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Asian lettuce wraps

Courtenay Henderson

This recipe just came to me as I glared at the ground turkey I had pulled out of the freezer earlier. I love cramming as many vegetables as possible into whatever I make, and this recipe has SO many! It would be a great one to bring to a potluck and it's perfect for leftovers. We ate this one night in a bowl with a little green onion on top and then another night in some butter lettuce. Delish!

My friends always bug me about not making things with any sauces. I think sauces are fun sometimes, but for the most part I am a sauce-less wonder. Although, after these little guys become wraps a dip might be nice. I'll leave it up to you.

One other comment! Almost every recipe I find has 1-2 cloves of garlic for the whole recipe. Let's be real, you need at least 6. Gimme all that garlic breath. 

Asian Lettuce Wraps (30 min)

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 c uncooked quinoa
  • 3 c water
  • 1 T coconut oil
  • 5-7 cloves of garlic
  • 2 inch piece of ginger (grated)
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 20 baby (2 regular) carrots
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 2 T tamari or soy sauce*
  • Pepper and chili flakes to taste
  • Butter lettuce 

Add the water and quinoa to a pot, bring it to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. It will continue to cook while you're working on the rest. Brown the turkey in a tablespoon of coconut oil, drain and set aside. Add onion and celery to the turkey pan and saute until translucent (3-4 min). Use a garlic press or a grater and add in the garlic, grated ginger and the rest of the veggies. Season with pepper and chill flakes. Add the turkey and cooked quinoa to the veggies. Warm all the friends up together and add your tamari (or soy sauce). Spoon a few tablespoons of the mixture into the butter lettuce and enjoy!

*Tamari is similar to soy sauce, it's made with less or no wheat, is thicker than soy sauce and less salty. The one I use is gluten-free but you'll need to check the label to be sure.

Done and done! If you don't feel like making wraps, I would double the quinoa. Dinner for tonight and lunch for the week! Super healthy, full of flavour and speedy enough to make while you're steering your baby away from the dog's dish... Just me? Ok then.

-C