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Vegetarian "Meatball" Lettuce Cups with Honey Adobo Sauce
with pear and celery slaw

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Lettuce cups are a Cook Smarts classic, and we've filled these with warm, vegetarian "meatballs" and creamy adobo sauce. Serve them with a naturally sweet slaw for a refreshing meal.
Smarts: This is a great meal to prep ahead so that all of the components are ready to serve whenever you are.



Pear and Celery Slaw:
  • Celery - 3 ribs , julienned
  • Pears, Asian - 1 , julienned
  • Lemon juice - 2 Tbsp
  • Maple syrup - 2 tsp
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
Vegetarian "Meatball" Lettuce Cups:
  • Green onions - 2 stalks , chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Lettuce, romaine - 12 leaves
  • Vegetarian "Meatballs" (ingredients listed separately) - ~18
Vegetarian "Meatballs":
  • Rolled oats - 3/4 cup + 3/4 cup
  • Beans, kidney (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can , drained and rinsed
  • Eggs - 1
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 1/3 cup
  • Garlic powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp


  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 vegetarian "meatballs" - Place first portion of oats in a food processor. Pulse until the oats are finely ground and resemble flour. Drain and rinse beans. Add beans to ground oats and pulse a few times just to break beans into small pieces. Transfer ground oats and beans to a mixing bowl. Add second portion of oats, eggs, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Gently mix together with a spoon or with your hands. If the mixture is too wet to roll into balls, stir in more panko 1 Tbsp / 15 mL at a time. Form into 1” / 2.5 cm balls. (Can be done up to 3 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.

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  1. Heat a Dutch oven or large saute pan over medium heat. Add oil and then vegetarian meatballs to heated oil. Cook meatballs on all sides until light golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes.

  2. Set out lettuce leaves, vegetarian 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!



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