Asian Meatball Lettuce Wraps

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    Asian Meatball Lettuce Wraps

    Makes 4 Servings

    $2.38 per serving (As of December 2012*)

    Tired of meatballs and spaghetti? Give the go-to meatball recipe a fresh look and taste with an Asian twist that the whole family will enjoy. Because the meatballs are baked, made with lean ground turkey and served with brown rice, they offer a nutritious weeknight meal option with the added benefit of easy clean-up!

    ½ cup Panko bread crumbs

    ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro plus extra cilantro leaves for garnish

    2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot

    ½ teaspoon ground ginger

    ½ teaspoon kosher salt

    1 pound lean ground turkey

    8 Bibb or iceberg lettuce leaves, rinsed and drained

    1 small red bell pepper cut into 1-inch- long thin strips

    2 cups cooked brown rice

    8 teaspoons reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce

    1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly oil or coat a large rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
    2. Place the bread crumbs, ¼ cup of the cilantro, shallot, ginger, and salt in a large bowl and mix until well combined. Using your hands, mix the ground turkey into the bread crumb mixture until just combined. Shape the meat mixture into twenty-four turkey meat balls. Place on the prepared baking sheet and cook until no longer pink inside, about 15 minutes.
    3. Arrange the meatballs, lettuce leaves, bell pepper strips, and the extra cilantro on a large platter, and place the cooked rice and teriyaki sauce in separate bowls. Build the wraps by spreading ¼ cup rice and 3 meatballs inside and down the center of each leaf. Garnish with bell pepper strips and cilantro leaves, and drizzle with 1 teaspoon teriyaki sauce. Eat the wraps like a taco.

    Nutrition Information per Serving (2 lettuce wraps): 320 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated), 510mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 15% vitamin A, 40% vitamin C, 15% iron

    Asian Meatball Lettuce Wraps

    Grocery List

    Be sure to check your pantry before heading to the store!

    ½ cup Panko bread crumbs

    1 bunch fresh cilantro

    1 small shallot

    1 pound lean ground turkey

    1 head Bibb or iceberg lettuce

    1 small red bell pepper

    1 cup brown rice

    Ground ginger

    Kosher salt

    Reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce


    Recipe courtesy of Meal Makeover Moms.

    *Price per serving was updated in December 2012 to reflect cost estimates based on ingredient measurements in this recipe.