Meatballs with Garbanzo Beans and How to “Improve” a Store Bought Sauce

I created a new idea for meatballs today.  I was just thinking how could meatballs be made in a way they will not always taste the same.  I blended a can of Garbanzo beans, together with milk, bread and onions, adding it to the meatballs.

This is my “rough draft”:

All right, let’s translate that:

2 1/2 lb ground beef

1 can garbanzo beans

1/2 onion

2 stalks green onion

1 cup milk

2 bread loaf ends (yes, the ends no one like to eat, lol…)

2 to 3 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

2 eggs

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Canola oil for frying.


In a blender, mix milk, garbanzo beans, onion, green onion, and bread ends.  Add this mixture to the ground beef.  Add two eggs, salt, black pepper, and breadcrumbs.  Mix it up with your hands (yes, it’s messy!!). Mix well.  You know it’s well mixed when you make balls and it doesn’t fall apart. If it’s too mushy, add a little more breadcrumbs.  Heat the oil and deep fry.  Don’t overheat they oil though.  Otherwise, they will get done really fast on the outside and be raw in the inside.  As you fry, poke the meatballs with a fork. That helps to get them done on the inside.


We had Jasmine rice with Trader Joe’s Thai Red Curry sauce.

Now, this sauce is SPICY!!!  It’s gooood, but somewhat too strong for my kids.  I solve this problem by adding milk with cornstarch.  That takes away the edge of the spice and makes more sauce.

This is how I do it:


Take one cup of milk and put it inside a container that you will be able to close and shake.  Add 1 tbs cornstarch.  Close the lid and shake really well.

Pour the sauce into a pot.  Heat it up. Once it’s almost boiling, add the milk with cornstartch. Stirr until it boils.  Don’t stop stirring, otherwise, it will get clumpy.  Once it’s boiling, it gets thick and ready to serve.

And then we had some fun making a fancy plate.  I measured my rice.  I took a measuring cup, packed it really nice and place the content on my plate.  That’s Jasmine rice for you.  Nice and sticky!   Add the sauce, meatballs and carrots.  The kids kind thought it was fun to have the rice like that.