Healthy food can taste amazing! These Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps are bursting with fresh ingredients and bold flavors, as a result they are delicious and nutritious! You’re going to love them!
Honestly, these are one of our very favorite things to eat. We serve them as a main dish, but they would make great appetizers too.
The combination of exciting ingredients like chili sauce, lime juice and zest, red pepper flakes, onions, brown sugar, cilantro, mint, etc. really livens up the ground turkey. No one will suspect you’re serving them a low fat entree.
We saute chopped onions in a little oil, then add ground turkey, garlic and ginger. The increased surface area of ground meat allows it to absorb so much flavor.
The sauce for these lettuce wraps can be made 2-3 days in advance, making for even faster dinner prep! The sauce has it all, for example the flavors are sweet, tangy, spicy, and salty by bringing together sweet chili sauce, soy sauce and hoisin sauce along with brown sugar red pepper and lime. Yum!
This recipe had me at lime! And it just kept getting better from there.
A key ingredient for this dish is Thai Lime & Chili Cashews from Trader Joes. They give that extra crunch and “je ne sais quoi” to this flavor-filled dish. If you can’t find these, you can substitute roasted cashews or roasted peanuts.
We like to mix the sauce right into our meat mixture because we get lot of flavor that way, next we spoon the mixture into a lettuce leaf and eat it taco or burrito style. Some people may prefer to scoop the meat mixture onto the lettuce and then add a bit of sauce. Taste the sauce and see what you think! You might also want to adjust the sauce for additional salt or red pepper flakes depending on your palate.
You can get creative and add additional side toppings like shredded carrots, thinly sliced cucumbers or sprouts. We always prefer to eat this mixture wrapped in a lettuce leaf. Thai turkey lettuce wraps are so refreshing. Sometimes when we have leftovers, we’ll serve it over rice the next day. It’s great with rice as well. We hope you’ll try this exciting recipe and love it like we do!
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Additions to Meat Mixture
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originally posted on 01/5/19