Not Yo Grandma’s Meatballs

These Vietnamese meatballs are a favorite in our house.  I always make a double batch because I crave more the next day!

Vietnamese Meatballs

Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 4-6

Ideal Protein:  Phases 1, 2, 3, and 4  (Optional Phase 4 variations listed at the end of the recipe.)

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce*
  • 2 tablespoons Tapatio hot sauce**
  • 1/2 tablespoon Stevia
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2  7-oz bags of Miracle Noodle Fettuccine
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Gently mix all ingredients in large bowl. Using moistened hands, roll meat mixture into 1-inch meatballs. Arrange on baking sheet.  Bake for 20 minutes.
Serve with steamed snow peas, bok choy, broccoli, or the vegetables of your choice along with 3 oz of Miracle Noodles.  These meatballs are packed with flavor on their own.  Add soy sauce, hot sauce, or hot mustard to noodles and veggies if desired.

*Be careful with fish sauce because some brands have added sugar.  If you are going to use fish sauce in Phases 1-3 only use fish sauce with 0 g of sugar and carbs.  If you can’t find it at your store, substitute 4 teaspoons of soy sauce and 2 teaspoons of lime juice for the 2 tablespoons of fish sauce.  Any fish sauce is okay in Phase 4.

** In Phase 4, it’s okay to use Sriracha sauce instead of Tapatio.  I’ve made these meatballs with both variations, and the results are similar.
Adapted from this recipe.
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6 comments on “Not Yo Grandma’s Meatballs

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  2. […] alright, I know.  Another Vietnamese recipe.  I can’t help it.  The ingredients in these recipes create some wonderful flavors.  This […]

  3. You seem to use the Miracle Rice and Noodles a lot in your recipes but I ordered the noodles a few years ago and they smelled so bad, like dirty feet, that I threw them away. Do they still have that bad smell? They are expensive so I would hate to buy them again unless they have found a way to remove the bad smell.

    • They still smell when you first open the package. I don’t like the smell either, but once you rinse them off really well in a colander, I find that the smell goes away. If you don’t think you can get past that, I’d just make the meatballs without the noodles.

      • Thanks for your answer, I’ll give it another try. Would you mind telling me how much you lost on the Ideal program and how long it took you?

    • BTW, you might be able to find them now in the grocery store, so you can only buy 1 to try it. I don’t know where you live, but I’d look on their website to see where to find them.

      To answer your question, I am a coach and do the program every year. I lose about 5-7 pounds each year, depending on what I want to do. The idea is that if I gain 5 pounds each year, I lose it before the years go by and 5 pounds turns to 10 to 15 to 20. If I do it for 1-2 weeks a year, it resets my body, and it’s easier to maintain the weight each year.

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