Five-Spice Lettuce Wraps

In Cooking, Uncategorized on January 15, 2011 at 12:37 am

I made these for dinner last week.  This is a great healthy recipe, but I loved it so much it was also a test on keeping the portion control in check.

Five-Spice Lettuce Wraps adapted fr Eating Well recipe

  • 1 cup of steamfresh brown rice
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 4 small sweet bell pepper, finely diced (the miniature ones that come in a cute plastic container…)
  • 1/2 can water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped (4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic chile sauce – such as Huy Fong (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese Five-Spice Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 heads Boston lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, basil
  • 4 baby carrots, thinly sliced
  • soy sauce (optional, for serving)
  • garlic chile sauce (optional, for serving)

Directions: Microwave steamfresh rice (you can cook rice, but hey everyone has a right to be lazy – I called dibs).  Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat.  Add ground turkey, ginger; cook; crumbling with a wooden spoon, until the turkey is cooked through, about 5 minutes.  Stir in 1 cup of the cooked rice, bell pepper, water chestnuts, broth, hoisin sauce, garlic chile sauce, and seasonings; cook until heated through; stirring to distribute spices and sauce, about 1 minute.

To serve, spoon portions of the mixture into lettuce leaves, top with cilantro and carrot; add soy sauce or garlic chile sauce if you desire; roll in to wraps and eat up!

Nutrition: approx. 285 cal; 11g fat; 24g carbs; 5g fiber; and 22g protein (for 1 1/4 cups of filling (or 1/4 of the recipe)).

Apologies for this blog being so late, bum day I guess.  The only things I accomplished today were the dishes and a short trip to the gym.  In fact I didn’t cook anything today… I had a can of tuna for dinner… it’s true.  I wish I had these lettuce wraps, but it was just that kinda day – tomorrow is a new one (well really today, considering how late it is…).  On a brighter note, this recipe is delicious and I think the Chinese Five-Spice is an essential ingredient to the taste of these wraps… so if you don’t currently keep it in your cupboard then this is a good recipe to buy some for! Happy healthy eating! 😀

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