I have to hand it to my husband… He made another killer dinner! (How did I get so lucky to marry such a great cook?!). I thawed out some ground turkey this morning (that’s the extent of my jobs in the kitchen – I pick a protein to thaw out in the morning and he turns it into something fabulous for dinner), and he did not disappoint! We both love the Asian chicken lettuce wraps at PF Chang’s. The calories, carbs, and price… not so much. So, fortunately for me, my culinary-genius husband can pretty much replicate any restaurant food, reducing the calories and carb counts and saving us money. He even makes chicken teriyaki like you would get at a Japanese Steakhouse! But back to these delicious and healthy Asian Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps…
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The ground turkey is perfectly seasoned with a combination of ginger, chopped garlic and hoisin sauce, resulting in a slightly sweet, slightly spicy, totally delicious flavor. And the crunch from the carrots and celery is the perfect contrast to the delicate bibb lettuce.
And the best thing about these healthy asian ground turkey lettuce wraps is that they are so quick and easy to make! This whole dinner took my husband less than 30 minutes to prepare. And that was with the “help” of our 6 year old who loves to use her own knives (which are completely awesome, btw!) to chop veggies for Daddy!
**Have a little helper in the kitchen? I highly recommend these silicone knives made just for kids. They will legit slice a tomato, but won’t cut little fingers. Perfect for teaching your mini-me to cook!
Okay, forgive my kids’ knives tangent…
You know that Yum Yum sauce that you get at a Japanese Steakhouse? Our grocery stores carry a pre-made version in the refrigerated section (sometimes next to the seafood) that we love for Asian night. We drizzle a little of that goodness on top, along with a few drops of siracha and a tad extra soy sauce to finish off these perfect healthy asian ground turkey lettuce wraps.
Trust me, they are so good! And way healthier than the PF Changs Chicken Lettuce Wraps. And they’re pretty darn good-looking too, don’t you think?
Here’s the recipe so you can give ’em a try:
Healthy Asian Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 head bibb lettuce
- 1 medium carrot, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
- 2 green onion, chopped, (reserve some for garnish)
- 2 tbsp pickled ginger, chopped
- 1 tbsp garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Siracha, (optional)
- Yum Yum sauce, (optional)
- Brown turkey in olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add carrot, celery, onion, and garlic and continue to cook about 2-3 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Turn heat up to medium high and add hoisin sauce, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Cook about 2-3 minutes to reduce sauce, stirring occasionally.
- Add in cilantro, ginger, and green onion. Stir.
- Continue cooking about 2-3 minutes, making sure that ground turkey is completely cooked through.
- Spoon turkey mixture into individual bibb lettuce leaves.
- Garnish with a sprinkling of green onion, siracha, and Yum Yum sauce (optional).
Want to kick it up a notch? Try smearing a pad of cream cheese on the lettuce leaves before adding the ground turkey mixture. Adds another delicious layer of flavor and texture!
Serving Size:3 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 666 Total Fat: 46g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 32g Cholesterol: 162mg Sodium: 1144mg Carbohydrates: 22g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 12g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 42g