When I get a craving for something for dinner I usually just search Google until I find a recipe that works for me. I had no luck coming up with the perfect recipe for lettuce wraps so I ended up mixing a few different recipes together and giving it my own spin until it was perfect. This has sense become one of our go to recipes in our house. I love that it is packed full of yummy veggies and made with lean turkey meat. The teriyaki sauce gives it the perfect flavoring (because we all know turkey needs a lot of help). Here’s my spin on it.
Asian Teriyaki Turkey Lettuce Wraps
- 1 pound Ground Turkey
- 3 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
- 1 whole Red Onion (small)
- 3 green onions
- 1 clove Garlic
- 1 whole Red Bell Pepper
- 2 Carrots
- 1/4 cup Diced Water Chestnuts
- 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 2 Tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Chili Sauce
- 1/4 cup Teriyaki Sauce
- 1 head Iceberg Lettuce
The prep for this dish takes the longest, so get everything chopped and ready beforehand. Once you get cooking, you add ingredients fairly quickly.
Prep the veggies:
Dice the red onion, green onion, red pepper, and water chestnuts. Grate the carrot. Mince the garlic. Cut out the core of the iceberg lettuce and give it a rinse. Allow the lettuce to drain, and carefully loosen the leaves.
Prep the sauce:
Mix together the teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, chili sauce, rice wine vinegar, and 1 tablespoon sesame oil.
Heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the remaining sesame oil (2 tablespoons) to the pan, allow it to heat up for a minute, then add the diced red onion and red peppers. Cook the onion and peppers for a few minutes. When it starts to become translucent (after 4 or 5 minutes) add the carrots and green onion and cook a few minutes more. Then add the garlic. Cook for 30 seconds, then add the ground turkey meat. Brown the meat, then add the water chestnuts, stirring constantly. After another 3 or 4 minutes, add in the sauce. Stirring frequently, let this cook for 2 or 3 minutes. The sauce should thicken a bit.
Serve with the iceberg lettuce: take one leaf and add a few heaping spoonfuls of the meat mixture, fold up, and enjoy! I recommend serving this with steamed rice, or mixing the white rice in the lettuce cup with the meat mixture.
Don’t forget to grab a ton of napkins because this is a messy meal, not something you would want to serve on a first date. 3rd date, sure, by then it’s time to show a guy your true colors, but a first date meal it is not.