I love lettuce wraps. This is kind of weird to write because I am a total carb girl too. My mama is Italian and I grew up on pasta – lots of pasta. There is nothing better in this world than my mom’s rigatoni and meatballs. But as much as I LOVE pasta I always feel my best when I am keeping a lower carb diet. Don’t worry I am not anti carb by any stretch of the imagination I am just saying keeping an eye on the carbs keeps me feeling good.
Back to lettuce wraps and the reasons I love them. First, they are a GREAT way to enjoy my favorite sandwich fillings without all the carbs from bread. I have filled lettuce wraps with tuna salad, chicken salad, buffalo chicken dip, and all other kinds of ingredients. Basically anything you would put in a wrap, between bread, or even in tacos or on top of rice can go into a lettuce wrap. Second, using a lettuce wrap brings out the flavor of the filling. The filling is the star. Third, they are super easy to make. Just take whatever filling you are using and put it in a lettuce wrap. Perfecto!
I have been craving Asian food lately so I decided my next lettuce wrap would have an Asian flare. To keep the fat and calories low I used ground turkey. After I browned and cooked up the turkey I stirred in onion powder, garlic powder, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger, sesame oil, sliced green onion, and Sriracha. Those are my absolute favorite Asian flavors wrapped up in one delicious wrap. The result is a sweet, tangy, and slight spicy lettuce wrap filling. Don’t skip the Sriracha because it gives it a nice kick. I even added a little more to my wrap after I put it together.
I used Boston lettuce but I have used romaine lettuce leaves as well. So use whatever lettuce you have on hand.
From start to finish this recipe took me less than 30 minutes to make. However, if you don’t have any time to spare then go ahead and make the filling on the weekend and freeze it. I even recommend freezing the filling into portions so you can just pull out what you need.
These Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps are high in protein so they are quite filling. They are also low carb so you will feel full but not bloated after eating them. One serving ( 2 lettuce cups) is 171 calories and 5 weight watchers points plus.
- 1lb ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ cup hoisin sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
- 1 bunch green onion, sliced
- A couple dashes Sriracha (Asian chili pepper sauce), more to taste
- shredded carrots
- In a medium pan, heat olive oil on medium high, and cook turkey until it is cooked through and there is no pink, about 7-8 minutes.
- Stir in onion powder, garlic powder, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, grated ginger, and sesame oil. Cook for 5-7 minutes.
- Stir in sirracha and green onion. Cook until green onion is wilted.
- Serve in lettuce cups with extra Sriracha and shredded carrots.
The turkey filling can be made completely ahead of time and frozen or kept in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Warm up and eat with lettuce wraps.
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