Happy Tuesday! If you’re looking for a delicious, slow cooker Asian meal, you have come to the right place! These Slow Cooker Asian Meatball Stir Fry Bowls is the perfect weeknight meal when you don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. Tuesday evenings are always so busy for us so I like to break out my slow cooker especially on those days, but ya’ll know a slow cooker meal is a preferred option of mine any day of the week!
Now, I’m gonna be honest with ya, while this recipe is a super fabulous one, I have struggled for three days just writing about these Slow Cooker Asian Meatball Stir Fry Bowls. Why is it that even when you have a good, solid recipe sometimes the only words you can think to say about the recipe is “This is delicious! You should make it!” I mean, I know ya’ll want to hear more about my recipe than “You should make it!” Maybe my poor ole mom brain is just tired and fried with all of the stress that’s been going around like the flu in my corner of the world. Yesterday I told you guys about the unfortunate demise of my oven over on my Baked Beef and Bean Burritos post so today I’ve got to tell you about the rest of that eventful weekend. Call it my therapy session and just humor me, okay?
So we went to Branson Missouri over the weekend for a little family get away. My poor husband was sicker than a dog and I begged him to postpone the trip or at least go see a doctor before we left, but you know how stubborn men are (no offense to my gentleman readers!) he just flat out refused to see a doctor. So we packed up and went on our merry way. All was going well, nothing crazy happened on our way to Branson and we made it to Silver Dollar City in one piece (my husband would say that in itself was a miracle since I was the one driving!). Erik and I had a fun time at Silver Dollar City while Mr. Speedy Spatula continued to feel sicker and just wasn’t able to enjoy his time there at all.
So fast forward to that evening. We’re all super tired and just made it to our hotel on Branson Landing and was walking to our restaurant when that thing that no mom wants to happen, happens. Erik was walking along beside me, acting silly and jumping around like most kids do, when BAM! The cobble stone side walk leaped up to great him with a hard kiss, right in the mouth. I scooped him up and immediately checked his teeth, and sure enough, his front left tooth was chipped. Boy did that ever set the tone for the evening!
This Momma was heart broken and worried sick about it all night. We ended up just taking our food back to the hotel and going to bed. Thankfully Erik wasn’t in any pain beyond the initial soreness of busting his lip and the impact of the fall and we were cleared by our dentist and reassured that the tooth was fine beyond just cosmetic damage.
With all of that being said, our trip didn’t end on a great note. We ended up just getting up the next day and driving home and canceling the rest of our plans. Even though it definitely wasn’t the best trip we’ve ever had, I am so thankful that Erik is okay and the damage wasn’t more serious! As far as Mr. Speedy goes, he still sounds like he’s dying and refuses to see a doctor. Hopefully he can fight this cold off quickly!
I know that was a long story and I really don’t know what it had to do with these Slow Cooker Asian Meatball Stir Fry Bowls, but I already feel better just sharing my mom woes with you all. Sometimes, the pain and difficulty of motherhood just needs to be shared with others – just as a good meal is meant to be shared, ones burdens as well as ones joys need to be shared. The sharing of life’s struggles and triumphs with good friends and family is what makes life so rich and beautiful. So I thank you all for listening to me and letting me just express myself – even when it doesn’t have anything to do with the food that I’m sharing.
Now that we’ve chatted about last weekend, let’s step on over to the kitchen and I’ll show you how to make a delicious, Asian Stir Fry bowl that even the non-Asian food lover in your house is going to drool over! The things you will need for these Asian Meatballs are Panda Express Beijing Sweet & Tangy Sauce, 20 ounces of Angus Beef Meatballs or turkey meatballs, (make sure the meatballs aren’t seasoned or stuffed with anything – you just want plain ole meatballs!), Stir Fry sauce, and Liquid Aminos. I get quite a few questions regarding Liquid Aminos so let me answer a few of those right here before moving on. Liquid Aminos are just a healthier substitute to soy sauce but they taste just like soy sauce. Coconut Aminos are also a great, healthier alternative to soy sauce as well.
Start out by pouring the entire bag of frozen meatballs into a 2 quart or larger slow cooker.
Once your meatballs are in the slow cooker, add in 5 ounces of Stir Fry Sauce.
Now that you have the meatballs and Stir Fry Sauce combined in your slow cooker, go ahead and add in 2 tablespoons of Liquid Aminos, Coconut Aminos, or Soy Sauce.
