Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

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Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes

Weeknights are busy and many parents find themselves preparing the same meals over and over again. While ground meats are wonderful time savers, even beloved tacos and turkey burgers get boring after awhile. Why not mix it up a bit with some quick and easy Thai food? This tangy, Asian-inspired meal is just as simple as tacos, but tastes so fresh and fun. I prefer to eat it as a lettuce wrap, but the kids like it over rice. Don't let the fish sauce scare you away, it isn't particularly fishy and it lends a great depth of flavor to the dish. But if you can't find it in your supermarket (or don't want to try it), substituting equal parts soy sauce is fine too.

What you'll need

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 minced red onion
  • 1 1/4 pound ground white meat turkey
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 juiced limes
  • 1 bunch green onions, (thinly sliced)
  • 2 red jalepenos, seeded, de-veined, and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • lettuce leaves, (Boston, Romaine or iceberg work well)
  • cooked rice

How to make it

  1. Heat canola oil over medium heat in a large non-stick skillet. Lightly sauté red onion until it begins to soften, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add turkey and break apart with a spatula. Continue to cook until no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Drain any juice or fat and turn off the heat, cooling meat for 5 minutes.

  3. Add fish sauce, soy sauce and lime juice to turkey and stir. Taste for seasoning then put in a serving bowl.

  4. To serve, put 1/4 cup of meat in a lettuce leaf, then top with some green onions, jalapeno pepper slices, a pinch of cilantro and mint, and a sprinkle of peanuts. Serve with hot rice.

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