Asian Lettuce Wraps

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These are quick and easy lettuce wraps.  I came up with this recipe after seeing a similar ready to make meal on a local organic food delivery company, where I occasionally order farm fresh veggies from.  I needed something to make that would be quick since we had a meeting in the evening to get our youngest son registered for high school next year.  And in keeping with trying to incorporate more fresh vegetables into our diets, I also needed something that would accomplish that goal.

I will apologize in advance for this recipe.  I tend to be a “little of this and a little of that, and oh a little more of that” person when I cook, especially when I am creating something without a recipe.  I think these amounts are really close to what I actually used.  You can adjust as needed to suit your taste.

Ground Turkey with Coconut Rice Asian Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients for the wraps (minus the stir fry sauce ingredients – they are listed below)

  • 1.5  lbs ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews
  • Head of butter or bib lettuce
  • 1 14 oz Can of sliced water chestnuts (opt)
  • 1/3 cup thinly shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion tops
  • 1.5 cups uncooked Jasmine rice
  • 1 can coconut milk (1 can is just less than 2 cups)

Stir Fry Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons crushed garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon  cayenne powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder

Mix together the ingredients for the stir fry sauce in a bowl.   Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in fridge to marinate for a least an hour.  This can be made the night before.  Once sauce has marinated at least an hour, brown the turkey on medium high heat.  While the turkey is browning, put uncooked rice in a pot, pour in the coconut milk and the water, bring the rice, coconut milk, and water to a boil and then reduce heat and cover rice to cook until done.  Once the turkey is cooked add in cashews, the water chestnuts and the stir fry sauce.  Cook together on medium high, stirring frequently, until sauce is completely absorbed. Remove from heat.

Clean and separate the lettuce leaves while the rice and the turkey are cooking and lightly pat dry.  Once the stir fry sauce has completely absorbed and the rice is complete, scoop the turkey meat mixture and the rice onto the lettuce leaves.  Top with the sliced carrots and green onions.  Wrap up or hold like a taco to eat.

If you make these or adjust the recipe, please let me know what you changed and how you liked these!

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