February 8, 2019

Sweet n' Sour Meatballs

 This recipe may be similar to others but the spin-off is 100% of my own making

Let me start by saying that I have tried several Sweet n' Sour crock pot meals in my time. Some didn't have enough flavors while others were overpowering. After much trial and error, I have come up with the very best Sweet n' Sour Meatball recipe! This is fool-proof and is the perfect recipe for when you have energy mid-day but know you will be too tired come dinner time to whip anything together. This definitely is not an eight-hour recipe where you can let it sit pretty while you go run errands. Think of it more as a beautiful creation that requires a little bit of your attention - but not much of it. Are you still with me? Because your mouth is about to water!

1 32oz. bag of Original Meatballs

4 Bell Peppers (any combination)

1/2 Diced Yellow Onion

1 20oz. Can Pineapple Chunks

1 Cup Brown Sugar

2/3 Cup White Vinegar

3 1/2 Tbsp. Corn Starch 

3 Tbsp. Soy Sauce

Dice your bell peppers until you have about 4 cups. I sometimes will only do green and red but when the packaged bell peppers are on sale, I go for a colorful combo! You will want each dice to be about an inch to an inch and a half in diameter - that way they won't be under or overcooked. 

Dice onion into same size.

Place meatballs, diced bell pepper and onion into your crock pot. 

Drain pineapple juice into a small mixing bowl. You can either place the entire jar of chunks into your crock pot or do what I do: only use about half. 

Now, into your mixing bowl with the pineapple juice, add brown sugar, white vinegar, corn starch and soy sauce. Mix it all together until there are not more chunks.

Pour this mixture into crock pot and place the lid on top. Cook on low for two hours. Mix it to ensure everything is being cooked evenly. Change temperature to high for one more hour. This allows the mixture to thicken and create a sauce! 

Serve over rice or quinoa and enjoy! 

Preparation Time: 10-15 Minutes
Total Cooking Time: 3 Hours

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