Asian Lettuce Wraps

By admin | July 24, 2011

These Asian Lettuce Wraps were a hit at a recent Kidney BEAN class presented by Kaiser Permanente.  During KIDNEY BEAN, RD Winnie Foley helps renal patients navigate the complex nuances of their diets.  And I, bring those recommendations to life with yummy recipes which we then eat. :)

This basic recipe is the foundation for many delicious lettuce wrap meals to come.  Make this once, then the next time you can add your favorite seasonal vegetables like zucchini or carrots, or make an Asian style cabbage slaw or pickled cucumber salad or marinated onions to go along with it.  Fresh herbs like mint, cilantro or Thai basil would be a refreshing finish. If you want to incorporate some carbohydrates to this low-carb dish, add rice or noodles.  Kick it up with additional spice, or other bold flavors to your liking.

  • 1 head Boston Bibb or Red Leaf Lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp minced pickled ginger
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • Sriracha or other hot pepper sauce (optional)

2-3 scallions, green tops only, thinly sliced for garnish

Heat 1 Tbsp of oil (or spray with cooking spray) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until they start to brown.  Add the garlic and ground turkey stirring often to break it up, until brown and thoroughly cooked.
Drain any excess oil (with lean turkey there shouldn’t be any) and stir in the remaining ingredients.  Continue cooking until the liquid is absorbed, about 5-7 minutes.Remove from heat, stir in the scallions and scoop a small amount of the meat mixture onto the lettuce leaves, which can be rolled and eaten like tacos.
Arrange lettuce leaves around the outer edge of a large serving platter, and pile meat mixture in the center. To serve, allow each person to spoon a portion of the meat into a lettuce leaf. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito, and enjoy

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