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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Spicy Turkey Lettuce Wraps

So we try to eat healthy, and we also try to avoid carbs at night.  We have a lot of weight influenced health problems in my family, so we are particularly cautious about the scale.  That means we endlessly are looking for protein rich, veggie rich, and flavor rich meals.  This fits the bill on all accounts.  Although I used romaine, I really think butter lettuce or good old iceberg would be a good choice.  The carrots and water chestnuts add great crunch!!!

Spicy Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Adapted from Melissa D'arabian

12 ounces ground turkey
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
8 ounces white mushrooms, chopped
3 scallions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
One 6-ounce can water chestnuts, chopped

1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

Drizzling Sauce:
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard or spicy mustard
1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

8 to 12 large iceberg lettuce leaves, cleaned and dry
Shredded carrots, for serving
Bean sprouts, for serving
Chopped fresh cilantro, for serving

For the filling: Brown the turkey in the oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat until no longer pink. Add the mushrooms, scallions, garlic and water chestnuts, and cook until the mushrooms soften. In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, brown sugar and vinegar, pour over the turkey mixture and cook 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

For the drizzling sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, vinegar, honey, mustard, Sriracha, sesame oil and 1/4 cup water.

Serve the turkey mixture with the lettuce leaves, drizzling sauce and vegetables for lettuce wrap assembly.

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