500 Calorie Meal: Thai Noodles with Turkey Meatballs and Coconut Sauce

Chef Lo at your service on this beautiful Monday in New York City. As promised, we have another 500 Calorie Meal for you and this one is REALLY GOOD. Like, REALLY, REALLY GOOD. Super rich in flavor because of the coconut milk sauce, super filling and satisfying because of the vermicelli noodles, and also nutritionally balanced.

I made this recipe up off the cuff and I’m super thrilled with how it turned out. I often open up my cupboard and fridge and throw together whatever it is I have lying around the house. The only other ingredient I would have added to this dish would be pickled red onion – but alas, no red onions at Casa Lo today.

Let’s break down this recipe into 4 elements so you can prep efficiently: the turkey meatballs, the noodles, the coconut sauce, and the cucumber slices. The stars of this recipe are ground ginger and fish sauce – so make sure you have those on hand before you begin. The flavors of this really come together when pairing ingredients like coconut milk, ginger, coconut aminos (a soy sauce replacement) into something distinctly Thai in smell and flavor. It’s fresh and satisfying all at once. I enjoyed my bowl of noodles in my backyard in the sun (it’s finally spring in NYC).

This week I’m giving you the recipe and calories for 4 servings, and then will break down the 500 calorie meal into a single serving after that. Let’s get to it!

Thai Noodles with Turkey Meatballs and Coconut Sauce

  • Prep Time: 20m
  • Cook Time: 25m
  • Total Time: 45m


  • 1 pound ground turkey (600 calories, 150 calories per 4 ounce serving)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil (130 calories)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (10 calories)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground or fresh ginger (2 calories)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (8 calories)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder (10 calories)
  • 1 tablespoon whole greek yogurt (15 calories)
  • 1 raw egg (71 calories)
  • 1 teaspoon salt (0 calories)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper (6 calories)
  • 1 can organic coconut milk (600 calories)
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey (64 calories)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger (6 calories)
  • tablespoon fish sauce (20 calories)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut aminos (or soy sauce) (10 calories)
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced (5 calories)
  • 1 organic cucumber, sliced (14 calories)
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (6 calories)
  • 4 bunches vermicelli noodles (680 calories, 170 calories per bunch)

Total Calorie Count: 2,257 (1 SERVING = 494 CALORIES)


    1. 1. In a mixing bowl combine ground turkey with sesame oil, fish sauce, ginger, onion and garlic powder, yogurt, 1 egg, salt and pepper. Mix with hands to combine (it will be pretty sticky).
    2. 2. In a large pan melt 2 tablespoons ghee or coconut oil and cook meatballs until brown on all sides and white in the middle (because it's turkey you must cook them through completely).
    3. 3. In a separate bowl, combine sliced cucumbers (I like to use a mandolin for this) with rice wine vinegar and a pinch of salt.
    4. 4. In a sauce pan combine 1 can of coconut milk with honey, ginger, fish sauce, coconut aminos, the juice of half a lemon and stir with a whisk. Allow to boil for a minimum of 10 minutes to thicken a bit.
    5. 5. In a separate pan, boil water. Once boiled, add the vermicelli noodles and remove from heat. Once submerged for 2 minutes, transfer to a colander and run under cold water.
    6. 6. Time to put it all together! In a small bowl, add each serving of vermicelli noodles. Add many slices of cucumber, 4 to 5 meatballs, and a small ladle-full of coconut sauce (to keep the dish around 500 calories only use about this much coconut sauce - each dish doesn't need 1/4 cup of sauce).