Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Easy Skinny Turkey Lettuce Wraps

 Who loves those lettuce wraps from PF Changs or Pei Wei?? Well, if you love those, you will really appreciate these!  I found these to be ten times better than ordering them out.... And CHEAPER!!  Give these are whirl.... It only took me about 15 minutes to cook these and I was fully satisfied and guilt-free.

Yummy Turkey Lettuce Wraps


1 T peanut oil or avocado oil (or slightly more, depending on the pan you have)
3 T minced red onion
2 T minced garlic (I used minced garlic from a jar but fresh garlic would be even better)
2 T grated ginger root
1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
4 T soy sauce (I used Tamari)
1 T Chile Garlic Sauce (or slightly more if you like spicy foods)
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro (about 1/2 large bunch)
1/3 cup chopped almonds
1 large head or 2 small heads Boston Lettuce or butter lettuce, or substitute 1 head romaine lettuce


Chop onion and set aside. Peel ginger root, then grate with the large side of a cheese grater, and chop garlic if using fresh garlic. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, add onion and saute about 2 minutes, then add garlic and ginger root and saute about one minute more.

Add ground turkey to separate frying pan (with a bit more oil if needed) and break apart and spread out with turner, then add soy sauce and chili garlic sauce. Cook until the turkey is brown and crumbling apart, and the sauce is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.

While turkey cooks, wash and chop fresh cilantro to make 1 cup. Remove the core end from lettuce, separate leaves, and wash in salad spinner and spin dry (or wash under running water and dry with paper towels.) Chop almonds or use sliced almonds and put in small bowl to serve at the table.

When turkey is done, add chopped cilantro and cook 1-2 minutes more. Serve filling and lettuce leaves in separate bowls, with chopped almonds in another small bowl. Take a lettuce leaf, fill with desired amount of turkey mixture, add chopped almonds over top, and then eat the mixture from the lettuce cup.
I fold the lettuce cup over when I eat it, so it's kind of taco-shaped, but some people like to wrap the lettuce clear around the filling... However you like it.... It all still tastes divine!!  Have at it....

 If you are feeling crazy, add some avocado and Siracha, as Jeff did below!  He's too crazy for me, it was spicy enough as it is for me!

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