. :-)

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  132. Wow, family of 9! I'm happy you can get everyone to like the same thing!

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  133. These were absolutely awesome. Everyone loved them. I'm trying to figure out what I can sub for breadcrumbs to make them for my gluten-free MIL.

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  134. Phenomenal.

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  135. We had these last night, and they were a hit! Thanks for another awesome recipe, Gina!

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  136. Made them exactly as written, served with leftover coconut rice and steamed broccoli, and they were just delicious. I had your roasted butternut squash with brown sugar for desert. Perfect Sunday dinner. Thanks, Gina!

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  137. Yet another hit! I made this with a stir fry of green beans, pea pods, celery, mushrooms, and zucchini. I used the leftover sauce as the sauce for the vegetables. YUM!

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  138. Sounds delicious, but when I put it in my WW recipe builder, it came to 8 points per serving, not 6. Wonder why the discrepancy?

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  139. just wondering, did you put the raw turkey or cooked, makes a difference. listed above is the raw weight.

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  140. I entered it as raw, 20 ounces.

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  141. Hannah I just checked my calculations, I knew there was too much dipping sauce (makes 9 tbsp) you only use 5 tbsp, so that extra tsp of oil was not counted. What I should really do is adjust the sauce ingredients.

    Also, my turkey is calculated on cooked weight (15 oz) not raw and that seems to be 1 point different.

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  142. I've made these twice now, and been thrilled with the results both times.

    The first time, I used the 93%-lean ground turkey. The second time, I used the 99%-lean ground turkey breast. With the 99%-lean meat, I encountered two main differences: the meatballs were a bit drier and they stuck to the baking pan. Next time, if I use the leaner meat, I will go ahead and spray the pan. As far as the dryness goes: it was a difference, but they were so delicious that I didn't mind it really.

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  143. These were so delicious. My fiance and I both loved them. We might make them as dumplings next time, for wonton soup or just with sauce. Or just make an asian soup stock with smaller meatballs. Or maybe make a meatloaf with this mixture. Anything as long as we can eat them again. Thanks!!

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  144. These are the most delicious meatballs I've ever had! Thanks Gina!

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  145. I made these tonight with ground chicken as I am not a huge turkey fan. The only difference I found was that I needed a touch more panko as chicken is a bit wetter. Still they were fantastic. I plan to use the same seasoning with salmon burgers this weekend.

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  146. Thank you for this recipe. Even though I made a lot of changes to it it was a great jumping off point that I needed for inspiration. Everyone loved the meatballs, I have saved this and plan on making them for Super Bowl.

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  147. Yet another amazing recipe! Thank you so much!! Made this with the fried brown rice and it was fantastic!

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  148. graceismine2/9/11, 5:53 PM

    Love these! I serve them with a little linguine cooked with cabbage, carrots, onions and soy sauce. It really takes care of my chinese food cravings and with no guilt! :O)

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  149. DELICIOUS AND FAST! Your site make me feel like a gourmet cook, thanks.

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  150. So we should enter in turkey as cooked instead of raw? I'm not understanding why there would be a difference between raw and cooked.

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  151. Meat weighs less after it cooks, so nutritional info is different for cooked vs raw. So you need to make sure if you're calculating raw weight, the ni is for raw weight or it will be off.

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  152. Hi Gina - I came up with 7 points, however, my calories per serving was ~280. Not sure how yours is 229.

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  153. Not sure, I just checked and I'm still getting 228, are you using cooked weight for the turkey? Cooked weight is 16 oz.

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  154. Gina! I just want to start off by saying, I love your recipes! I have a little question for you... many of your recipes require the use of ground turkey, however, I am working abroad and ground turkey is just not found here in the Dominican Republic! Do you think I could substitute lean ground beef or ground chicken? Which would be the better option in your opinion?

    Thanks!

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  155. I'm jealous!! I'm not a fan of ground chicken breast but that would be the leanest option for you.

