Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps: Cook once, serve twice

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Thai lettuce wraps are an all-around favorite in our household and I end up making them every 4-6 weeks most of the year.  They are savory and filling, and work well for nights when different members of the family need to eat dinner at different times due to work, recreation or school activities.  Does this ever happen in your house?

Preparation at home is an opportunity to choose ingredients

You could go for the take-out option and purchase Thai lettuce wraps at most Thai restaurants…but they are very easy to make. Another benefit of making them at home, is that you control the ingredients. This means  you can tailor the dish to your tastes or dietary needs. When you cook at home, it can be a great advantage to your health. By the way, these are a little high in salt, in case you were wondering.  If you follow a lower salt diet, omit the extra salt from the recipe and make these a “once in a while” dinner, instead of a regular part of your monthly recipe lineup.

Cook once and serve twice

These particular lettuce wraps are made with 99% fat free ground turkey. In most restaurants they will be made with ground chicken (which you could also use when you make them at home).  By making extra filling and sauce, you are able to cook once, but serve them twice.

Use Fish Sauce, Worcestershire sauce, or Ponzu

One note on fish sauce.  This is a very pungent strong-flavored sauce made from fermented fish and is commonly used in Thai cooking. If you can’t find fish sauce, or don’t like the flavor, you can omit it or try substituting a little Worcestershire sauce, or a little ponzu sauce (a citrus flavored soy sauce with a little fish flavoring).  The flavor won’t be quite the same, but it will still be delicious.

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Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps: Weeknight Quick and Easy
These are a weeknight quick and easy dinner and only 170 calories per wrap. They are a little high in sodium, so if you are watching your salt intake, omit the salt and make sure you use low-sodium soy sauce.
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Thai
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
wraps
Ingredients
Filling
Sauce
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Thai
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
wraps
Ingredients
Filling
Sauce
Votes: 2
Rating: 5
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Spray a large skillet with canola oil and saute ground turkey on medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes, stirring and chopping it with your spoon to separate it into small pieces.
  2. Add the rest of the filling ingredients, cover and continue to cook until the meat is done. Add additional water if needed.
  3. In a separate small pan, place sauce ingredients and cook, stirring frequently, on medium heat until well blended and a good consistency. Add additional water if needed.
  4. To serve, place one washed bibb lettuce leaf on a plate and fill with 1-2 Tbsp. of filling. Top with sauce and enjoy. Add a Thai style vegetable salad if desired.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition information per wrap:  170 calories;  9.5 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 0 grams transfat;  30 mg cholesterol;  490 mg sodium; 8 grams carbohydrate; 1 gram dietary fiber; 12 grams protein (values are approximate).

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