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Meatball and Rice Noodle Lettuce Wraps

Course: Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatballs, asian flavoured meatballs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Laureen King
Meatball and Rice Noodle Lettuce Wraps are a healthy appetizer that is also perfect for lunch or dinner!
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  • Sauce
  • ¾ cup canned light coconut milk 185 ml
  • cup reduced-sodium beef or chicken broth 80 ml
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice 10 ml
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce 30 ml
  • 2 tsp packed brown sugar 10ml
  • 1 tsp cornstarch 5 ml
  • 1 tsp minced peeled fresh ginger 5 ml
  • 1 tsp minced garlic 5ml
  • 1 tsp Sriracha or your favourite hot sauce 5 ml
  • 1 lb extra lean ground beef 500g
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce 60 ml
  • ¼ cup finely diced green onion 60 ml
  • ¼ cup unseasoned dry breadcrumbs 60 ml
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro leaves 30 ml
  • 2 tsp minced garlic 10 ml
  • 1 ½ tsp minced peeled fresh ginger 7ml
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 oz dried thin rice noodles 60g
  • 10 Boston lettuce leaves
  • GARNISH optional
  • ¼ cup diced red bell pepper 60ml
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame seeds 10ml
  • 1 tbsp crushed peanuts 15 ml


  • Preheat oven to 425ºF (220ºC). Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with vegetable oil.
  • To make the sauce: In a bowl, combine the coconut milk, stock, lemon juice, hoisin, sugar, cornstarch, ginger, garlic and Sriracha and stir until the cornstarch is dissolved. Set aside.
  • To make the meatballs: In a bowl, combine the beef, egg, hoisin, onions, breadcrumbs, cilantro, garlic, ginger, and salt and pepper. Using your hands, form about thirty 1-inch (2.5 cm) meatballs. Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165º (74ºC) when tested with a cooking thermometer.
  • In a small skillet over medium heat, cook the prepared sauce until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan of boiling water, cook the noodles according to the package instructions. Drain well.
  • Top each lettuce leaf with an equal amount of the cooked noodles. Top noodles with 3 meatballs and drizzle with the sauce. Garnish with red pepper, sesame seeds or peanuts if you like.


Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 45mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 670IU | Vitamin C: 6.8mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1.7mg