Honey-Chipotle Meatballs & Cilantro-Lime Rice

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Spice is a relatively new thing to my taste buds.

Not that I’ve never tried anything spicy, it’s just that for most of my life my taste buds would cry and call me a meany-face when I tried something a little too fiery. (They’re sissy little things.)

Thankfully, they’ve changed and we’ve come to a mutually agreeable comfort-level with spice.

However, you won’t find me at one of those crazy hot wings challenges…. I can tolerate an appropriate amount of spice, not the heat of the sun.

And these honey-chipotle meatballs are definitely in my comfort level of spice! Just enough zing to make ’em taste great without overpowering the other flavors.

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The fresh lime & cilantro help counterbalance the spice with this filling combo of turkey & rice. We drizzled the honey-chipotle sauce on the rice – highly recommend!

Honey-Chipotle Meatballs & Cilantro-Lime Rice; adapted from Martha Stewart

serves 2

Honey-Chipotle Meatballs

1 lb ground turkey or beef

1/2 yellow onion, finely diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

pinch of salt & pepper

1/4 c. honey

1/4 c. chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce

4 t. cider vinegar

1 T. olive oil

The Prep: Preheat oven to 375°. In a bowl, combine the ground turkey or beef, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix until combined, form into 10-12 meatballs. In a separate bowl, combine the honey, chipotle chiles, and cider vinegar. Heat the olive oil in an oven-proof skillet at med-high heat. Add meatballs and cook until they have browned on all sides, 12-15 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven and pour the sauce over the meatballs, stir them around until they are coated, then put the skillet in the oven and bake for 5 more minutes. Serve on cilantro-lime rice.

Cilantro-Lime Rice

1 c. brown long-grain rice (can use white long-grain rice)

2 T. fresh lime juice

1 garlic clove or 1/4 t. garlic powder

pinch of salt

The Prep: In medium saucepan, bring 2 cups water to boil. Add rice, garlic, and salt; cover and let simmer for 18-20 minutes. Once the rice is fully cooked, stir in the lime juice and cilantro and fluff with a fork.

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