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Asian Meatball and Rice Toss

Try this one-skillet meal for an Asian-inspired take on pasta with meatballs, here using convenient frozen meatballs and plenty of veggies.

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  • prep time 35 min
  • total time
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 6
 

Ingredients

2
tablespoons butter
1
(6.8-oz.) pkg. beef-flavor rice and vermicelli mix
3
cups water
1/3
cup purchased Asian sesame marinade and salad dressing
1
(16-oz.) pkg. frozen cooked meatballs, thawed
1
cup julienne-cut (2x1/8x1/8-inch) carrots
1/2
cup halved fresh snow pea pods
3
tablespoons dry-roasted peanuts, chopped
3
tablespoons chopped green onions

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LOCATION

Steps

  • 1 Melt butter in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Stir in rice and vermicelli from mix; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until rice is lightly browned.
  • 2 Add water, Asian marinade and contents of seasoning packet from mix; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add meatballs and carrots; cover and cook 15 to 18 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • 3 Stir in pea pods. Cook, uncovered an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until pea pods are crisp-tender. Garnish individual servings with peanuts and onions.
  • 1 Melt butter in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Stir in rice and vermicelli from mix; cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until rice is lightly browned.
  • 2 Add water, Asian marinade and contents of seasoning packet from mix; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add meatballs and carrots; cover and cook 15 to 18 minutes or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally.
  • 3 Stir in pea pods. Cook, uncovered an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until pea pods are crisp-tender. Garnish individual servings with peanuts and onions.

EXPERT TIPS

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Expert Tips

To reduce sodium, use unsalted roasted peanuts. Each serving with unsalted roasted peanuts contains about 37 fewer milligrams of sodium per serving.

Cut the pea pods in half at an angle to provide a more interesting shape.

Finish this Asian-inspired rice meal with litchi nuts and green tea ice cream. The rough, bright-red shell of fresh litchis surrounds creamy white flesh that is juicy and delicately sweet. Dried, litchis resemble a nut, so they are often called litchi nuts. Look for them fresh or dried in the produce area of the grocery store or canned in the Oriental area of the grocery store.

Nutritional information

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Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cup
Calories
350
(
Calories from Fat
180),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
20%
(Saturated Fat
8g,
8%
),
Cholesterol
95mg
95%;
Sodium
870mg
870%;
Total Carbohydrate
24g
24%
(Dietary Fiber
1g
1%
  Sugars
7g
7%
),
Protein
18g
18%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
80%;
Vitamin C
6%;
Calcium
6%;
Iron
14%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.