Eating healthy can be tough at first because you have to cook quite a bit more and finding new recipes that you know you like so you do waste food can be a challenge. Since I am a pretty finicky eater I thought I would start posting recipes I try to help in the search for tasty as well as healthy options. One big reason I wanted to try lettuce wraps was because you can pretty much substitute lettuce cups in for when you you normally use bread or tortillas. Just wrap it tightly and make small portions than you would with say burritos or turkey wrap then have more. For example make two lettuce cups with the same serving you would put in one tortilla that way the lettuce wraps around a few times.
Modified Lettuce Wraps Recipe
1 lb Organic Ground Turkey
3/4 c Green Onions
1/2 c Shredded Carrots
1/2 c Chopped Almonds
2 tbs MCT Oil of cooking oil
1 Head Lettuce
1 Pouch Lee Kum Kee Sauce for Lettuce Wraps
8 oz. can Drained water chestnuts
1/4 c Chopped peanuts
Directions on Package-
1. Heat oil over high heat in a large frying pan or wok.
2. Add turkey (or pork or chicken) and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until browned. Add all vegetables, 1/2 nuts. Stir-fry for an additional 2 minutes.
3. Add 3/4 of pouch. Bring to a simmer, add green onions and additional nuts. Scoop the mixture into lettuce cup. Drizzle the maintaining sauce on top.
You can also put rice or quinoa in the lettuce cup but since I am going towards low carb these days I chose not to. You could also try this vegetarian and only use rice or quinoa. If I get a chance I’ll try that and add to this post a a later time. I also used MCT oil instead. Its tasteless and has less calories than most other oils. You could also use coconut oil but it does change the taste slightly. You could also add other veggies that you may think would tastes good. This is the first time I tasted these so I didn’t modify it too much but next time I think I might try some spinach or zucchini.
This recipe is great because it make six servings so you can put in the fridge and have in ready for lunch later in the week or dinner another day. It is a little high in sodium but if you keep it as a every few days that should be fine. I am hoping to try and make my own sauce next time instead of store bought but for the first time I wanted to try a sauce I knew would more or less tasted good. Which it really does.