Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

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!

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
For the dressing
  • 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
For the filling
  • 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
Instructions
  1. Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, lemon juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, and honey. Set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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Chicken Satay Skewers with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Main, Poultry, Starters | February 21, 2017 | By

How many ways can you cook chicken? Stop hitting yourself over the head with a meat mallet because you’re stuck on the same old recipes! Find some wooden skewers and make this easy and fun-to-eat chicken dish! You can serve it as a starter, or make it a main course with steamed rice on the side. I’ve skewered it with both chicken cutlets or cut-up chicken breasts. Either will do. The chicken doesn’t take long to grill using an indoor grill pan or outdoor grill, so stay on top of it! If you have any leftovers, top a salad with this chicken — so tasty!

Chicken Satay Skewers with Spicy Peanut Sauce
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
For the Marinade
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • Handful chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken tenders
  • 8 bamboo skewers soaked for 30 minutes
Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light coconut milk
  • ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon crushed or grated garlic
  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
Instructions
  1. In medium sized bowl, combine fish sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, sambal oelek, lime juice, ginger and cilantro. Whisk until thoroughly combined. Put marinade in large plastic baggie and add chicken tenders. Refrigerate for one hour. Remove chicken from marinade (discard) and thread each chicken tender onto a bamboo skewer.
  2. Heat a grill pan or grill on medium-high. Spray with cooking spray first so chicken doesn't stick. Grill chicken 2 to 3 minutes on each side until cooked through and light grill marks appear. Serve with dipping sauce.
To make dipping sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Notes
Also good with rice on the side if serving as an entree.

Sambal oelek can be found at specialty Asian markets and select grocery stores.

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Stuffed Peppers with Turkey and Rice

Main, Poultry | October 18, 2016 | By

Asian Caucasian is all about healthy and flavorful, and these tasty stuffed peppers are no exception! They’re a piece of cake to make!  The ground turkey “stuffing” packs a slight punch with Asian spices, jalapeño peppers, and red chili paste. Gotta include healthy kale and brown rice. Top with your favorite herbs, like fresh cilantro. Did I mention it was good for you? 🙂 

Stuffed Peppers with Turkey and Rice
 
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Serving Size: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 large red and yellow bell peppers, seeded (tops removed and chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 1 8 oz. package button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
  • Pinch of Kosher salt
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ¾ cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 cups frozen or fresh chopped kale
  • ½ cup light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek (red chili paste)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a shallow baking dish place bell peppers open side up and place in the oven for 15 minutes until peppers are just soft. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat canola oil on medium high heat in a large sauté pan. Add garlic, chopped bell peppers, jalapeño peppers, and shallots. Cook until softened, about 3 minutes. Add in the ground turkey and cook until slightly browned. Add in mushrooms and ginger and cook another 2 minutes. Season with salt and stir in brown rice and chopped kale.
  3. In a small sauce pan on another burner, heat coconut milk, red curry paste, and sambal oelek on medium high heat until just boiling. Stir sauce into sauté pan with other ingredients. Sprinkle in cilantro and squeeze of lime juice.
  4. Stuff bell peppers with the mixture and place back in the oven for 25 minutes until the mixture is heated through. Serve immediately.
Notes
Sambal oelek can be found at specialty Asian markets and select grocery stores.