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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Getting your hands dirty

There's nothing neat about this dish, but that's part of what makes it so great...not to mention the fact that it's really good for you.  Another delicious low carb dish!  I made this (a different variation) a few years ago and decided it was time for it to resurface.  It'll definitely be a staple in our house now.

Feel free to adjust the heat level according to your liking (I went as far as I could go without burning up Frank's wimpy sensitive stomach).  Ground pork, beef or chicken would work well, as would shredded chicken.  I don't know much about tofu but I'm guessing that would be okay too.  

The peanuts give it a nice added touch and some great texture.  Next time I'll probably add water chestnuts for even more crunch.

I made the turkey ahead of time and reheated it before serving.  It could even be done the night before - so convenient and easy!  For sides, I made brown rice, seasoned with some garlic and soy sauce, and steamed green beans.  

Spicy Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps
adapted from Kalyn's Kitchen

2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons ginger root, peeled and grated
1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
4 tablespoons soy sauce 
2 tablespoons sriracha
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 cup chopped peanuts 
1 head red leaf lettuce

Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan, add onion and saute about 2 minutes, then add garlic and ginger root and saute another minute.

Add ground turkey to frying pan and break apart, then add soy sauce and Sriracha. 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. Remove the core end from lettuce and separate leaves. Chop peanuts and put in small bowl to serve at the table.

When turkey is done, add chopped cilantro and cook 1-2 minutes more. 

Place turkey mixture on lettuce leaf, sprinkle with peanuts, and fold the leaf closed to make it easy to grab and eat.

Linked to: What's On Your Plate? hosted by Good Cheap Eats

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At March 2, 2011 at 1:24 PM , Blogger Catherine said...

This is something that I know I would enjoy...tasty and healthy! That is the winning combination. Blessings, Catherine

At March 2, 2011 at 1:45 PM , Blogger Ann said...

I love lettuce wraps. These look so great. You are behaving. :)

At March 2, 2011 at 3:08 PM , Blogger Pam said...

Yum - these lettuce wraps look and sound delicious.

At March 2, 2011 at 5:38 PM , Blogger Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

Melissa, these look so mouthwatering and healthy! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

At March 2, 2011 at 7:12 PM , Blogger Gillian said...

I'm going to try these, but I think I might try shredded chicken, and boston lettuce. :-) Thanks!

At March 3, 2011 at 2:26 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

I love lettuce wraps and I'm always adding sriracha to everything. Great idea for dinner.

At March 3, 2011 at 2:52 AM , Blogger Katerina said...

Hot and spicy, my husband would love it!

At March 3, 2011 at 7:34 AM , Blogger Joanne said...

Sometimes getting messy in the kitchen is good for your soul. And for your body. In this case, it's both!

At May 4, 2011 at 10:10 AM , Blogger Kalyn Denny said...

Glad you enjoyed the recipe. I love lettuce wraps of any type!

At February 2, 2012 at 12:32 PM , Anonymous robert sinclair said...

THat stuff looks superbly healthy! This would go great with one of my veggie shakes!

At August 9, 2012 at 5:20 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Making for dinner right now - after trying another recipe last time i made this, i'm back to the tried and true Melissa version. Thanks Melis!


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