Turkey Lettuce Wraps.

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Happy Sunday Everyone! I've been off work for 2 weeks now and am not looking forward to returning tomorrow.  Although my holidays were very nice and relaxing, I did indulge in all sorts of wonderful foods.  Now that my belly hates me, I’m going to try getting back on track and eating healthier this month.  I've planned my meals for the week and went grocery shopping today for all the items needed.  I bought plenty of fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken and whole grains.  I think it should be fairly easy to get back into the swing of things as I never restrict myself from sweets or other little cravings I may have.  If I want chocolate I’ll have a few squares, if I want salty I will have nuts or crackers, I’ll be sure to satisfy the craving with something moderately healthy and not over indulge.  I could never drink water or eat a vegetable when I have a serious salty or sweet craving, it just doesn't work!  I feel like if I cut out all the sweets for good I would end up crawling into a bathroom one day and binge eating a chocolate cake.  Moderation is key!


With this month being dedicated to healthy eating, I decided to try out the ever so famous P.F Chang’s Lettuce Wraps.  Now I don’t even know what a PF Chang lettuce wrap tastes like because there are no locations in Canada BUT I went with it anyway.  The version I found is clearly much healthier and I did make some small changes to the recipe.  The outcome was full of delicious flavour and left me wanting to eat the whole batch.  I actually preferred the lettuce as the wrap because of the crunchiness, so good! This meal was so easy to make and only took me about 30 minutes.  The original recipe I found at iowagirleats uses ground chicken but I went with ground turkey instead.  I didn't have chopped peanuts on hand for the garnish but I really wish I did, it would've made the meal absolutely perfect….next time! Overall I was pleased with the outcome of this meal and even without the carb's, it was super satisfying (I ate 3 moderately filled wraps) and I’m happy to say that it’s going to become a staple in the kitchen!

Turkey Lettuce Wraps
(Modified version of P.F. Chang's Lettuce Wraps)

Ingredients:
  • 1lb ground turkey  (or you can use ground chicken)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • salt & pepper, a dash of each
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch nob fresh ginger, peeled & minced
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp  peanut butter
  • 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp chili garlic sauce (or more if you like it hotter)
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 can sliced water chestnuts, drained & chopped
  • 1/4 cup peanuts, chopped (didn't have this on hand)
  • 10-12 large outer lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry


Directions: 
1. Heat a large, non-stick skillet on high. Add turkey, onion, salt & pepper, and cook until turkey is nearly done, stirring often to break up the meat. Add in garlic, ginger and red pepper.

2. While the turkey is cooking, heat sesame oil, soy sauce, water, peanut butter, honey, rice vinegar and chili sauce in a microwavable safe bowl for 20 seconds.  Stir until sauce is combined well.

3. Add sauce to skillet and stir to combine.  Add green onions and water chestnuts and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes until chestnuts are heated through.

4. Serve with cold lettuce leaves and sprinkle peanuts in each wrap.









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24 comments

  1. YUMMY! and I love your spirit of eating well and still keeping the pleasure principle alive!!

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  2. Sounds great! And I will tell you that PF Chang's are addicting so I can't wait to try these!

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  3. Oh I love lettuce wraps though I've had them with pork or duck fillings. I'm think turkey would be a yummy and healthier meat to use!

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  4. WOW, I love P.F. Chang. I definitely am going to try this. Looks delish!!! Turkey sounds fantastic inside too!!

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  5. Like you, I'm doing a lot of eating healthier this month and moderating any of those sweet cravings I may have, as I definitely indulged over the holidays, as well. :)

    These wraps look fantastic, and I will definitely be making them! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I love lettuce wraps. They're so flavorful and have such a great texture to them. Love that you made yours with turkey!

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  7. It's so hard to return to work after a holiday. :( I'm glad you enjoyed your vacay though. I planned my meals yesterday too, and blogged them. Then I am forced to follow through! ;) Joann

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  8. Lettuce wraps are always a big hit around here, especially since I make a habit of keeping romaine on hand at all time, whereas tortillas are a bit less common. Lighter, more refreshing, crunchier- I don't see what's not to like about the concept! :)

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  9. These lettuce wraps are perfect to start the New Year right. I love PF Chang's and didn't think of replicating it. Well, here it is. I must try your recipe. Thanks for sharing & the kind blog visit :-)

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  10. Those look great! A great way to ease back into healthy eating with such wonderful flavors. I eat healthy savory foods pretty much all the time. It's the desserts that always get me. But everything in moderation :)

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  11. Delicious and very healthy looking wraps!

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  12. I bet your version tastes far, far better! And I can say that because I have been to P.F. Chang's. ;)

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  13. this looks amazing... love chicken wraps, so i bet i'd like the turkey wraps.

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  14. wow this looks great ! i use to be addicted to PF Changs this is def a great replacement !

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  15. Healthy and delicious! Great way to start a new year. :)

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  16. These look so yummy and and a good alternative to chicken wraps. Thanks for sharing ! :)

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  17. These are healthy and delicious! Lettuce wraps are really fun to eat, too.

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  18. Haha I'm the same way! Everything in moderation...too much restriction also leads to me eating cakes. Perhaps in bathrooms. Perhaps curled up in my bed with the door shut. :P

    These lettuce wraps are such a tasty step to getting back on track!

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  19. You've inspired me to make lettuce wraps this week--it's been years since I've last been to a PF Chang's but this kind of meal is just what my husband and I need after the holidays. Looks great!

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  20. We love to eat these. They're a fun way to eat and like you say, so very good for you and they have awesome flavour xx

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  21. Getting back on track and eating healthy is a bit hard after indulging over the holidays. This lettuce wrap seems to be a good way to get started. Happy New Year, Natalie!

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  22. I love lettuce wraps and plan to make another batch soon-got a great deal on ground chicken! Love your photos.

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  23. Wow Natalie, your lettuce wrap with turkey looks fabulous, such a nice healthy twist.
    Happy 2013 and have a great week!

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  24. I've made something similar! Totally yummy!

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