Tired of dinner decisions? Enjoy a 30 day trial to our meal plan service, voted #1 by Lifehacker, and reduce your mental load today.

Turkey Meatball Lettuce Cups with Honey Adobo Sauce
with pear and celery slaw

Active: 45 minTotal: 45 min

We're giving one of our favorite classic recipes a makeover! We took these refreshing lettuce cups and added a crunchy, naturally sweet slaw and an even creamier sauce. The original version of this meal can be found here.
Smarts: This is a great meal to prep ahead so that all of the components are ready to serve whenever you are.

Tags

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Pear and Celery Slaw:
  • Celery - 3 ribs, julienned
  • Pears, Asian - 1, julienned
  • Lemon juice - 2 Tbsp
  • Maple syrup - 2 tsp
Turkey Meatball Lettuce Cups:
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Lettuce, romaine - 12 leaves
  • Turkey meatballs (ingredients listed separately) - ~12, halved
Turkey Meatballs:
  • Turkey, ground - 1 lb (look for ground dark meat turkey if available)
  • Eggs - 1
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1/4 cup
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 1/4 cup
Honey Adobo Sauce:
  • Sour cream - 1/2 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
  • Vinegar, red wine - 4 tsp
  • Adobo sauce - 2 tsp (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo)
  • Honey - 2 tsp
  • Paprika, smoked - 1/2 tsp

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
Amount Per Serving
Just a moment...
% Daily Value
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...

Increase your nutrition smarts

Prep

  1. Make honey adobo sauce - Whisk together sour cream, vinegar, adobo sauce, honey, and paprika. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make meatballs - (If making Thursday’s meal, double the meatballs.) Mix ground turkey with eggs, panko, salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Form into 1.5" / 4 cm meatballs. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  3. Celery / Pears / Green onions / Lettuce leaves - Prep as directed.
  4. Make slaw - Combine celery, pears, lemon juice, maple syrup, and some salt.

Make

  1. Heat a large skillet with oil over medium heat. Add meatballs and sear until golden brown on a few sides, ~5 minutes. (Note: If making Thursday’s meal, cook those at the same time. If the pan is not big enough to cook all of the meatballs at once, do this in batches.)
  2. Pour stock into pan with meatballs. Lower heat to medium-low and cover with a lid. Cook, covered, for another 6 to 8 minutes until meatballs are cooked through (internal temperature should be 165F / 74C; or slice into one to be sure).
  3. Remove meatballs from pan and allow to cool slightly. Slice meatballs in half. (You can slice the meatballs for Thursday at the same time, remembering to reserve them for that meal.)
  4. Set out lettuce leaves, meatballs, sauce, green onions, and slaw. Fill lettuce wraps with meatballs, sauce, and green onions at the table. You can add some slaw to lettuce wraps or have it on the side. Enjoy!

Get access to all of our delicious recipes and time-saving meal plans!

Get 1 free month
Learn More

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
Amount Per Serving
Just a moment...
% Daily Value
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...
Just a moment...

Increase your nutrition smarts


Reviews

Ratings

Original (23)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (2)
Vegetarian (8)

18 reviews

The meatballs and sauce were great. I roasted some vegetables that needed to be used up instead of making the slaw, and based on the comments it sounds like this meal benefited from the more substantial side.

By: Melissa
Posted: Apr 29, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved this meal. The kids love using lettuce as a "taco".

By: Catherine
Posted: Apr 13, 2020
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Meatballs and sauce were awesome. Unfortunately the side wasn't filling enough so we ended up eating all of the meatballs so we won't be making the wedding soup.

By: Angela
Posted: Apr 02, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

A touch low cal so some in the house added toast. I would probably serve a side of rice next time.

By: Karen
Posted: Apr 02, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

So easy and delicious. lovely spring meal. and even if light still filling. loved Turkey meat balld. used almond flower because that's what i had at home.

By: Cecilia
Posted: Mar 29, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Really tasty!!!!! The meatballs were delicious and the sauce was out of this world!

By: Kate
Posted: Mar 27, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful