Thursday, January 23, 2014

Asian Lettuce Wraps

If you're bored of all the meals you've been making, try these lettuce wraps. Seriously, the flavors are unlike anything I've ever eaten. We use a blend of five spices along with some Asian sauce to take these from plain turkey lettuce wraps into a mini vacation for your mouth. They're that good. Let me show you how I make them.

-1/2 cup of water
-1/2 cup of instant brown rice
-2 teaspoons of sesame oil
-1lb of 93%-lean ground turkey
-1 tablespoon of minced fresh ginger
-1 large red bell pepper, finely diced. Organic please!
-1 8oz can of water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped. You can find these in the ethnic food aisle
-1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth or chicken stock. I show you how to make your own here.
-2 tablespoons of hoisin sauce
-1 teaspoon of five-spice powder
-1/2 teaspoon of salt
-2 heads of Boston lettuce, leaves separated
-1/2 cup of chopped fresh herbs. You can use cilantro, parsley, basil, mint, chives, whatever you have.
-1 large carrot, shredded. This is another one you want to get organic.

-Bring water and rice to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for about 5-10 minutes. Then remove from the heat.

-Meanwhile, heat your sesame oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add turkey and ginger, break the turkey up with your spoon or a potato masher. If your turkey isn't browning up for you, just increase heat to high for about a minute, continue to break up your turkey. Cook until turkey is completely cooked through, about 6 minutes.

-Stir in the cooked rice, finely chopped bell pepper, chopped up water chestnuts, chicken stock, hoisin sauce, five-spice powder and salt. Cook until just heated through.

That weird looking block on the left side is my still-frozen homemade chicken stock. 
-Turn heat off, add your shredded carrots and herbs. How pretty is this??

-To serve, divide lettuce leaves among plates, spoon the filling into each leaf and enjoy! You could just toss it right on top of your lettuce and eat it like a salad.

4 servings: 1 1/4 cup filling for about 6 lettuce leaves each.
Nutritional Info: 276 calories, 11g fat, 3g saturated fat, 1g monounsaturated fat, 66mg cholesterol, 24g carbs, 26g protein, 5g fiber, 534mg sodium, 390mg potassium

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