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Can't decide what to cook for dinner? Try this simple recipe. Kids and adults will definitely like it.

For Meat Balls:
1 lb. ground pork or chicken
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced fine
1 small onion, minced fine
2 pieces egg
salt and ground pepper to taste
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup cooking oil

For Sweet and Sour Sauce:
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, cubed
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
1 small red bell pepper, julienne
1 small carrot, slice thin
1/3 cup tomato ketchup
2 cups pineapple juice
1 small can pineapple chunks (optional)
1 teaspoon sugar
salt and ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoon cooking oil
1 tablespoon corn starch diluted in 1/3 cup water

6-8 pieces hard boiled egg, peeled

For Meat Balls:
Mix all above meat balls ingredients and roll a tablespoon into a ball.
Brown meatballs in cooking oil till fully cooked. Remove from heat and place in paper towel to remove excess oil.

Cooking Direction:
Using a sauce pan sauté ginger, garlic and onion till caramelized.
Add carrots, bell peppers, pineapple juice, ketchup, sugar, salt and ground pepper to taste.
Bring to a quick boil then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 5 minutes.
Add cornstarch diluted in water, mix well and simmer for a minute.
Add meatballs, hard boiled eggs, pineapple chunks, stir  and simmer for 3 minutes.
Remove pot from heat, transfer in a serving dish and serve hot.

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