Turkey Lettuce Wraps

IMG_9463 There’s something so satisfying about a lettuce wrap, I really need more of them in my life. I love the hot-cold combination of ingredients and the crunch of the lettuce – plus, they are so healthy that I never feel guilty about eating three or four of them. Definitely tasty as a vegetarian dish (just add black beans to the mix), but I really enjoyed this turkey version that we had the other night.

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You’ll need:

  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp peanut or canola oil (and if you have sesame oil, a little splash of that too!)
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • Cucumber – 1 cup cubed
  • Cilantro – 1/4 cup chopped and more for garnish
  • 2 large carrots – grated
  • 1 large avocado – sliced
  • 1 red or yellow pepper – thinly sliced
  • Green onions – 1/2 cup sliced
  • 1/2 large red onion (sliced paper thin – if you have a mandoline the results are great.
  • 2 tbsp black bean sauce or hoisin
  • 2 tbsp Thai sweet chili sauce  (I used store bought but this recipe looks good)
  • Toasted sesame dressing
  • Salt to taste

Get cooking:

First things first: Grab your iceberg lettuce and remove the core – Click here to see the best trick. After the core is removed, submerge the lettuce head in a sink of cold water and carefully pull the lettuce leaves apart. Set on a tea towel to dry.

Heat oil in a non-stick fry pan and toss in the ground turkey. Once browned, add garlic and ginger, black bean or hoisin sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce and continue cooking on medium-low until turkey is cooked through. Taste and add more sauce if needed. Remove from heat, add chopped cilantro, and set aside.

Now the fun part: grab some of that fresh lettuce, fill with sliced veggies and turkey then drizzle with the toasted sesame dressing. Garnish with cilantro and you’re ready to roll. Enjoy!

IMG_9470 p.s. If you have leftover veggies and turkey just turn them into a salad the next day by adding some cooked and chilled asian-style noodles and a little more sesame vinaigrette!

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