Sweet & Spicy Meatballs 

This tried and true appetizer classic adds a great protein component to any balanced meal. 

Makes 4-6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated 
  • 1/3 cup ketchup 
  • 1/4 cup honey 
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce 


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix the first nine ingredients together in a large bowl. Once evenly incorporated, shape into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 minutes.

For the sauce, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and stir for about 30 seconds. Stir in remaining ingredients and let simmer for 6-8 minutes or until thickened slightly. To serve, add the meatballs to the sauce, covering them completely. Pair with rice, vegetables, noodles or serve alone.