This recipe was inspired by Giada De Laurentiis, one of my food heroes on Food Network. I started making this awesome dish a few years ago. Most Thai restaurants serve this as a starter, called “larb,” but I find that it’s super healthy as a main dish also — think lettuce wraps from Cheesecake Factory, only way better! These babies are full of flavor and make great leftovers. Aromatic mint is the key ingredient here. You can also substitute the turkey for pork or beef. I prefer ground turkey or chicken to keep it low-cal. Forever watching my girlish figure!
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice (from about 4 limes)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 large lemon)
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- ½ medium red onion, diced
- 3 small shallots, thinly sliced
- 1 4-inch piece lemongrass, minced
- 1 Thai chile pepper or serrano chile, stemmed and thinly sliced
- 1 small can water chestnuts, chopped
- 1 pound ground turkey
- ½ cup chopped fresh mint leaves
- ¼ cup fresh basil or Thai basil
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 head butter lettuce or savoy cabbage (light green leaves only), leaves separated
- Chopped peanuts
- Optional: sticky white or brown rice, for serving
- Lime wedges
- Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, lemon juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, and honey. Set aside.
- For the filling: In a large skillet or wok, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, shallots, lemongrass, chile pepper, and water chestnuts. Cook about 5 minutes until fragrant. Add the ground turkey, breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon or spatula. Cook until the meat and vegetables are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the dressing to the pan and cook 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the mint and basil. Season with salt and pepper if needed.
- Forming a cup with the lettuce leaves, place a spoonful of the turkey mixture into a lettuce cup and top with chopped peanuts and extra basil. Squeeze lime juice over lettuce cups. Serve with sticky rice, if desired.
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This vibrant Thai cucumber salad recipe comes from Katie Workman’s The Mom 100 food blog! It’s so easy and quick to prepare. From Katie: This salad features bright flavors, exciting textures, and the play of sweet and sour and salty happening in so many ways. Lemongrass, chilies, coconut milk, these ingredients are now popping up all over the country at supermarkets and it’s so much fun to work them into your home cooking. This simple salad features crunchy cucumbers, enhanced with just a bit of citrus, soy sauce and a few other Thai ingredients. Cilantro (sometimes also called Chinese parsley) is an herb people usually love or hate – few people feel “meh” about it, so if it’s not your thing, or someone at the table doesn’t like it, serve it on the side and let people add it to their own salads as they wish. If you want to bump up the flavor even further, substitute fish sauce for half of the soy sauce. It will add a layer of pungency to the dish! Thanks, Katie, for sharing this delicious salad recipe!
- 2 seedless cucumbers
- 1 jalapeño pepper
- 2 teaspoons minced shallots
- 3 tablespoons less sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoon cilantro leaves
- ¼ cup salted cocktail peanuts, lightly crushed
- Peel the cucumbers, slice them in half lengthwise and remove any seeds with a teaspoon. Slice the cucumber into very thin slices crosswise, using a sharp knife or a mandolin. Trim the jalapeño, slice lengthwise, remove the seeds and finely mince.
- In a large bowl combine the jalapeño, shallots, soy sauce, lime juice, sugar, and stir to combine. Add in the cucumber and toss to combine. Transfer the mixture to a serving bowl or platter, top with the cilantro and peanuts and serve.
Baby, it’s cold outside! Warm up your tootsies with this super easy Pumpkin Coconut Soup! I literally made this in 30 minutes! Need I say more? There are so many fragrant spices in this recipe, plus the sweetness from the pumpkin purée and a dash of brown sugar combined with the heat from the Thai chili pepper is so incredibly satisfying! It’s seriously healthy too, no fat in this bowl of goodness! Pair it with a nice glass of wine (or whisky) and you’ll be warming up in no time!
Pumpkins really work wonderfully in this comforting bowl of soup!
Toast the raw pumpkin seeds with a sprinkle of salt and sriracha seasoning!
- 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 1 red Thai chili pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
- ¾ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- 2 cups low sodium chicken stock (or vegetable stock)
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 2 15 oz. cans pumpkin purée
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- Dollop of low-fat sour cream
- Toasted sriracha pumpkin seeds for garnish (recipe below)
- Melt the coconut oil in a heavy Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and chili pepper. Sauté until fragrant and onions are translucent. Stir in the curry powder, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, and salt until well blended with the sautéed vegetables about 2 minutes.
- Add in the chicken stock, coconut milk, pumpkin purée, and brown sugar. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer for 10-15 minutes. Using an immersion blender or regular blender, purée the soup until smooth. Taste for seasoning. Add in the pepper and more salt if necessary. Serve the soup with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds.
- To make the toasted sriracha pumpkin seeds:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place 1 cup of raw pumpkins seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Spray the pumpkin seeds with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and 1 teaspoon of sriracha seasoning. Toss well to coat. Bake for 7-10 minutes or until browned and toasted. Let cool.
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