These Thai lettuce wraps are one of those unicorn meals that is so easy, so healthy, and so delicious, we can't help but wolf down two or three servings before we even consider slowing down (and we can't even say with confidence that we know how to best eat a lettuce wrap. They're tricky). These wraps have all our favorite elements of a solid weeknight dinner: plenty of Sneaky Greens seasoning, a perfect savory sauce, protein, and ample opportunity for your favorite veggies to sneak their way in to the whole mix. If you play your cards right, you'll have plenty for the next day's lunch, too.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE SAUCE
- 2 teaspoons Hoisin sauce
- 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil (or just olive oil—it's not much, so whatever you've got is fine)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons Sriracha hot sauce
- Freshly ground Sneaky Greens Organic Pepper
INGREDIENTS FOR THE FILLING
- 2 teaspoons olive oil or EVOO
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic or Sneaky Greens Organic Garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh, finely chopped ginger*
- 2 green onions, chopped (save some for garnishing)
- 1 lb. ground turkey or chicken
- 2 cups mixed vegetables (you can use anything you like here; we like using carrots, frozen peas, mushrooms, and onion, but you can also use peppers or anything else you've got around)
- 1/2 green apple, finely chopped (optional)
* Ginger is kind of a pain in the butt to peel and grate, so we suggest peeling and chopping a whole bunch and freezing the ginger you don't use. It's a lot of initial prep work, but you'll thank yourself later.
INGREDIENTS FOR ASSEMBLY
- Green or butter lettuce leaves, washed and separated
- Shredded carrots for garnish
- A handful of chopped peanuts, lightly toasted
- Heat up your favorite skillet on high; add canola oil or whatever cooking oil you've got.
- Add the three G's to the pan: ginger, green onion, and garlic (assuming you're using fresh; if not, hold off). Let it cook for just a few seconds until fragrant. Don't let any of that delicious flavor burn!
- Add your protein and Sneaky Greens garlic powder (if using) and cook, breaking up, until cooked through. While your protein is cooking, you can work on your veggie prep work and sauce mixture.
- Add your choice vegetables and cook for a few minutes.
- Mix in the sauce and stir together for about one minute, until thickened just a little bit.
- If you're using apples, add them and toss everything together. Remove the pan from heat.
- To assemble, put the lettuce leaves on a plate and spoon in the filling. Top with peanuts, shredded carrots, and a little extra Sriracha or Hoisin sauce if you're feeling saucy.
This recipe serves 2 or 3 hungry eaters, but you can double it for inexpensive and delicious leftovers. If you are doubling the recipe, it's best to cook half of the meat in another pan so the resulting liquid evaporates a little more easily.
Happy eating from all of us at Sneaky Greens!
Recipe originally adapted from Steamy Kitchen.