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Crisp, crunchy and full of flavor, these Thai Turkey Lettuce Cups are easy to make, fun to eat and oh-so nutritious!

You can save time by using pre-cut veggies or save money if you’re willing to spend a little time to chop your own.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons of canola oil (divided)
  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1-1/2 cups of chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup of matchstick carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh mint 
  • 12 butter lettuce leaves
  • Optional: 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Create Sauce:  Whisk together rice wine vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of oil. 

Saute Turkey:  Heat remaining tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add turkey, stirring and breaking it into crumbles. Cook until lightly brown (about 7 minutes). Add 1/4 cup of the sauce to turkey and cook 4 minutes longer until sauce is absorbed.

Assemble:  Arrange 12 butter lettuce leaves for filling. Place about 3 tablespoons of turkey into each lettuce leaf. Top with cucumber, carrots, peanuts and mint. Drizzle remaining sauce over each lettuce cup and serve.

Enjoy!

Prep Time:  20 minutes
Serves:  Four (three filled lettuce cups per person)

Nutritional Details Per Serving
Calories:  377 calories
Carbohydrates: 18 grams
Fat:  23 grams
Protein:  25 grams

We encourage you to experiment – it’s fun to add your own flair and favorite flavors!  Here are a few additional ideas:   Steep fresh ginger or garlic in the sauce, swap a tablespoon of sesame oil for canola oil, or try fresh basil in place of the mint. 

This is our debut video recipe, with plans for more in the future!  For more healthy ideas, check out recipes from our Pick of the Month feature and diabetes services.
Our thanks to CookingLight.com for the inspiration.