Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Asian Meatball Subs and Speed Eating

I've always been a pretty fast eater.  I think it stems from when I was a little kid and we'd go to McDonalds as a special treat on the long car ride down to the beach in Nag's Head.  My Dad is also a fast eater, so we'd all sit down with our delicious McDonald's food and 3 nanoseconds later, he's done with his meal and starts eyeing my fries.  Now come on, you've had McDonald's fries before...you wouldn't want to share, would you?  No you would not.  So the only way to stop this man from eating ALL of my delicious McDonald's fries is to scarf them down as fast as humanly possible for a 7 year-old.  This way, I have a chance at being finished at the same time he is and he has to pick on my slower-eating 4 year-old sister and eat her fries.

So I never really got over my "eat fast or someone will steal all your food" mentality, and to this day, my husband doesn't like to go to sushi with me because he says I eat all the rolls before he's even had one.  He's charming.  Anywho, a lot of times when I cook dinner, I make my plate first, take the pictures, and then actually start eating while he's making his.  Plus, my portion is usually only half what his is (small portions is another way to avoid getting fat from this blog).  So this usually results in my being finished with my meal when he is only halfway done with his.  And it never fails....he'll look up, see that my plate is empty and look at me like this:

What?  Its delicious and I got a head start and you had WAY more, so wipe that look off your face, DEAR!  This happened last night with the Asian Turkey Meatball Subs.  They were pretty tasty...I served them with sweet potato waffle fries and the zippy lime sauce was perfection.

Asian Turkey Meatball Subs with Zippy Ginger Lime Cilantro Mayo
Source: Gina's Skinny Recipes

1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 1/4 lb ground turkey (not turkey breast)
1 egg
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil

Hoagie or Sub rolls
2 cups cabbage, shredded
Zippy Mayo

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil and lightly spray oil.

Mix all ingredients until well combined and form into 12 evenly sized meatballs. Bake for 25-30 minutes until cooked through. While meatballs are baking, stir fry the cabbage in 1 tbs of canola oil until tender crisp.

*Zippy Ginger Lime Cilantro Mayo
1/3 cup light mayo
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp chili oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp grated lime zest
juice from 1/2 small lime
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
pinch of kosher salt

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until subs are ready to assemble.

Place 3 meatballs onto toasted sub rolls. Top with mayo and stir fried cabbage. Serve immediately.


  1. I love your writing style! very funny post, and those meatballs look wonderful!

  2. Those meatballs look soooo good!

  3. WHOA...So awesome!! You are hilariousss