Healthy Thai Turkey & Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

23 Apr

Hello strangers!

Ugh. It feels so good to be back. I am having blog withdrawals and I am missing all you guys like crazy. I am so sorry that I haven’t posted in forever but I am going to get on a good schedule of writing, something reasonable that I can stick to.

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What you may not know about me, is I can be slightly obsessive compulsive, Mr. Delish would probably say it’s a lot more than “slightly,” but whatever.

Obsessive compulsiveness can be great when it comes to keeping the house clean or keeping your paperwork organized at work. On the other hand, it can get in the way of getting things done. Did you know that a lot of people that are considered “hoarders” are actually OCD? You might think, that makes no sense, wouldn’t they be super clean and organized if that was the case? Not always. For people with severe OCD, in their mind, everything has to be perfect, so if something gets out of hand, it is almost mentally impossible for them to know where to fix it. They would rather have a huge mess then get halfway between a mess and organization. Sounds crazy, but it’s true! This is the psych student in me coming out.

Despite what it is starting to sound like, this is not my round about way of telling you I’m a hoarder. What I am leading up to is explaining my craziness when it comes to blogging. Ultimately, I would love to post every weekday. Unfortunately, it would be incredibly unreasonable to expect myself to blog every day, considering I work full time, have housework and cooking to do and have a family and friends to keep up with, just like every other human being on this planet. However, what happens, is because I desire to post more often than I really have time to, I just end up not posting at all. It’s almost an all or nothing mindset, which is, quite obviously, very silly.

I need to just accept that 1 or 2 posts a week on this blog, and one post on Hello Giggles  is a reasonable expectation of myself. Then just stick to that. If I manage to get an extra post done, then great, that would be a bonus.

Whew. With that long winded explanation out of the way (I apologize) I am going to get on with the straight goods of this post. Turkey lettuce wraps. NOM.

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I am a huge fan of lettuce wraps, I tend to order them immediately if I see them on a menu. For any of you BC’ers out there, my favorite are the ones from Cactus Club, you know what I’m talking about. Unfortunately, the chicken in those ones is deep fried, which is not the greatest if you think you are ordering something healthy.

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I did, however, order chicken lettuce wraps from a Thai restaurant recently and OHMYGOD they were good. They were very basic, but full of flavor and after eating them I just had to recreate them at home. I added quinoa for some added protein and fiber as well as to make these a little more substantial.

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Thanks for sticking with me while I have been MIA, I promise I will post regularly from now on. The recipe for these yummy lettuce wraps is posted below as always!

Enjoy!

 

Healthy Turkey & Quinoa Lettuce Wraps:

Serves 4-6 (depending on how hungry you are!)

Total time: 15 minutes

Total time where you’re actually doing things: 15 minutes

What you need:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 small white onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Half of each red, orange and yellow pepper (or you can just use whatever color you have on hand, I just wanted to make it colorful) diced
  • 1 lb. ground white meat turkey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. chili garlic sauce (from your Asian grocer or Sriracha)
  • 1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • Lettuce leaves of your choice (I used butter lettuce)
  • Toppings such as: Avocado, tomatoes, thinly sliced carrot/radish/cucumber etc, nuts, chow mien noodles, bean sprouts, cilantro, chives, green onion. Plus whatever you think would taste good!

What to do:

In a large pan, heat one tablespoon of the olive oil over medium high heat, add the minced onion and cook for a minute to get it started, then add the garlic and sauté for another 2-3 minutes until softened. Add the diced peppers and continue to cook for 3 minutes or so. Remove to a bowl and set aside for a moment. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the same pan, and then add the turkey meat. Cook for 6-7 minutes or until cooked through, breaking up into small pieces as it cooks.

Once cooked, add the sautéed veggies back to the pan and stir to combine. Add the soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, hoisin and Thai sweet chili sauce and stir again to thoroughly coat with the sauce. Bring to a simmer to let the flavor absorb into the meat, and then you’re all done.

Serve with the quinoa, lettuce leaves and other toppings.

Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “Healthy Thai Turkey & Quinoa Lettuce Wraps”

  1. Dre April 23, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    I can’t wait to try these!! I’ve been looking for a healthy version that’s just as tasty as my favorite Thai restaurant! Thank you for your post!

    • missdelish April 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

      Yess! As soon as we had these I knew I had to recreate them.

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