Thursday, November 1, 2012

quick weeknight Asian turkey lettuce wraps

My friend Claudia gave this recipe to me a long time ago and it’s one of those ones marred with smudges and splatters from some serious use.  I was just reminded that she got it from Picky Palate which reminds me I should check that site more often!  (Luckily it’s now got a special spot protected in a sheet protector in this baby.)

My whole family gets excited when I make these (except maybe Elle who doesn’t get excited about much when it comes to food), and they are easy-peasy and good-for-you too.

Here you go:

2 tbs. extra virgin olive oil

1 c. finely chopped onion

1 lb. ground turkey breast

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1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp garlic salt

1 12 oz bag of broccoli slaw (I wish I had taken a pic. of the bag last time I made this, but you can find broccoli slaw in most grocery stores in the produce section by the packaged salads)

1 small drained water chestnuts

1/2 c. Teriyaki sauce

1 tsp. sesame oil (I've never put this in)

Approx. 15 butter lettuce leaves (I usually use romaine)

1) place oil into large 5 qt. skillet or other large pan over medium heat. When hot, add onion and cook for 5 minutes to soften.  Add ground turkey, salt, pepper and garlic salt.  Brown and crumble until cooked through.

2)  When turkey is cooked, stir in broccoli slaw, water chestnuts, teriyaki sauce and sesame oil.  Cook for another 10-15 minutes or until heated through. 

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Reduce heat to low until ready to serve.  Serve spoonfuls inside lettuce leaves. 

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  1. Is this enough for your whole family? Or do you double it? I am not sure if it would feed all of us and we have one less person thatn you. Maybe we are just big eaters!!

  2. this looks so delicious, i am def going to have to try it out

    xo Jessica

  3. I recognized this recipe immediately as we have been making it for years.. Just so you know it is Jenny Flake's recipe from Picky Palate.

    Glad you enjoyed, too.

  4. I'd love to see a "recipes" tab at the top of your website where we can quickly access your wonderful recipes!

  5. Looks delish! Cant wait to try it! In our family of 2 i'm the pickier eater while my husband will try ANYTHING once! Thanks shawni!


  6. Do try adding the sesame seed oil. (Toasted!) it adds such a depth of flavor.

  7. McCurdys yes, it is enough for our whole family, and Carla, thank you for letting me know where it is from! I'm sure my friend must have told me that back when she gave it to me but it's been years.. Amy F, good idea! :)

  8. Love! We've done it without water chestnuts (it taste funny to me....) and with bamboos from a can instead.

    My Chinese mother does a spin on the normal chicken or turkey lettuce wraps with diced celery (cooked and excess water drained and used for congee or baby food rice) and cooked and diced shrimp with only garlic salt for seasoning. She then sprinkles it with crunchy chips or ramen and tops it off with a dollup of plum sauce once it's in the lettuce wrap.

  9. 1Thank you for sharing! It's so nice of you. I'm looking forward to trying more of your "quick & easy."

  10. Me and my mom eat these all the time! (The rest of my family is too picky about food and they hate anything with broccoli, even slaw.) They are seriously the best!

  11. Thanks for the recipe! I made this and love it. I added cilantro and chopped almonds on top!

  12. I had intended on trying this recipe for my family for dinner, but an impromptu party on Friday called for a quick appetizer/snack idea. This recipe, as written with the sesame oil, was a HUGE hit! Everyone loved it and the leftovers where just as good the next day. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I've been "lurking" here at your blog for probably more than 6 months now and look forward to all your great parenting advice. I gave this recipe a whirl this evening and it was a huge hit with us all (except my 4 year old, but I didn't think he'd go for it anyway). Thanks so much for sharing. This will definitely be part of our regular dinner rotation!

  14. We tried our version of this recipe - changed because I didn't have all the ingredients on hand, but close enough - and my kids keep asking me to make it again. Thanks!

  15. I just wanted to let you know that I gave this recipe my "Stamp of Approval" on my fitness and nutrition blog! :) It is so delicious and nutritious!

  16. Thank you for a great recipe. My husband and I loved it! I didn't try giving it to the kids. Just gave them some of the turkey/onion mixture in a tortilla with cheese. But it was mild enough that the next time they will get the full dish!

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