Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Sesame Meatballs

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Sesame Meatballs | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I know I keep saying I’m going to post some healthy recipes to go along with my fun, active lifestyle/new awesome “job.”  I feel the need to put it in quotes because it totally doesn’t feel like a job for me.  It’s so much fun to plan workouts for these amazing mamas and watch them improve and enjoy themselves just like I do every day.  It’s such a huge compliment to hear that someone felt great after a workout or was sore {in a good way} or that they see their bodies changing and getting stronger as the weeks and months pass.  I just feel so lucky to have found such an amazing group!

Anyway, should I be eating healthy every day?  Obviously.  Do I usually?  Yes.  But do I sometimes just pull a bunch of things that look yummy off the wall at Trader Joe’s and throw them together into something that’s ridiculously easy and fantastically delicious?  Definitely.

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Sesame Meatballs | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

And can we talk for sec about my love affair with Trader Joe’s?  I’m seriously obsessed.  My mama talked me into driving an extra five minutes to go there instead of the Ralphs across the way a while ago and I haven’t looked back.  I don’t think a trip goes by without us finding something new, cheap and amazing that we have to have.  Trader Joe’s does not sponsor this blog…but TJ’s if you’re reading this and you want to, I’ll sell my soul for a can of dark chocolate sea salt brownies.  Or chocolate sea salt covered almonds.  Or just a bottle of $6 chardonnay.

Back to the recipe!  Focus!  I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that this one is healthy.  But boy is it easy and fabulously yummy.  You know I love me a good thr0w-it-in-the-pot-and-forget-it recipe.  It would make a major wow appetizer too…just skip the rice and stick them on toothpicks instead.  They meatballs end up being just the right amount of sticky sweet and the right amount of spicy kick to make it so you don’t want to stop eating.  And the veggies kind of dissolve in with the meatballs and the sauce so you {and your veggie hating husband} don’t even realize you’re eating them.  You could probably even add more if you need to hide them.  And then it’s healthy, right?  Well regardless, if not healthy, this one is just delish!

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Sesame Meatballs | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Sesame Meatballs
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 bags frozen precooked meatballs
  • 2 zucchini, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 bottle Trader Joe's sweet and spicy chili sauce
  • 1 cup General Tso's sauce
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 t lime juice
  • 1 T rice wine vinegar
  • 1-2 t sriracha, optional
  • 1 T sesame seeds, plus more to garnish
  • 4 cups cooked white rice
  1. Place all ingredients except sesame seeds and rice in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  3. Stir in sesame seeds.
  4. Place white rice in the bottom of a bowl and top with meatballs and desired amount of sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds and enjoy hot.


Quick & Easy DIY Crib Rail Covers

Oh heeeyyyy so I don’t have a recipe for you today.  Because I made versions of this and this and this and they were all amazing but I was too lazy to take pictures so I could blog them.  I know, I know, come on girl you’ve got to get it together.  But life and weddings and workouts and vacations and baby.  So sorry.

But then my sweet, darling little child decided to do this to her crib.

Quick & Easy Crib Rail Covers | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Yes, those are teethmarks.  Cute, right?  Because the crib looks so yummy.  And she’s getting all of her one year molars at the same time.  You can imagine how sweet and easy she is right now.  I mean she is, but she’s also in pain and snotty and drooly and gross and no one really tells you how annoying teething is, can I get an amen mamas?

So instead of going out and spending a ridiculous amount of money on crib rail covers, I ran over to Jo Ann, bought a yard of this darling pink chevron fleece that totally matches her nursery, and went to town.

Quick & Easy Crib Rail Covers | Little Kitchen, Big Bites


Here’s the oh so easy tutorial {sorry for the janky iPhone pictures to go with it…}:

1.  Drape the fabric over the crib rail and cut a piece that’s about 4-6 inches longer than the rail on both sides

2.  Cut slits in the fabric in between each piece of wood and tie it off with a double knot

3.  Tuck the fabric that’s left up and under the rest of the fabric (it leaves a little bump but she actually seems to like the texture to chew on)

4.  Continue to cut, tie and tuck until the fabric is fully secured

5.  If there’s too much fabric on the knots, trim it back to your desired length




That’s it.  I literally did the whole thing from start to finish in about an hour.  She started chewing the crib during nap time and I hit Jo Ann and had it done by bed time.  Because I didn’t love the idea of my kid eating more paint or ruining her pretty little crib.

More recipes to come soon!

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