You will fall in love once you’ve had a bite of this tsukune (Japanese chicken meatballs) serves with coconut rice and kale.
For the longest time I hated mushrooms. I thought they were weird looking and gross. Of course, I had never actually tasted one at the time. I mean, how could I? Look at them!! But then one day I was feeling adventurous and decided to give them a try. And would you look at that? Mushrooms are actually insanely delicious! After that, I was hooked on those meaty little morsels and would have them all the time. My mission as a mom is to pass on that mushroom love. My daughter acts like she doesn’t like them, but she really does because she eats them all the time – blended into her meals of course.
In my house I am all about blending veggies into our meat, mushrooms in particular. I am a certified Blenditarian. I find that blending mushrooms by chopping them to almost the same size as the ground meat you are mixing it with helps to add in some more nutrition while also adding in more volume to make a bigger meal. It also adds more depth of flavor to your meat.
In this tsukune, or Japanese chicken meatballs, the mushrooms are my secret ingredient that makes the meatballs irresistible. My near vegetarian nice will go crazy for my “blenditarian” method of adding the mushrooms to the meatballs. She can’t get enough.
I was first introduced to tsukune a few years ago when I was living with a few friends and one of their parents came to visit and made some for us. My Japanese chicken meatballs are nothing like their, but a very impressive and delicious spin on their dish.
First, I obviously added mushrooms blended into the meatballs. Second, I added coconut rice. I fell in love with coconut rice since the day I made it in my brand new kitchen with one of my best friends as we attempted to make Thai food together. It is the best rice ever.
If you are looking for a new way to spice up your mealtimes, I cannot recommend trying tsukune. The sweet soy sauce alone will have you wanting more! Even your kids won’t be able to deny how good these Japanese chicken meatballs are!
Nutrition Information: Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 577Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 121mgSodium: 979mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 34g