In addition to enjoying hand-delivered Chipotle, Ben and I have started watching America’s Next Great Restaurant on NBC every Sunday night.

The show’s judges, including Bobby Flay (love!) and Chipotle founder Steve Ells (cuckoo!) are on a quest to find and invest in the next big casual-dining concept. Contestants of the show pitch their restaurant idea, compete in a series of challenges and, in the end, one person is picked to have their concept turn into an actual restaurant with three locations across the country.

One contestant really cracks Ben and me up. He is THIS EXCITED about his concept and is just the sweetest guy ever. Joey Galuzzi.

Joey’s restaurant concept is to serve his Grandmother’s Italian meatballs smothered in homemade sauce, and call the place – wait for it – Saucy Balls. Bahaha – can you even imagine?!

“Hi Mom, I’m running late. Can I just meet you and Dad at Saucy Balls??”

Omg, no! I mean I really hope he wins, because he has a heart of gold, but something tells me the name of his restaurant is going to have to change if he does. Which is a shame, really, because hearing Bobby Flay say saucy balls over and over is definitely the highlight of my weekend…

Why am I telling you this? Because I decided to make my own saucy balls tonight – Asian Turkey Meatballs with Lime Sesame Dipping Sauce! :D

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Best meal I’ve had in ages!!!

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I heart meatballs, but rarely – actually, have I ever? – make them myself. Until I stumbled on this recipe and knew I’d absolutely love it.

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My favorite Asian flavors including soy sauce, sesame oil and scallions combine with ground turkey meat, and are rolled into yummy balls.

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A quick bake and flip in a super hot oven renders THESE!

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Now hang on – that’s just the ball portion of the show. In order to call them saucy balls, you’ve got to have sauce!

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This 2-minute sauce is a little sour, a little salty, and a lot awesome. Oh, and really easy. Just lime juice, soy sauce, scallions, water and sesame oil.

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Drizzle a spoonful of the sauce over the meatballs and it is a serious flavor explosion!

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Since the meatballs are cooked quick and hot, they’re crispy and crunchy on the outside, but really tender and creamy on the inside. Perfection!

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I served my meatballs on a bed of fried brown rice. I simply sautéed frozen edamame in peanut oil before adding cooked brown rice then flavoring the whole thing with sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger powder and garlic powder. An egg whisked with a couple drops of sesame oil was cooked in right at the end.

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Yum, yum, yum. I would never put meatballs and fried rice together in a million years, but the flavor combo is just out of this world. Make these saucy balls, k? :D

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In other news, it was a gorgeous spring day today and I cooked with my kitchen door wide open to let the cool breeze in.

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I think we’re (knocks furiously on wood) going to be out from behind the bars of winter weather jail here pretty soon. Supposed to be in the mid-60s later this week!

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I’m going to nab Ben and take a quick spin around the block (just wrote blog) before…duh-duh-duhhhhhh…

The Bachelor finale!!!!!

I cheated and peeked at who the winner is on RealitySteve.com, and all I’ll say is, yay. YAAAAAAY! :D I really hope this lasts (if Brad wants to show his face in public ever again, I bet he’ll make sure it does!) Team Chantal or team Emily?

Have a great night!

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What’s your favorite foodie reality show?

a. Chopped

b. Top Chef

c. Next Food Network

d. Man vs Food

e. other, I’ll tell you below!

Although it gives me serious anxiety, and the judges are just awful, my favorite is Chopped on the Food Network. I get so nervous when that clock starts ticking down and the contestant hasn’t figured out how to incorporate the fruit loops in with their lamb chops!!! AHH!