Recipe: Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

One of the challenges to living healthfully is finding tasty healthy foods!  So, I thought I’d share some of my favorite recipes that are also health conscious.  Today, I’m sharing one of my absolute favorites: Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps.  I love it because it is fast, easy, tasty and healthy.

There are a lot of variations of this recipe.  I have adapted this one to my family’s tastes and the ingredients we usually have around the house.  If you try it, let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion/scallions (or more, we often use up to 1/2 cup)
  • 2 tbls lime or lemon juice (lime is better, but lemon will do)
  • 2 tbls fish sauce
  • 3 tbls creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tsp garlic and red chile paste
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional – we like it, but not necessary)
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (could substitute couple dashes of red pepper)
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts (salted or non-salted are fine, though salted is recommended)
  • 1 large head of Bibb or Boston lettuce, rinsed and patted dry (or use salad spinner, if u have it), leaves separated for filling

Instructions:

  1. Cook turkey over medium heat in large skillet, until thoroughly cooked (but not dried out).  Drain.  Return to skillet.
  2. Stir in scallions, lime/lemon juice, fish sauce, peanut butter, chile paste, sugar, and red pepper flakes.  Cook for a couple more minutes, until hot.  Remove from heat.
  3. To Serve: Spoon 2-3 tlbs of turkey mixture onto each lettuce leaf, top with 2 tbls carrots and 1 tsp peanuts.  You can put more or less of the turkey mixture and more or less carrots to taste.  I like using just 2 tbls of turkey, but my husband usually doubles it. 🙂  To eat, you can just pick it up and eat it kind of like a taco or roll the lettuce and eat like a wrap.

Serves 2-4 (about 12 wraps), depending on how hungry you are, if you serve anything else with it, and how much turkey you put in each wrap.

Enjoy!

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