Blogger Food: Asian Meatballs and Avocado Sesame Salad

Joey "STRONG" for his first day of school

I got to thinking over the weekend as I cooked another amazing recipe that I got from one of my blogger friends that I need to be blogging about OTHER people’s recipes. Not to steal all the glory (I’m happy to give credit where credit is due) but because I want to introduce you to some of the best food bloggers on the interwebs. When I was working at Nickelodeon and doing their food newsletter, I met some amazing food bloggers. And in the years since, I’ve continued to follow foodies online. So, I’m starting a new series on my blog entitled “Blogger Food”. Every Monday– okay, most Mondays…. I can’t overpromise during writing crunch-time…I’m going to share one of my favorite recipes that I got from a food blogger with a link back to their amazing blog so you can check out what they have to offer.

Today’s recipes come from my friends Becky and Rachel at We Laugh, We Cry, We Cook. These are some of my newer food blogger friends– but they are some of my favorites.  I fell in love with their recipes when I tried Rachel’s Coconut & Chocolate Covered Cherries and about swooned.

Anyway, with school starting today, I asked Joey what he wanted for dinner and he said “meatballs”.  I remembered seeing Becky’s Asian Meatballs on Facebook so I decided to give them a try.  And oh my goodness… they were so yummy!  Moist and tender and flavorful.  We loved them!  My big first grader loved them.  (And, perhaps most important, Joey said they made him feel “superstrong and fast”… which in first-grade boy terms means they were a big winner.)

Get the recipe: Sweet & Savory Asian Meatballs
(Note:  I added sliced almonds on top instead of sesame seeds and added a bit of broccolini to the meatballs and sauce.)

When I went to get the meatballs recipe, I stumbled upon Rachel’s recipe for Avocado Cucumber Sesame Salad and thought that the two recipes would go well together.  And Joey loves cucumbers and avocado so it was perfect.  I did, however, have about a billion cherry tomatoes from the garden so I threw them in there.  I’m not sure if they really go, but the salad was really good.  I love the sesame oil… it added great flavor.

Get the recipe:  Avocado Cucumber Sesame Salad


  1. I made the avocado cucumber sesame salad. It’s delicious.

    Go easy on the sesame oil or it tastes too strong.

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