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Low-Carb Vietnamese Turkey Meatball Bowls

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This Vietnamese Turkey Meatball Bowl is one of my favorite lunches! It keeps well once it’s prepared so it’s great as a packable lunch. This recipe is super low carb but totally indulgent with the miracle (shirataki) noodles. They are a favorite in my house! If you’ve never prepared Miracle Noodles check out this post. There’s a few tricks you need to know in order to make them taste like real noodles.

There’s so much flavor in this meal from aromatics like ginger and garlic to fresh herbs like Thai basil, cilantro, and mint. Don’t skip the quick pickles either, they add a stellar touch of tang!

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Nutritional values (per serving)

Net carbs7.5 grams
Protein39.4 grams
Fat55.6 grams
Calories692 kcal

Calories from carbs 4%, protein 23%, fat 73%

Total carbs10.3 gramsFiber2.8 gramsSugars4 gramsSaturated fat30.2 gramsSodium698 mg(30% RDA)Magnesium68 mg(17% RDA)Potassium781 mg(39% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 2 servings)

Meatball Ingredients:
  • 1 lb ground turkey (450 g)
  • 1-inch (2 1/2 cm) piece fresh ginger, minced (10 g/ 0.4 oz)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp coconut aminos or tamari
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 cup oil such as coconut, avocado or lard for frying (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
Quick Pickles:
  • 4 radishes, thinly sliced (85 g/ 3 oz)
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots (50 g/ 1.8 oz)
  • 1 cup cucumber slices (100 g/ 3.5 oz)
  • 2 tbsp water (30 ml)
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar (30 ml)
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
Toppings:
  • 1 bag shirataki noodles (100 g/ 3.5 oz)
  • mixed herbs of choice (thai basil, mint, cilantro)
  • lime wedges for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl mix together the ingredients for the meatballs.
    Low-Carb Vietnamese Turkey Meatball Bowls
  2. Form into 2-inch (5 cm) meatballs. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat with the oil. Sear meatballs 3-4 minutes per side until crisp and cooked through. Low-Carb Vietnamese Turkey Meatball Bowls
  3. Place the pickle ingredients in a small bowl and toss to combine.
  4. Prepare the shirataki noodles according to these directions. Low-Carb Vietnamese Turkey Meatball Bowls
  5. To serve divide the meatballs, pickles, and noodles between two bowls. Top with herbs and a lime wedge. Low-Carb Vietnamese Turkey Meatball Bowls

Allergy information for Low-Carb Vietnamese Turkey Meatball Bowls

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Shellfish free

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Turkey (ground, raw)
0 g38 g28.2 g405 kcal
Ginger root, fresh
0.8 g0.1 g0 g4 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.9 g0.2 g0 g4 kcal
Coconut aminos (substitute to soy sauce)
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Fish sauce
0.1 g0.2 g0 g1 kcal
Salt, pink Himalayan rock salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Spices, pepper, white
0.1 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Coconut oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g27 g243 kcal
Radishes, raw
0.8 g0.3 g0 g7 kcal
Carrot, fresh
1.7 g0.2 g0.1 g10 kcal
Cucumber, fresh
0.7 g0.3 g0.1 g6 kcal
Water, still
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Rice vinegar
1 g0 g0 g5 kcal
Peppers, chile (chili), flaked and dried, spices
0.1 g0 g0.1 g1 kcal
Shirataki noodles
0.8 g0 g0.1 g2 kcal
Basil, fresh
0 g0.1 g0 g1 kcal
Lime juice, fresh
0.3 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Total per serving
7.5 g39.4 g55.6 g692 kcal
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Comments (6)

Hi Martina, these meatballs were so flavourful!
Thanks for posting.
Just one suggestion; I believe the 1/4 cup of oil is for frying the meat and not for adding directly to the meatball mixture. If this is the case, you might want to state that in the ingredients. I added all the oil to the meat mixture and they were more oily and crumbly than I would have liked. Still yummy though 😊

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I'm glad you liked them, thank you for spotting this Dora! 😊

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“There’s a few tricks you need to know in order to make them taste like real noodles.”
What an obnoxious sentence. As the article you link to makes perfectly clear, these are “real” noodles, ie, a traditional Asian noodle. There are no tricks, you just need to learn how to prepare them in the traditional way.

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What is meant by "real noodles" actually refers to starchy noodles that are high in carbs. That is how most people perceive noodles so it is important to differentiate between shirataki noodles and "regular" rice or other high-carb noodles so that they avoid making mistakes. Shirataki noodles are still not that common outside Asia and do not taste the same as high-carb noodles.

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I was wondering why the carb count is so high?  Could you enlighten me please. Thanks
Debbie

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Hi Debbie, I'm not sure why you think the carb count is too high? These are just carbs from the vegetables and spices/aromatics used in the meatballs - perfectly fine for a keto diet 😊

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