Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps ~ The Kitchen Witch

One of my favourite light and easy dinners to put together is lettuce wraps. I had them for the first time years ago at PF Changs and loved, not only the flavour, but also the lightness of the dish. Instead of rice noodles, or a heavy wrap, these are also a low carb treat because they're wrapped in lettuce!

Better still, because they're a favourite of my husband Vaughan (aka "Big V") he got into the kitchen with me to make them.

What ensued was a little mayhem, and a whole lot more magic, because the dish was DEEEEELISH!

Please enjoy this week's video!

Visit the printable recipe here: Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4-6


  • 16 iceberg or butter lettuce leaves
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • PAM cooking spray
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin or honey hoisin sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Asian chile garlic sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
  • 2-4 green onions, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Asian (dark) sesame oil
  1. Prepare the lettuce by cutting out its core (this will make removing the leaves easier. Now gently pull apart the leaves, starting with the leaf-end rather than the core-end. Pile the leaves back together on a serving plate or store in a ziplock bag in fridge until ready to serve.
  2. Spray a non-stick skillet with PAM and bring to medium high heat, brown the ground turkey stirring often and reducing the heat to medium, if necessary. Set aside to cool.
  3. Cook the onion in the same pan, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, sweet chile sauce, ginger, vinegar, and chile garlic sauce to the onions, and stir. Stir in chopped water chestnuts, green onions, sesame oil, and cooked turkey; continue cooking until the onions just begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.
  4. Arrange lettuce leaves on a large plate. Serve warm meat mixture in a dish or bowl next to it. Invite each person to spoon a portion of the meat into a lettuce leaf. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito, and enjoy!

Lyndsay Wells is a professional trainer, writer, and program developer with a passion for food and cooking. She is an award winning recipe developer, a former website ambassador for Kraft Foods Canada, the $20,000.00 winner of the online competition "The Real Women of Philadelphia" and a finalist on the Food Network Canada show Recipe to Riches. Lyndsay believes cooking should be approachable and easy and has great tips and ideas for putting together sophisticated looking dishes that cooks of all levels can accomplish. 

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