Sunday, January 1, 2012

Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Wow, we loved this meal - definitely one of the most flavorful meals we've made in a while.  Todd couldn't get enough, and I think these taste better than the lettuce wraps I used to get with my friends at P.F. Chengs in high school.  That was so a thing in high school, right?

Now, when you're cooking the turkey, don't play with it too much.  Once you integrate it with the shallot and garlic, just let it sit until one side has browned then flip the pieces  - you can mash it up later.

Hope everyone had a great new year's!  It's been pretty lazy around here, but we managed to get in a chest, tricep and shoulder workout and cardio.  The hardest part of my workout is always mustering up the energy to do cardio at the end, but once I do, I'm always glad I did!

Have a great night and amazing start to the new year!  Bring it, 2012!!

Lettuce Wraps

Slightly adjusted from The Novice Chef

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 lb extra lean ground turkey (or any other ground meat)
1 medium shallot
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch scallions (whites and greens), chopped

2 large stalks lemongrass-tender pale inner core only, minced

1/2 cup chopped cashews

1 teaspoonful seasoned rice vinegar

1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 1/2 teaspoonful sriracha (or if you're like me, 1 1/2 tablespoons...)
Your favorite lettuce, for serving

In a large wok (or non stick skillet) sprayed with Pam, heat to medium heat. Add the garlic and shallot and cook for 15 seconds, then add ground turkey. Break up the meat with a spoon, tossing/stirring often, until meat is cooked through.

Once the turkey is cooked through, check and see if there is a lot of grease left over in the bottom of the pan. If there is, drain the meat, and then re-add to the wok. If not, skip to the next step.

Add the scallions, lemongrass, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, cashews, and sriracha. Toss well to ensure everything is coated. Allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes and remove from heat and sprinkle with cilantro.

To serve, separate leaves of lettuce and wash with warm water; pat dry. Spoon the turkey mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf and eat like a taco!

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