Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Let it be known that choosing to eat clean does not necessarily equate to a death sentence for your palette. [insert Hallelujah! here] Before starting my new plan, I too was guilty of assuming that lean & clean was secretly synonymous with bland, monotonous and flat-out boring food. Thankfully, I’ve since opened a Pandora’s Box of some of the most delightfully flavor-centric dishes that I’ve ever made (yes, MADE myself!). Instead of relying on traditional tongue pleasers like saturated fats and sugars, fresh herbs, exotic spices and crisp vegetables are the star players in my kitchen. Here’s a favorite new recipe of mine that incorporates several layers of bright and vibrant flavors without ruining your progress:
THAI TURKEY LETTUCE WRAPS
Recipe adapted from Giada De Laurentiis’
1/3cup fresh lime juice, about 5 limes
3T fresh lemon juice, about 1 large lemon
2T fish sauce
1T coconut oil or olive oil
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
2 jalepenos (use only 1 if you don’t like spicy)
1.5lbs lean ground turkey
1 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder (optional, but i really like the flavor. Not “thai” per se but try it!)
1.5cups mixed bell peppers (green, yellow, orange or whatever you want)
1/2cup chopped cilantro
1 head of butter or romaine lettuce, leaves seperated
In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, lemon juice, fish sauce and honey. Set aside.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, jalepeno and salt to taste. Cook until soft and translucent, about 5min. Add the turkey and season with salt, fresh ground pepper and 5 spice powder. Cook 5min and then add the bell pepper, cook 2-3min. Add sauce to pan and cook for 2min. Stir in cilantro and season with salt and pepper if needed.
Spoon turkey mixture onto lettuce leaves.
And that’s it! These babies pack A LOT of punch. Enjoy!