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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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Serves 4 | Prep Time 20 minutes | Cook Time 30 minutes


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 large carrots, chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
Frozen pre-cooked meatballs, enough to cover the bottom of large skillet.

Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion, green pepper, and carrot. Cook for 5 minutes, until onion is softened. Stir in broth, tomato sauce, brown sugar, white vinegar, applesauce, and ketchup. Simmer for 10 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Drop meatballs into sauce and simmer for another 30 minutes to let the meatballs soak in the flavors.

Remove skillet from heat. Cover, and let stand 5 minutes. Serve over rice or noodles.

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My daughter and I were trying to find something to do with our store-bought frozen meatballs tonight. We found this recipe at, but altered it a bit. The original recipe called for a can of crushed pineapple (juice and all), but I used applesauce instead. It also had ingredients for making the meatballs from scratch, which I will eventually try when I have more time. Never-the-less, even with these changes, the meal was absolutely delicious, and we'll be making it again!

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