Grab that bottle of Panda Express Beijing Sweet & Tangy Sauce and measure out half of a cup. This Sweet & Tangy Sauce is on the spicy side but it really doesn’t make the meatballs too spicy in my opinion.
While you’re adding in all of the sauces, don’t forget to add in 2 tablespoons of Hoisin Sauce! This is an Asian type BBQ sauce that just gives these Slow Cooker Asian Meatballs a little extra umph! 🙂
You just added in several different types of sauces to your meatballs, so grab a spoon or spatula and stir all of that sauce in and get it mixed with the other sauces and with the meatballs in the slow cooker.
Place the lid on your slow cooker and cook on high 5 hours or low 7 hours.
Fast forward to 5 hours later. It’s late, you’re tired and dang hungry! Those meatballs are smelling scrumptious and you just want to throw them in a bowl and devour. Well, you’re almost ready – but go ahead and take the few extra minutes to cook your Stir Fry and make some rice. It will be worth it and I promise it really won’t take long at all! Start out by grabbing a large skillet and adding in about 1 tablespoon of Sesame Oil. I have found that Seasame Oil gives all Asian dishes such a wonderful flavor that I highly recommend it over any other oil you could use.
Once you’ve allowed the Seasame Oil to heat on medium high heat for about 3 minutes, add in your Stir Fry. You can use any type or kind of stir fry you like, you can can chop some fresh veggies and make your own. I used a 16 ounce bag of frozen, Broccoli Stir Fry and I just dumped the whole bag into that hot skillet still frozen.
Place a lid on your Stir Fry and continue cooking/steaming it on medium high heat until the veggies become tender. I didn’t time this part, I just followed the directions on the bag. I think it took me around 10 minutes to get our veggies the way we like them. Once the Stir Fry veggies are tender, sprinkle some ground ginger over the Stir Fry and add in about 2 tablespoons of Liquid Aminos or soy sauce to give them a good flavor.
While the veggies cook, get 2 cups of rice on to cook. I used long grain, white rice and put it in my Instant Pot but you can use any kind of rice you prefer, including brown rice or Minute Rice.
Just like that, dinner is ready to eat! Grab a bowl and add in some rice, Stir Fry vegetables, and Asian Meatballs along with some of the sauce with the meatballs. Mmmm! Good! Now aren’t you glad you took the time to get these Slow Cooker Asian Meatball Stir Fry Bowls cooking earlier today so that you could enjoy them for dinner tonight?
I hope you all have a wonderful evening, and thank you once again for taking the time out of your day to step into my kitchen, listen to me chatter about my life and my love for good, home cooked food. This little kitchen just wouldn’t be the same without ya here! I hope you’ll stop back by real soon and we can chat about our love for life and good food over a glass of ice cold sweet tea. Happy eating, friends!
Slow Cooker Asian Meatball Stir Fry Bowls
A delicious and simple Asian style Buddha bowl.
- 20 oz cooked, frozen, plain Angus Beef Meatballs turkey meatballs can also be used
- 5 oz Stir Fry Sauce
- 2 tbsp Liquid Aminos soy sauce or coconut aminos can also be used
- 2 tbsp Hoison Sauce
- 1/2 cup Panda Express Beijing Sweet & Tangy Sauce
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 cups long grain or Minute uncooked rice white or brown
- 16 oz frozen Stir Fry
- 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
- ground ginger to taste
Place the frozen meatballs into a 2 quart or larger slow cooker and add in the Stir Fry sauce, Hoison Sauce, liquid aminos, Panda Express sauce, and 1/4 cup water and stir.
Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high 4 hours or low 6 hours. Once cooked, remove the lid and stir well.
Cook the rice according to the package directions and set aside.
Place 1 tbsp Sesame Oil into a large skillet and heat on medium heat. Once heated, empty the bag of frozen stir fry into the skillet and stir into the oil.
Season the stir fry with liquid aminos and ground ginger and place the lid on the stir fry, allowing it to cook and thaw on medium heat.
Once the stir fry is cooked according to package directions, remove from the heat.
Place the rice, stir fry, and meatballs along with the sauce from the meatballs in a bowl and enjoy!
Liquid Aminos are a healthier substitute for soy sauce, however, soy sauce or coconut aminos can be used as well.
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