Asian Turkey lettuce Wraps
Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps are one of my favorite quick, easy dinners. They are so fresh & flavorful but really satiating at the same time. You just can’t beat crisp lettuce with the savory umami flavors of the Asian-inspired sauce!
But first, groceries...
In today’s blog post, I thought it would be helpful to revisit how I grocery shop and meal plan for the week to save money but still eat delicious meals. I’m just not one of the people that enjoys eating the same thing in a row more than twice, so this is the method that works for me.
I do realize that this is quite a bit of planning, but it really doesn’t take me longer than 30 minutes and it makes our weeks go sooo much easier if I already know what I’m making for dinner each night.
Every weekend, I sit down and plan out the week ahead in terms of dinners. At this point I typically know what our upcoming evenings are going to look like as far as commitments or plans that would interfere with dinners. I then use our cravings, cookbooks and some social media inspo to decide what to make for dinner each night. This week, Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps were obviously on the menu! Here’s what the rest looked like:
Sunday- Whole Roast Chicken with Potatoes & Carrots
Monday- Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Tuesday- Pasta with Homemade Marinara & Veggies
Wednesday- Shrimp Fried Rice
Thursday- Kale Salad & Salmon
I then make my list by looking at these dinners and writing out the ingredients needed for each. My list this week was: Greek yogurt, feta, arugula, lemons, ground turkey, lettuce, carrots, radishes, peppers, baby tomatoes, cilantro, lime, peas, potatoes, onions, coconut aminos, canned tomatoes, zucchini, broccoli, goat cheese, chicken, shrimp & garlic.
I then double check my list to make sure I don’t already have the ingredients, I add a few breakfast items/staples and then I’m off to the store. This makes it SO much more time-efficient and budget-friendly rather than just walking around the grocery store and picking up things I “think I’ll make”. Pretty sure I would buy out the whole store if I did that LOL.
I make at least 4 portions of each dinner and then we have the leftovers for lunch the next day! So easy and allows us to eat delicious meals all week long.
How to make the asian turkey lettuce wraps
These Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps were such a hit this week! They are so simple and come together really easily.
For picking the lettuce, I personally prefer butter lettuce as I think it can usually hold more filling. You could also opt for romaine or even collard greens, but it just depends on how the lettuce varieties look at the store!
The sauce is also very easy and the ingredients are pantry staples for me. I would recommend purchasing all of the ingredients because they will last a long time and I use them a ton in my recipes. It’s really my go-to Asian-inspired sauce that you can repurpose for a lot of different dishes!
Once the ground turkey, onion and peas have sautéed, the sauce is added and thickens up and makes the filling a perfect umami bomb with lots of flavor from garlic, ginger, coconut aminos (GF soy sauce), lime and sesame.
I also personally prefer to cook up some white or brown rice to have with my lettuce wraps, but if you want to keep it low-carb, you can omit the rice.
Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps
- 1 tbsp avocado oil or olive oil
- 1 lb ground turkey can sub ground chicken or pork
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1 cup frozen peas
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 1 head butter or romaine lettuce
For the Sauce:
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos, tamari or soy sauce
- 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced
- 1 tbsp arrowroot or cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes optional- omit for no heat
- Wash & dry all lettuce leaves to remove any dirt.
- Heat a medium skillet over medium heat, add oil.
- Brown the ground turkey in the pan, adding the red onion & frozen peas at the end of cooking time.
- Whisk together all ingredients for the sauce, add to the skillet and let thicken for a few minutes over medium-low heat.
- Serve filling in lettuce wraps.
- Optional: add white or brown rice to the wraps. Top with cilantro and lime juice.