Flavorful. Amazing. Incredible. Whole30 Compliant! These are spicy, so this is your warning. There was no holding back, but the coconut curry sauce provides the perfect balance. Served with spiraled sweet potato noodles, and this is the perfect meal prep!
Ingredients for Meatballs
½ lb ground round (or ground beef)
4 cloves garlic, minced
¼ large yellow onion, minced
2 large tbsp cilantro, minced
Seasoning blend: 1 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp ground black pepper, 1 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp garam masala, ½ tsp fennel seeds, ½ tsp Indian red pepper, ½ tsp tandoori masala, ½ tsp cumin, and ½ tsp cinnamon.
Ingredients for Coconut Curry Sauce
¼ large red onion, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp tomato paste
1 tsp curry powder
7 oz tomato sauce
1 can (14 oz) full fat coconut milk
1 tbsp cilantro, minced
½ tbsp arrowroot starch/powder or tapioca powder
1 ½ tbsp date syrup (softened [pitted] dates pureed with water), more if necessary
Salt and pepper to taste
Parsley and cilantro for garnish
Sweet potato noodles
Directions for Meatballs
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spray with a small bit of nonstick spray.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Using a small ice cream scoop or a large tablespoon, form balls – this mixture should make 6-8 meatballs.
Once the meatballs have formed, place them into the oven and let them bake or 15-18 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
Directions for Sauce
In a large, deep pan or pot, heat a few tbsp of olive oil over medium heat.
Add in the onion and the garlic and cook until the onion becomes translucent.
Once the onion has cooked, add in the tomato sauce and the coconut milk. Stir to incorporate.
Bring the mixture to a simmer and add in the tomato paste and date syrup.
Toss in the cilantro.
Reduce the heat and let cook.
Stir and add in the arrowroot starch to thicken.
Once the meatballs are finished in the oven, place them into the sauce and allow to finish cooking for another 5-7 minutes.
Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings and sweetness accordingly.
Once the meatballs are fully cooked and the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, remove from the heat.
NOTE: sweet potato noodles are best when blanched. Do not eat them raw.
Request: Evan and reader meeting his mom. Like family dinner or something
A/N: lmao I hope this is good
Every once in awhile, Heidi would be able to take time off to spend with her son. She always looked forward to the moments she would get to spend with him. Over the past year, she had hardly seen him, she missed him so much. She thought it would be nice to surprise him with dinner on a random Friday night. She cooked his favorite meal and set the table all nice and neat. She was excited to get to see her little boy. She nearly squealed with happiness when the front door to their house opened.
“Evan, honey! I’ve got a surprise for you!”, she exclaimed as she walked to the door. It seemed like Evan had a surprise for her because he was with a girl that she didn’t recognize. “Oh, who is this?”, she politely asked then turned her attention to the girl in front of her, “Heidi Hansen, it’s lovely to meet you.”
“Mom”, Evan softly scolded. He was afraid his mom would say or do something that would ruin the relationship he had.
“What? I’m just saying hello to your lady friend.”, she smiled teasingly, then turned to the girl, “What’s your name?”
“I’m Y/N, it’s nice to meet you.”, the girl shyly smiled at her.
“Why don’t you join us for dinner? I was planning on it only being for Evan and me, but there’s more if you’d like some.”, Heidi offered.
“Oh, Ms. Hansen, that would be lovely, but I wouldn’t want to intrude on your family time.”
Heidi shook her head and led Y/N to the Hansen’s kitchen/dining room. Evan followed them with a sulky walk. He felt that tonight was going to be a disaster. He wasn’t prepared for his mom to be home. She never is! All he wanted was to play card games with Y/N and eat some Chinese takeout. He wasn’t able to prep Y/N to meet his mom, or prep himself for it either. But he couldn’t stop it, he had to let whatever was going to happen, happen.
Y/N was having a mix of emotions. She was nervous to meet Heidi, but she also was elated to meet her. She knew about Evan’s father leaving, so meeting the only parental figure in his life was a massive deal. But she could tell that Heidi was sweet and that the dinner would go by great. She hoped Evan would be able to understand that.
As Heidi set a plate for Y/N, Evan and Y/N quietly sat at the table. Neither person wanted to say anything, both didn’t know what to say. So they sat in silence waiting for Heidi.
“Y/N, would you like something to drink? Soda, iced tea, water?”, Heidi asked putting the plate of pizza casserole.
“Water is fine, thank you.”
Heidi nodded, “It’s no troubles at all. Evan, do you want a sprite?”
He nodded, continuing to stare at the plate of mock-Italian food in front of him. Heidi sighed and went to get him a sprite from the garage.
Y/N knew something was off with Evan and she also knew that this unexpected dinner was the root of the problem, “I can make an excuse to leave if you want.”
