Sunday, April 26, 2009

Healthy Asian Lettuce Wrap

I enjoy finding healthy substitutes to foods that normally aren't so healthy. This is a favorite for both me and my husband! If you prefer a more traditional style, substitute ground pork for the turkey and jasmine rice for the brown rice.

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 TBS light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp minced fresh ginger root
  • 1 c. brown rice
  • 1 c. water
  • 16 large lettuce leaves
  • 1 c. shredded carrots
  • 1 c. green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 c. sliced red bell pepper
  • 1/3 c. light soy sauce
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 3 TBS rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 TBS minced fresh ginger root
  • 1 tsp sugar


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together ground turkey, 1 TBS soy sauce, 1 tsp minced garlic and 2 tsp ginger. Form into 16 meatballs and roll into ovals. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine rice with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender. (or use your rice cooker for perfect rice every time - just remember that brown rice takes more liquids and needs to cook longer)
  3. Preheat the grill or broiler. Arrange rice, lettuce leaves, carrots, scallions, and red peppers onto a serving platter or place each into a small bowl. In a medium bowl, mix together 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/3 c. water, rice vinegar, 2 tsp garlic, 1 TBS ginger, and sugar. Divide into 4 small dipping bowls.
  4. Thread two meatballs onto each 10 inch skewer. Grill or broil for 10 to 12 minutes, turning occasionally to brown all sides. If broiling, line the broiler pan with aluminum foil and drain fat after 6 minutes.
  5. To eat, place a leaf of lettuce onto the palm of your hand, spoon on a little rice, then a meat roll, and a few of the vegetables. Roll up and dip in dipping sauce or spoon sauce over.

Serves 4

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