Lettuce Wraps so we can squeeze back into those jeans again.

After last weeks sugar explosion here at Pass the Sushi and my smorgasbord of ham and mac and cheese yesterday,  I felt like I owe it to my self (and my cholesterol level) to try to make something healthy. Shock and awe from anyone who knows me, I know. But really, we were a little on the wild and crazy side so now its time to make nice with those new pair of jeans just in time for warmer weather (cuz Lord knows that bikini is out of the question).

I saw these lettuce wraps on the Novice Chef blog and new I had to try them. I wanted to serve these with rice just to break things up a little, but for the two of us and our head of lettuce, this was enough; no rice needed.

Lettuce Wraps

From The Novice Chef


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey (or any other ground meat)
  • 1 medium shallot
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 scallions
  • 2 large stalks lemongrass-tender pale inner core only, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews
  • 1 teaspoonful seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoonful garlic chili sauce
  • small handful of cilantro, chopped
  • butter lettuce leaves (our local market only had Iceberg…. really… only iceberg? WTF), for serving


In a large wok (or non stick skillet), heat oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and shallot and cook for 15 seconds, then add ground turkey. Break up the meat with a spoon, tossing/stirring often, until meat is cooked through.

Once the turkey is cooked through, check and see if there is a lot of grease left over in the bottom of the pan. If there is, drain the meat, and then re-add to the wok. If not, skip to the next step.

Add the scallions, lemongrass, rice vinegar, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and garlic chili sauce. Toss well to ensure everything is coated. Allow to cook for another 2-3 minutes and remove from heat and sprinkle with cilantro.

To serve, separate leaves of lettuce and wash with warm water; pat dry. Spoon the turkey mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf and eat like a taco!

I am lucky to have an Asian market right behind my storefront that I can go to for things like lemongrass and hoisin sauce. If you don’t have a specialty market near you, don’t worry. I’ve seen a lot of growth recently at normal grocery stores and even in that big box store (whose name I wont mention) within their ethnic foods departments. The prices are a bit more then what I pay where I go, but it works in a pinch.


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  1. RavieNomNoms says

    You have no idea how much I want to reach into the screen right now and devour those! Holy cow do those look good….I have always been a fan of lettuce wraps but yours look SO tasty!

  2. says

    I love to wrap my burgers in iceburg lettuce so I can just imagine how delicious and juicy-fresh this is! This may end up on my Facebook page sometime in the near future!

  3. says

    I need this after the Easter I had! I love the hoisin and the cashews and the scallions and well – the fact that you didn’t sacrifice flavor. Only I’ll take mine on a butter lettuce leaf…

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