Recipe For Pak Choi And Carrot Meatballs

This month, I have been assigned Lick The Spoon for The Secret Recipe Club challenge. The name of the blog conjures up images of cake baking and offering the spoon to Dave – something he loves to do. It also reminds me of my niece Sasha, who licks away at her fingers the whole time during the baking process. Louise is an experimental Australian cook who is also a mum and a housewife and she shares with us that she bakes when she has time! I considered trying a baking recipe, but we are still on diet! I spent quite a long time browsing and trying to decide what to make. Not an easy thing to do before breakfast, when you are hungry and all the dishes look good! I finally decided I would make the Spinach and Carrot Meatballs as we are eating a lot more vegetables now that we are on a low carbohydrate diet. I had just purchased a packet of pak choi (bok choy) which is a Chinese cabbage. It has a soft green leaf, similar to that of spinach, and I thought it would make a great substitute. I included the entire stem and this may have resulted in my balls not forming without the aid of an egg yolk. The meal was delicious (thanks Louise) and we had enough meatballs for a generous portion for supper, as well as lunch for me the following day.

Pak Choi And Carrot Meatballs
Pak Choi And Carrot Meatballs

and if you are wondering what all the marks are on the plate, it is flaked oryx salt I used as a finishing salt.

Pak Choi And Carrot Meatballs
 
Ingredients
  • 20mls olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • A clove garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground paprika
  • 250g ground beef
  • 125g pak choi, finely sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • A very generous amount of salt to season
  • 1 egg yolk
Method
  1. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a pan
  2. Sauté the onion and the garlic until soft
  3. Add the spices and cook until you can smell the spices
  4. Set aside to cool
  5. When cool add to the ground beef
  6. Add the pak choi and the carrot
  7. Season well
  8. Add the egg yolk and mix together
  9. Form into just bigger than bite size balls
  10. Place into the fridge for 30 minutes to allow them to firm up
  11. Heat the balance of the oil in the pan and cook the meatballs for about 3 minutes per side
  12. Make sure they are cooked through before serving

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46 thoughts on “Recipe For Pak Choi And Carrot Meatballs

  1. Ooooh I love the look of these and will definitely try to make them. Yum, Tandy! Thank you.

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    1. my pleasure, and thank you Tammy 🙂

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  2. Hey, Tandy! Finally making it over to your SRC post. I planted some Pac Choi in the garden last weekend. I love to eat it raw in salads, but I can’t wait to try this recipe when they are ready to harvest. Glad to have been assigned your blog this month!

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    1. I hope your pac choi grow amazingly well! Thanks for the visit 🙂

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  3. FInishing salt? Fantastic!

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    1. I was trying to be all cheffy 🙂

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  4. great post tandy, I’m so glad you enjoyed them. the substitute of bok choi sounds fab, I must try it:)

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    1. Hi Louise. The recipe was so good that I am sure any veggie substitutions will work! Have a super day, and thanks for the visit 🙂

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  5. This looks amazing Tandy: it’s quite adventurous for me, but what a combination of ingredients. Lovely.

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    1. and a great way to get the kids to eat veggies 🙂

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  6. I’m trying to figure out why I never incorporated spinch inside my meatballs. I simply love that idea. These look amazing Tandy

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    1. thanks Kay 🙂

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  7. I think we all agree here that adding the veggies was a big bonus! Looks so good!

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    1. thanks Jen 🙂

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  8. I like the addition of vegetables-to add flavour and goodness to already delicious meatballs! 😀

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    1. something I will do again 🙂

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  9. I think the idea of adding vegetables to the meatballs is excellent. Adds crunch and flavor.

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    1. I will do this again, as it is also a good way to clear my fridge 🙂

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  10. I like the idea of adding greens and carrots to meatballs. I don’t eat meatballs often, doing it this way seems much more appealing!

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    1. I can imagine this being really great with some capsicums as well 🙂

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  11. Those meatballs look great!

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    1. thanks so much 🙂

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  12. Love the idea of using bok choi in the meatballs 🙂

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    1. thanks you! and lovely to meet you 🙂

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  13. I would have never thought about adding bok choi to a meatball 🙂 Love this!

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    1. 🙂

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  14. What a great recipe, Tandy! I’m picking up Bok Choy for a different recipe and hadn’t heard of this type of “choy” before. I’m also getting braver about chucking green stuff into recipes.. it makes them so much healther, I love the addition in this dish!

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    1. thanks Smidge xox

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  15. Tandy, it looks delicious and very healthy! We tried growing bok choy, but the snails loved it so much that we never got any! 🙂

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    1. I also have snails in my garden – I know that growing celery next to lettuce dissuades them so I wonder if the same would hold for bok choy?

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  16. Great idea of adding bok choy in the meatballs…not only looks pretty (green) adds vegetables to the meatballs. I will definitely add bok choy next time making meatballs.
    Thanks for the recipe and have a great week Tandy 🙂

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    1. Hope you have a fantastic week as well Juliana 🙂

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  17. I may not eat meat, but the idea of carrot + greens balls sounds amazing. Bet I could use some mashed beans instead of the beef and these would be delish.

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    1. that sounds like it would work so well – do share the recipe if it does 🙂

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  18. These look too nice! I love the idea of carrot in meatballs 😀
    Almost like Asian meatballs 🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. you could add ginger and really make them Asian 🙂

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  19. These look great, Tandy. Very economical too. 😉

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    1. thanks AD 🙂

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  20. Love the idea of adding the bok choy.
    🙂 Mandy

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    1. Thanks Mandy 🙂

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  21. Now they sound very good indeed. We can sometimes get pak choi here (surprising!) so could tackle these!

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    1. I am sure any good green veg will work 🙂

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  22. Nice idea to add veg, makes the mince go further.

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    1. for sure Sue 🙂

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  23. Interesting, Tandy!

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    1. thanks Pink 🙂

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