Back in my university days, I used to eat out a lot. I wasn’t one of those kids that brought a lunch from home to school, instead, I would usually stop in the cafeteria and order something quick and tasty. Nothing was off limits. Burgers, fries, pizza…
But one of my favorite meals was Sweet and Sour Pork over rice. There is something about the combination of sweet and sour mixed together in a thick and gooey sauce. But that “something” was also loaded with calories, fat, and sodium!
Since I’ve become more aware of what I put into my mouth, I’m always looking for ways to “healthify” my favorite flavors, sweet and sour being one of them. These Sweet and Sour Meatballs definitely fit that criteria.
A few of the ways this recipe is healthier than the original:
- I’ve replaced ground beef or pork with ground chicken
- More veggies have been added
- Whole grain rice is used instead of white rice
- I’ve used low-sodium ingredients
This is another recipe the whole family enjoyed. The kids love the sweetness of the pineapple and ketchup while hubby and I love the juicy and healthier chicken meatballs. I also loved drizzling the leftover sauce on top, so it soaked right down into the rice.
This meal is also extremely easy to prepare. I used one skillet for the meatballs and sauce and my rice cooker for the rice. I highly recommend a rice cooker. I no longer have an ugly mess to clean up after cooking rice on the stove! I just measure my rice and water and let the cooker work it’s magic. You can also prep this meal ahead of time by making the meatballs the night before and having them ready to throw in the sauce later.