“No no no, it’s fine. I just wasn’t ready to do this tonight.” Evan said, grabbing Y/N’s hand and holding it softly. So far, this was some of the only physical contact Evan could initiate, but they had only been together for a few months.
She let a small smile form on her face, “Are you sure?”
He nodded again, looking up at her. She leaned over and gave his cheek a soft kiss, which Heidi ended up seeing, but didn’t mention. But that doesn’t mean she didn’t let her beaming smile take place. Her little Evan was in love, she thought she’d never see the day. She then made sure to bump into the wall or something to alert the two that she was about to enter the room.
“Whoops, clumsy old me. Here you go, Ev. And a nice cup of cold water for you Ms. Y/N”, she said giving the kids their respected drink, “Shall we eat now?”. She sat in her place across from the two and started at her meal. Y/N and Evan did the same, still holding hands under the table. After about a minute of silence, Heidi spoke up again, “So, Y/N, tell me a little about your family.”
Y/N took a sip of water and then spoke, “Well, I’ve got one sibling, but they’re older than me. They’re already in their last year of college. My mom is a teacher at the elementary school and my dad is a freelance graphic designer.”
“That’s not something you hear everyday, what exactly does he do?”
“The real question is, what doesn’t he do. He designs signs, billboards, murals, business cards, logos, you name it. Anything with art involved, he’s on it.”, Y/N joked.
Heidi laughed at what she said, “Did any of that artistic talent flow over to you or your sibling?”
“Not to me, but Xavier is incredible at art. He sells some prints on the side for extra money. I’m more like my mom, I love music.”
“Wow, I’d love to hear some sometime.”, Heidi suggested with an impressed look.
Y/N blushed, “I’d love to play some for you. Do you mind if I use the restroom?”
“Of course, do you know where it is?”
“Yes, ma’am.”, Y/N said with a salute as she stood up and left for the restroom.
Heidi turned to her son, “She’s very nice. She’s also very cute.” Evan shrugged while moving his food around on his plate. “I’m a little confused as to why you’ve never brought her around with me home on purpose. Or why you’ve never even mentioned her.”, Heidi observed, taking a sip of her wine.
“We didn’t feel like rushing into things.”, he mumbled. Heidi nodded but was still slightly irritated at her son. She knew that wasn’t the reason, but she wasn’t going to get the actual answer out of him without a ton of pestering that she didn’t have the patience for.
When Y/N entered the kitchen again, she could almost feel how thick the tension was. She decided not to think too hard about it. When she sat back down, she asked Heidi what this delicious meal actually was.
"Pizza casserole. It’s got meatballs, rigatoni, marinara sauce, and a whole lotta cheese. When Evan was younger and I started working more, I would make this on Sunday night. One pot of this would last us 3 or 4 days. I thought he would get sick of it, so I slapped the world pizza in front of it and he was sold.”, she explained with a reminiscent smile.
Then, Y/N’s ringtone blared out from her phone, startling all three people. “Oh, I’m sorry, it’s my mom. Do you mind if I take this?”, Y/N sheepishly asked.
“Oh, no. Go ahead, sweetie”
Y/N mouthed a thank you, before answering her phone, “Hi, Mom!… Yeah, I’m at Evan’s… What? He wasn’t supposed to get in until tomorrow!… Yeah, I can pick him up… No, it’s fine… Okay… I’ll call you when I get there.”, Y/N sighed before standing up, “I’m so sorry, but I have to pick up my brother from the airport. Apparently, he told us the wrong day he was going to get home, and he doesn’t have a ride to our house. So it’s up to me to go pick him up since my parents are on a date right now.”
“Oh, that’s fine!”, Heidi assured as she moved to the other side of the table to give Y/N a hug, “Make sure you drive safe! I’ll have to invite you over to have dinner again. Even though you were only here for a short time, you were a joy.”
“Thank you very much, Ms. Hansen. I enjoyed coming over here.”, she said reciprocating Heidi’s hug.
Once Heidi pulled away, she glanced at Evan, “I’ll give you two a moment alone.” She then left the kitchen and went to the living room.
Evan stood up and gave Y/N a softer hug, “I’ll see you later.”
Y/N gave him a quick peck on the lips, “Okay. I know this isn’t how you wanted to spend tonight, but at least nothing mortifying happened.”
Evan chuckled and nodded with a light blush, “Yeah.” The two pulled away and walked to the front door. Heidi was watching them from the den.
Y/N gave Evan another peck on the lips and opened the front door, “Text me tomorrow, okay?”
Evan nodded as she exited the home. When he closed the door, Heidi turned her head away quickly. He went and sat next to her on the couch. It was silent for a moment before Heidi spoke, “I still think you should have told me about her. Maybe we should set up a dinner with her family?”