appetizers & snacks
January 21, 2013 posted by dre

asian turkey lettuce wraps

lettuce wraps.

…sounds healthy, right??

healthy asian turkey lettuce wraps

well, my recipe is.  but get this…when ordering lettuce wraps from one of the many major restaurant chains that offer them as an appetizer, you’re looking at inhaling anywhere from 530-1,025 calories!! seriously!?!  it’s totally deceptive for them to make this sound like a “healthy choice.”

this recipe i’m about to share with you is deceptively delicious…it tastes like 1,000 calories.  and it looks like what you would order in the restaurant.

healthy asian turkey lettuce wraps

except… my clean version has less than 300 calories and only 7.6 carbs in the whole recipe.  oh yeah, and it’s loaded with 58 grams of protein!

i don’t even blame you for wanting to high-five me right now.  :)

healthy asian turkey lettuce wraps

let me back up for one second.  this recipe is the first of my ground turkey series… geez, that sounds super lame…surely i could have come up with a more exciting title! hmmmm….

anyway, it was created especially for those of you who love to use other people in their family (including their kids) as a reason/excuse to why they can’t eat healthy.  (oh, you know who you are!!)  i’m going to show you as many ways as i can think of to easily make boring ground turkey into something fun, fresh, and delicious–for any member of the family!

asian turkey lettuce wraps

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8 lettuce wraps

Serving Size: 4-8 lettuce wraps

Calories per serving: 296 calories; 58 grams of protein

asian turkey lettuce wraps

if you like it extra spicy, you can drizzle a little extra sriracha on top! it's delish!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (cooked) lean ground turkey breast
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar (no sugar, no sodium)
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sriracha hot chili sauce
  • 2 ounce diced water chestnuts
  • 2 tbsp chopped green onions
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped unsalted cashews as topping
  • 2 hearts of romaine (any lettuce will do, i've just found romaine hearts to be sturdiest for making little lettuce boats!)

Instructions

  1. mix warm ground turkey with all ingredients except nuts.
  2. spoon onto romaine leaves (i like to double mine up so they don't fall apart)
  3. sprinkle chopped nuts on top!
  4. that's it! :)

Notes

unsalted chopped peanuts are traditionally used on lettuce wraps...i swapped them out for cashews to keep it clean for all my paleo peeps... ;)

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  • Dre, what do I think about it? WOW, you are creating, publishing the most incredible menu – now let me get to the better stuff. I want to thank you my beloved daughter – as we call you “SIS”, you are so awesome, I am so incredibly proud of you and not only are you the second most beautiful lady in my life but you are fit, smart- needless to say it- you are the BEST when it comes to diet and fitness. Thank you for sharing the WRAP with me today, and to the public, the word really needs to get out there that DRE’s talk and taste offerings are not just talk but DRE lives the lifestyle and is the BEST example of beauty, fitness and health. – YES, I will request your beautiful mother to create some turkey and stuff for me to bring to work and then I WIIL do the WRAP. Keep up the GREAT work.

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  • This is the freshest tasting recipe that is in my wife’s arsenal at the moment. I am picky enough to not let her retry anything that didn’t pass my taste test but this recipe was so successful that I have had he remake it multiple times since. Success!

  • so how much is a serving??? is it just one lettuce wrap or four or two or some other number???

    • The calories I listed were for the exact recipe I posted. You may make it into however many lettuce wraps you’d like! :)

  • Looks delicious, I must try.

    • thanks so much for following! :)

  • These look cool and fresh , since I am gluten and dairy free , its a perfect thing for me to make…I may need to make ALOT of them to get my guys (a hubby and 2 teenage boys to try them with me!) Nice and simple ingredients…YUM! Thanks!

    • thanks colleen!! so happy to hear that. this is a super easy dish to make a lot of and just warm up when you want it… sometimes i’ll just chop up the lettuce & toss it all in a bowl as a “salad” too! thanks for sharing! :)

  • Sounds and looks delicious! I’m so making it!!

    • :) thanks natalo! enjoy!

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