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  156. Hi Gina. I put your stats in my Points Plus calculator and I came up with 6 PP. You didn't list fiber so I put 0 but was just curious how you got 7 PP. Also I was going to make the meatballs smaller than 1/4 cup size. Maybe half that size. Do you think they will still turn out okay doing that? Looks like a great dish and I plan to make it tonight!

    Kelly H

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  157. momtocarina3/7/11, 9:13 PM

    These were absoulutely the best meatballs I have ever made. I played with the sauce a bit- I also thought it was a bit too sesame-oilish so I added 1 tbsp more soy sauce, some ginger, 1 tbsp sweet chili sauce, and a sprinkle of Truvia.

    My daughter cleaned her plate and asked for more, which NEVER happens with protein. Ever. And my hubby, who usually hates ground turkey, loved these as well. I am going to make a double batch over the weekend and freeze them. I hope it works!

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  158. I second momtocarina! I made them on Monday night and my husband and I devoured them! They made excellent leftovers too for him to take to lunch. I actaully forgot the ginger though haha so ill have to add that next time, probably next week! Yum and thanks! I gave you a shout out on my blog...www.thebasilbee.blogspot.com

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  159. Kelly, smaller would be fine. Not sure why our points came out different though.

    momtocarina, I'm also a mom to Karina (my older daughter) So happy you all liked it, Basil Bee too!

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  160. I have made these a number of times and they really are our favorite meatballs! I always make them much smaller (so you can have more) and in a double batch to bake and freeze. These freeze really well when they are precooked. I just make my dipping sauce fresh each time.

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  161. Doreen, my friend had a dinner party this weekend and made these for me, lol. I loved them even more because I wasn't doing the cooking!

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  162. Absolutely delicious! I used the extra sauce to fry into my fried rice.

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  163. Thanks Gina - just found your site a few days ago. Yesterday we made these meatballs and today was your chili recipe. Both were hits with my family and I feel really good about serving healthy low-fat food. Looking forward to making more of your dishes!

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  164. I know this isn't very "skinny", but do you think it would work to use ground beef for these?? After reading everyone's comments, I am totally drooling!!! But, I don't have any ground turkey right now. Just good grass fed beef. What are your thoughts?

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  165. I have never commented on someone's recipe before, but I have to say....these were one of the best things I've ever recreated. I was not a fan of ground turkey the last time I cooked with it, but this has totally converted me. I'm drooling over some of your other recipes now!!

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  166. This would work with beef, I would use super lean beef.

    Amalia, great!! I actually love turkey in meatballs, even my skinny Italian meatballs are great. I prefer 93% lean most of the time, the 99% can be pretty dry. Try my meatloaf, you'll love it!

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  167. I made these the first time on 3/15/11 before this recipe, I hated ground turkey. I am making these meatballs for dinner tonight, for the third time in less than a month. Last time I made them, I doubled the recipe so I could put a batch in the freezer for an easy dinner. They didn't make it to the freezer! I have shared this recipe/website with many people and everyone LOVES it. Thank you for all you do.

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  168. Gina - love your site! My roommate and I stumbled onto it a little over a month ago and we have now made too many of your dishes to count. They are all simple, natural, and healthy! My favorite thing about this recipe is that the flavors all come together so that you're not just tasting one particular spice, but a beautiful blend of yummy that just explodes in your mouth! Thanks for making such great recipes so accessible!

    Side note - I used jarred minced ginger and it was delicious!

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  169. Just made these...again. They never get old! Love, love, love them.

    Heather
    on Twitter: hpena@umn.edu

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  170. These were great. Swapped the cilantro out for parsley but made it exactly as written otherwise. Thanks for another great recipe!

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  171. Wow. This was incredible. My wife was blown away by how good it was. I replaced half of the 93/7 ground turkey with 99/1 and it was still really juicy. The ginger, scallions, and cilantro go together so well!

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  172. This is an awesome recipe! Served it with steamed broccoli and brown rice. Three cheers for Gina!

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  173. This is always a HIT in my house!

