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  • Writer's pictureALEXANDRA


I'm really obsessed with meal kit boxes as you guys know! I tend to switch between my two favorites - Sun Basket and Hello Fresh! Since I knew this week was going to be hectic with traveling from New York > Home > Los Angeles in a matter of a few days I decided to order a Hello Fresh box and you guys they really never disappoint! If you follow the @TourWifeTourLife Instagram you probably saw this recipe in my stories last night. It was absolutely DELICIOUS and is definitely the perfect meal for a chilly winter day. Plus, I am sure I will be making it again when Ryan is home because it was SO EASY . If you want to try it feel free to use THIS LINK for $40 off of your first box!



2 Servings, 780 Calories/Serving 25 – 40 Minutes This recipe is here to blow up everything you think you know about meatballs. All dramatics aside, these meatballs are truly game-changing thanks to a certain onomatopoeic sauce. What exactly is “firecracker,” you ask? Well, mystery asker, it’s a creamy, spicy, sweet, and savory (yes, all those things!) sauce so good, it’ll make your taste buds explode! Once the meatballs are baked, they’re tossed in the magical condiment, then plated atop sesame-seed-flecked rice along with crispy roasted green beans (AKA more things to dip in sauce). Don’t be surprised when you find yourself swiping up every last drop.


2 unit Scallions

2 tablespoon Mayonnaise

2 teaspoon Honey

1 teaspoon Sriracha

1/2 cup Jasmine Rice

1/4 cup Panko Breadcrumbs

1 teaspoon Korean Chili Flakes

1 thumb Ginger

2 tablespoon Sour Cream

2 tablespoon Soy Sauce

1 tablespoon Sesame Seeds

10 ounce Ground Beef

6 ounce Green Beans

1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil




Instructions 2-serving instructions (4-serving modifications in parenthesis) Wash produce before use


Prep the produce

Adjust rack to top position (top and middle positions for 4 servings) and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and dry all produce. Trim and thinly slice scallions, separating whites from greens; mince whites. Peel and mince ginger.


Make the firecracker sauce

In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, honey, 2 tsp soy sauce (4 tsp for 4 servings; you’ll use the rest later), and sriracha to taste. Set aside.

3 Make the sesame rice

Heat a drizzle of oil in a small pot over medium-high heat. Add half the sesame seeds (you’ll use the rest later); cook, stirring, until golden brown, 1-2 minutes. Add rice, ¾ cup water (1½ cups for 4 servings), and a big pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a low simmer. Cook until rice is tender, 15-18 minutes. Keep covered off heat until ready to serve.


Make the meatballs

Meanwhile, in a second large bowl, combine beef, panko, ginger, scallion whites, remaining soy sauce, salt (we used ½ tsp; 1 tsp for 4 servings), and pepper. Form into 10-12 (20-24 for 4) 1½-inch meatballs.


Roast the meatballs and green beans

Place meatballs on one side of a lightly oiled baking sheet. On empty side of same sheet, toss green beans with a drizzle of oil, salt, and pepper. Roast on top rack until meatballs are cooked through and green beans are browned and tender, 14-16 minutes. (For 4 servings, divide between 2 baking sheets; roast meatballs on middle rack and green beans on top rack.)

6 Serve

Fluff rice with a fork; season with salt and pepper. Divide between bowls or plates. Carefully add meatballs to bowl with sauce; toss to coat. Top rice with meatballs. Drizzle with any remaining sauce. Serve green beans to the side. Garnish with scallion greens, remaining sesame seeds, and chili flakes to taste.

Do you guys have any meal kits that you use and would like to recommend? I'd love to hear from you!

xoxo. Alexandra

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Hey guys! My name is

Alexandra Dempsey, I am 31 years old and live in Stowe, Vermont.

I recently decided to start this blog to give you all a look into the life of a tour wife - the highs, the lows, and EVERYTHING in between!

My rock star husband, Ryan Dempsey

of Twiddle, stands by me every step

of the way as we journey on this whirlwind we like to call the "tour life."

Follow along on my travels, hear

stories from fellow tour wives, and

earn about some of my favorite things. Hope you enjoy and

thanks so much for reading!!

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