Spicy Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps

So I have a little confession to make: I may just be slightly addicted to carbs. I came to this realization after a loaf of soda bread from my mum was gone a mere 24 hours after it had come through the door. So I decided that maybe I should eat a little bit more lean protein and vegetables and a little less bread and rice (and cookies and banana bread and …). The Baked Eggs were the first step in the plan, these Lettuce Wraps were the second.

This recipe came together fairly quickly which is good because when I arrived home from running yesterday, I was hungry and grumpy and needed something to eat – stat! These took about 30 minutes from the time I pulled out the cutting board to us sitting at the table eating. Now, it may just be that I was ravenous, but they tasted really good (I didn’t even miss rice or noodles).

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Spicy Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Yield: 4 Servings

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 red onion, diced
1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
4 tablespoons light soy sauce
1 teaspoon fish sauce
2 tablespoons sambal oelek (chili paste)
1/2 to 1 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1 head of iceburg lettuce, separated into whole leaves

In a large saute pan over medium heat, saute the onions, ginger and garlic until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add in the peppers and cook for another 2 minutes.

Then, add the ground turkey to the pan and use a wooden spoon to break it apart. Add the soy sauce, fish sauce and sambal oelek. Cook until the turkey begins to brown and is cooked through, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cilantro.

To serve, set out lettuce and the turkey mixture in separate dishes. Let each person fill the lettuce with the turkey to make their own wrap.

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