Today, let’s talk turkey. Specifically, these delicious, easy Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce. They’re an absolutely perfect summer recipe to enjoy while dining al fresco. Yes, lettuce wraps can be a bit messy… but aren’t all good things in life?
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As someone who rarely eats red meat, turkey is a favorite in our house. I often try to turn classic beef/pork recipes into tasty turkey dishes. Turkey tacos, turkey Stroganoff, turkey lasagna, turkey Shepard’s Pie, turkey burgers, turkey meatballs. Really, turkey can replace pretty much anything you use red meat in as a lower fat, protein-rich alternative. My mom, the adorable, die-hard Italian she is, has even come around to some of these dishes. Although, she won’t use turkey in her classic meat sauce (yet…).
Wondering about the different cuts of turkey or the difference between Free Range, Conventional, Organic, or Heritage turkeys? All of this and more can be found here.
One of my favorite things is lettuce wraps. How can it not be? They’re full of protein, low-carb, gluten-free, and they’re loaded with fiber-packed veggies. So healthy, bright, and perfect for either an appetizer or a main dish.
If you eat meat, the nutritional benefits of turkey are some of the best. Here’s some:
Pretty awesome, right?
Okay, let’s talk about these lettuce wraps.
This delicious turkey mixture is made with red bell pepper, carrots, and fresh green beans, before being wrapped in beautiful, bright green Butter lettuce. (You could also use Bibb or Boston lettuce; they are all interchangeable, very similar varieties.)
The vegetables get sauteed with garlic, shallot, fresh ginger, and Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce).
Then, an exceptionally tasty and surprisingly easy peanut sauce gets made with Tamari, honey, sesame oil, ginger, lime, and red chili pepper flakes.
It’s eat-it-off-the-spoon worthy.
These wraps are so good and so healthy. Each serving (two wraps with sauce) has only 279 calories and a whopping 20 grams of protein. It also has 50% of your daily Vitamin A and tons of fiber, potassium, and iron! To cut back on fat, you can omit the peanut sauce or use very little. A little goes a long way in adding lots of flavor.
Feel free to experiment with the wraps. Add in some brown rice, water chestnuts, or different herbs. If serving a crowd, you can serve the turkey in a large bowl and the lettuce and sauce on the side to let your guests build-their-own. For something less messy, consider serving Deconstructed Lettuce Wraps, with the turkey on top of chopped Butter lettuce, like a salad, and drizzled with the peanut sauce. Much less messy… but also a little less fun.
In summary, this recipe is 1. Delicious / 2. Healthy / 3. Ready in under 30 minutes / 4. Gluten-Free / 5. High in protein / 6. Requires no silverware (hi, less dishes!) / 7. Low in carbs / 8. Perfect for an appetizer or light dinner/ 9. An easy way to feed a crowd / 10. Inexpensive
I can’t wait for you to make this dish and enjoy it with friends (and maybe a little wine) on a warm summer night! What are some of your favorite ways to cook turkey? Be sure to follow Serve Turkey’s Facebook Page for even more healthy recipes and fun ideas!
- ½ cup natural creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium Tamari (or soy sauce)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- Pinch of red chili pepper flakes
- ¼ to ½ cup of warm water
- ½ pound ground turkey breast
- ½ pound ground turkey thigh
- ½ pound fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into thirds
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 Butter or Bibb lettuce heads (for about 16 leaves)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large shallot, diced
- 3 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup shredded carrots (plus more for garnish)
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium Tamari (or soy sauce)
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar, packed
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- red chili pepper flakes
- Make the Peanut Sauce: Combine peanut butter, Tamari, honey, lime, ginger, sesame oil, and chili flakes. Whisk well. Slowly pour in warm water while mixing to reach your desired consistency. You will need about ¼ to ½ cup of water. Add it a little at a time. Set aside.
- Wash and dry your lettuce leaves and set 16 aside.
- Trim green beans, cut into thirds, and cook in a shallow layer of boiling water. Cover and steam until crisp-tender, about 5-6 minutes. Shock in an ice bath (or run under cold water) and set aside.
- Cook the turkey in a lightly oiled skillet, breaking up meat, until browned and no longer pink, about 3-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Drain, discard leftover fat from pan, and set aside.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil until hot. Add in garlic, shallot, red pepper, and ginger. Cook until softened, but not browned, about 3-5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, and a pinch of red chili pepper flakes. Return turkey to the pan along with the green beans. Mix the Tamari with the brown sugar and drizzle in. Cook mixture until heated through and bubbly. Add in shredded carrots in the last 1-2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and gently stir in a large handful of chopped cilantro and 2 teaspoons of sesame oil.
- Serve wraps assembled and drizzled with peanut sauce or as a Build-Your-Own set-up. Sprinkle wraps liberally with shredded carrots and cilantro. Serve with lime.
Serve these as Deconstructed Lettuce Wraps (over chopped lettuce, drizzled with peanut sauce) for a less messy version.