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  174. Stephanie C.5/26/11, 12:02 AM

    I've already made this recipe twice in the last couple of weeks because it's so yummy! These really have so much flavor and my husband and I both love the lime dipping sauce. Gina, I found your website through a friend and have been using your recipes nonstop since, especially since I'm trying to lose weight. So far, with my dieting, exercise, and preparing healthier dinners, I've lost 25 lbs. and am trying to lose 15 more. Thanks so much for the great recipes and including the nutritional info!

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  175. Just made this last night. OMG!!! It was so easy and delicious!!!!! My family love it!!!!!!

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  176. Even though it's been said a hundred times already. OMG GOOD!!!!!!!! :) :) :) I made these tonight and am eating them as I type over rice with egg and scallions. SO GOOD.

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  177. I just made these tonight for the first time and they were SO good! The sauce definitely makes this dish (although the meatballs were pretty amazing too)! I would definitely double the sauce the next time I make these. I forgot to add the sesame oil to the meatballs, but they were still really good - can't wait to see how good they are with the oil added. I served these with your brown fried rice, which I added a thawed package of frozen chopped broccoli to. The rice was a little soggy (a problem I usually run into when making rice), but still really good. I don't belong to WW, but your sight is my new go-to place to find new recipes because I know they'll be healthy, flavorful and easy to prepare. I haven't been disappointed yet! Thank you Gina!!

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  178. Hi Gina - is there a sub you recommend for the sesame oil? My son is allergic. Thank you!

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  179. My 3 year old and I made these for dinner tonight with an asparagus and avocado salad. We both loved the meat balls and the dipping sauce and it was great fun shaping the meatballs together! Thanks. I just found your site and have passed it on to those I know will love it.

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  180. These were great.
    I modified them to be more paleo primal subbing coconut flour for Panko
    Thanks so much

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  181. I'm glad you all enjoyed them, Mary it's so fun cooking with your children!

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  182. I don't know how they taste yet..... but my house smells AMAZING!!

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  183. I just made these tonight.. what a fantastic meal! Thanks for posting such wonderful meals for the family. We are eating healthier and enjoying dinner so much more now.

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  184. Gina,
    I can't have sesame oil, I'm allergic. What could I use instead?

    thanks!

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  185. I like the flavor from the sesame oil but you could use peanut oil or any oil really.

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  186. Gina! BEST DISH YET! I'm in love!!! Thanks!

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  187. I'm making these tonight. don't have ground turkey so going to use ground beef.. Cannot wait. sounds yummy

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  188. Oh My goodness.
    Did not have turkey so used lean beef instead.. then did not have brown rice so used my white instead.
    This was delicious.......
    Thank you thank you thank you.
    there are only 2 meatballs left and we are only 2....
    will have to make these again.
    Colette

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  189. Could i make this into a meat loaf? and put the sauce over the top?

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  190. So good and I don't even care for ground turkey! Even reheated the leftovers gently in microwave and still so very good! Thank you Gina!!

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  191. Made these last night and they were SO good. Made with fried brown rice (added brocholi and onion and mushrooms to up veggies). My kids both said it was a repeat and ate every single last one of them!

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  192. these are absolutely addicting! my absolute favorite to make. i have all the pantry ingredients now (i had to purchase the sesame oil etc) but now I have enough to make these time and time again. i have class at night and many people tend to bring their dinners there and I opened up my container and EVERYONE raved about how yummy they smelled. :o) thanks Gina!

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  193. These are yummy.

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  194. These little gems are to die for! Wow is all I can say. And the dipping sauce is soooo good! My mouth is watering just thinking about them.

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  195. Deeee-lish, can't wait to make these again. The dipping sauce is fabulous. Even my picky little eater thought they were worth trying... can now add these to her short "Foods-I'll-eat List".

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  196. OMGosh...These were absolutely fab!!! I've made three of your dishes this week -- Thai Coconut Shrimp, Vietnamese Shaking Beef (Bo Luc Lac) and now this. My husband says I'm three for three. I plan to make chicken tomorrow and he insists I try another one of your recipes. Thanks so much for healthy food that tastes delish!

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  197. One of our family's favorite recipes. The dish is fabulous as is and everyone fights over who gets the last one. Thank you!!!

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