Monday, January 16, 2017

Asian lettuce wraps

Ground turkey + veggies + a peanut & teriyaki sauce 

This recipe popped up on my Facebook newsfeed from Taste of Home — one of those where the video makes it look so easy peasy, so you pin it for later and never get around to making it. Well as luck would have it, I actually needed a quick meal for a crowd shortly after pinning this baby, and it was every bit as easy peasy as Taste of Home made it look. Chop up some stuff, fry up some ground turkey, whip up a sauce, and toss it all together in one pan. Everyone agreed the flavor was great (I cut back on the original amount of peanut butter) and that it's definitely worth making again. 

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1 to 1.5 pounds ground turkey (*See Turkey Note below)
1/2 cup shredded carrot
2 TBS minced fresh ginger 
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 8-oz. can water chestnuts, drained & chopped
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped snow peas
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce (reduced sodium)
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1.5 to 3 TBS creamy peanut butter (I used just 1.5)
1 TBS rice vinegar
1 TBS sesame oil
Bibb lettuce leaves
Additional hoisin sauce (optional) 

*Turkey Note: The original recipe calls for 1.5 pounds of ground turkey. However, I can only ever find ground turkey in 1-pound packages. If you have the same problem, you can reduce the amount to 1 pound of turkey (as I did this time) or up the amount to 2 pounds of turkey (as I plan to do next time!). You may want to add more of the other ingredients, should you opt for 2 pounds of turkey.

1. In a large skillet, cook the turkey and carrot over medium heat until the meat is cooked through and the carrot is tender. Drain.

2. Add minced ginger and garlic, then cook one minute more. 

3. Stir in the chopped water chestnuts, green onions, snow peas, teriyaki sauce, hoisin sauce, peanut butter, vinegar, and oil. Heat through. 

4. Spoon the turkey and veggie mixture into the lettuce cups. Drizzle with additional hoisin sauce, if desired. 

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Like I said, the original recipe calls for 1.5 pounds of turkey, but I (accidentally) used a 1-pound package for my group of six. Next time, I'll definitely round up to 2 pounds of turkey instead. If you do the same, you might want to up the amount of veggies and sauce as well — probably by half. If you have leftovers, so be it! This fresh, flavorful mix is delicious reheated, too.

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