OMG, It’s Monday! Prayer: Little Things Count, Especially If They’re Cheap and Yummy

O Lord, You know that when our daughters married I tucked my sweet-and-sour recipe into their new recipe boxes. Recently, a mom on Facebook recognized I’d given it to her as a bride, too, and her kids love it. OMG, I’m learning: meatballs aren’t a profound theological contribution to others’ lives, but little goodnesses can make a difference.

*Sweet-and-Sour Sauce for Chicken, Pork, or Meatballs

When using 1½ lbs. chicken or pork, I cook the chopped meat with one sliced onion in oil. Set aside.

When using meatballs, mix:

  • 1 ½ lb. ground beef
  • 2/3 c. cracker crumbs
  • 1/3 c. chopped onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ t. salt
  • 1 ½ t. garlic powder
  • ¼ t. ginger
  • ¼ c. milk 

Form meatballs and cook in oil in skillet. Set aside.

Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  • 2 T. cornstarch
  • ½ c. brown sugar
  • 1 can (13½ oz.) pineapple tidbits, drained (reserve juice)
  • 1/3 c. vinegar
  • 1 T. soy sauce

Mix dry ingredients, then add reserved juice, vinegar, and soy sauce. Cook in skillet over medium heat, stirring until mixture thickens. Add pineapple.

To sweet-and-sour chicken or pork, I add 1 tart apple, sliced, and stir until crisp-tender. 1/3 c. bell pepper (green, red, etc.), chopped, can also be added to any of the recipes. 

Add meat and stir until heated through. Serve over rice. Serves 4-6, depending on whether your household includes big eaters. Enjoy!

*Based on Waikiki Meatballs Recipe, Betty Crocker’s Cookbook, 1975

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