Healthy Meatballs Recipe With Ginseng

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Ginseng is one of those roots that have a lot of health benefits. That’s why more and more people are getting interested in giving this herb a try. Incorporate ginseng to anything and you’ll instantly feel energized and active all throughout the day– a lot of people even say that it’s even better than coffee. That’s why most herbal medicines being marketed today contain ginseng as one their main ingredients.

How It Was Discovered

5,000 years ago, ginseng was discovered in the mountains of Northern China. It was primarily used as food, but later on, they have discovered its medicinal uses. Since then, it has been one of the most highly respected herb by both Native American and Chinese herbalists.

How It’s Used in Cooking

Although a lot of people are quite familiar with ginseng tea, not all are aware that it can also be used in cooking. The most common way to incorporate ginseng into your meal is by slicing the root and putting it into soups. Aside from that, it can also be boiled, mashed, and added into stir fry dishes. It can also be mixed with rich by adding it to boiling water. It’s also really easy to get ahold of and you can purchase ginseng online easily.

That said, here’s one of the ginseng recipes that’s definitely worth trying:

Ginseng Meatballs

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Who doesn’t like meatballs, especially Korean meatballs? However, do you know the secret behind its chewy texture? It’s all about mincing and kneading the meat. However, if you really want to make it tastier, you should be adding ginseng to your meat mixture as this would blend well with the meat’s flavor, giving it a deeper taste.

Ingredients

– 250 grams rib beef
– A handful of fermented kimchi
– 5 fresh ginseng roots
– 3 jujubes
– Pumpkin seeds
– 2 tablespoons of glutinous rice flour
– 1/2 tablespoon chopped pine
– 1 tsp sesame oil
– 1 teaspoon chopped chives

Seasoning of the Beef

– 1 tbsp soy sauce
– Pear juice
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– 1/2 tbsp honey
– 1/2 tbsp garlic (chopped)
– 1/4 tbsp minced garlic
– Ground sesame
– Black pepper

Sauce

– 2 tbsp soy sauce
– 2 tbsp mulyeot (starchy syrup)
– 1 tbsp refined rice wine
– Sugar
– Maesil Cheong
– 1/2 cup water

Directions

1. Get rid of the beef’s blood by soaking it in water for a couple of minutes.
2. Mince and marinate the beef in the seasoning mixture and leave it for about 30 minutes.
3. Take away the fine roots of ginseng and cut it in half; then 5 cm in length.
4. Wash the kimchi and add sesame oil as well as chopped chives.
5. Remove the seeds of the jujube and spread it wide, then slice the rolled jujube.
6. Combine glutinous rice flour, chopped pine, and beef. Knead for a couple of minutes.
7. Divide the beef and roll them around the ginseng.
8. Combine the ingredients for the sauce and let it boil.
9. In another pan, bake the meatballs and once it’s cooked, top it with the prepared sauce.

Just like what has been mentioned earlier, ginseng is one of the most popular herbal medicines that is capable of replenishing the life energy. It improves brain function, digestion, and immune system. So, what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try and enjoy the wonderful benefits of ginseng.

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