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Lettuce wraps add so much to a meal! They are not just about reducing carbs. There’s the added dimension of crunch from the crispy cold lettuce contrasting with the hot stir-fry–you’re not going to get that from a wrap, rice, or noodles. Just as importantly, a lunch based on lettuce wraps will not add to that post-lunch, mid-afternoon drowsiness we all tend to experience. When we’re talking about a meal that can fill me up and let me stay mentally in the game? I’m all for it!
Sure, all wraps can be a little messy, especially if you eat at your desk. So just pack your lettuce and your ground turkey mixture separately, keeping both at the correct temperatures. Spread out an extra paper towel or two, and you got this! Wraps are even easier to eat at home (because everything is easier at home, amirite?), so there’s no reason not to serve them to yourself and the fam. Boston Bibb is a good, firm lettuce that will hold up to the hot protein mixture, but even iceberg lettuce will work just fine, and you know the kids will enjoy it, too!
You’ll notice this recipe contains traditional orange marmalade. It’s used as a quick and easy way to provide a sweet & sour, citrus-based flavor to the lettuce wraps. Bonne Maman brand orange marmalade is readily available and while not organic, it’s all natural, free of preservatives, and uses sugar rather than high-fructose corn syrup. If you have time and enjoy other orange-flavored Asian meals, such as orange chicken or beef, look into making your own–a link is in the recipe!
Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Adapted from: a recipe by Wolfgang Puck
- 2 tbs grapeseed oil
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 2 tbs garlic, minced
- 1 tbs fresh ginger, minced or microplane zested
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (depending on your love of heat)
- 2 tbs low-sodium soy sauce
- 3 tbs organic hoisin sauce (or make your own!)
- 2 tbs Bonne Maman orange marmalade (or make your own orange sauce!)
- 2 tbs plain rice vinegar
- 1 tbs toasted dark sesame oil
- medium serving bowl, warmed and ready
- 1 large head iceberg lettuce, washed, leaves separated carefully, and patted dry; arranged on a platter
- 1 large carrot, peeled and grated, in a small bowl
- 4 green onions, trimmed and thinly sliced on the diagonal, in a small bowl
- toasted sesame seeds
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high with oil. Add the ground turkey, garlic, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Break up turkey into small pieces and stir until it is no longer pink; about 3-4 minutes.
- Add the hoisin, marmalade, rice vinegar, and sesame oil; stir until everything is well-combined. Remove skillet from heat. Transfer mixture to warmed and ready serving bowl.
- Bring ground turkey mixture, lettuce wrap platter, and bowls of carrot and scallions to the table. Place a spoonful of turkey mixture into a lettuce cup, sprinkle with carrots, onions, and sesame seeds, wrap, and eat!
Notes: Lettuce wraps just too annoying (or too hard for your kids) to deal with? Shred the head of lettuce as you would a head of cabbage, pile lettuce shreds on a plate, and serve the turkey mixture over the shredded lettuce. That satisfying crunch is still there–you just don’t have to work so hard to enjoy it!
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