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Turkey and Lettuce Cups

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Turkey and Lettuce Cups

Turkey and Lettuce Cups
Georgia Glynn Smith
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total prep 174 calories/serving
Every time we go out for a Chinese meal, these lettuce cups are always my kids' first choice. They are light, reasonably healthy, are packed full of flavor, and they’re pretty quick to make.

Recipe courtesy of The Essential Low-Fat Cookbook: Good Healthy Eating for Every Day by Antony Worrall Thompson with contributor Juliette Kellow. Published by Kyle Books, 2012.


  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons very finely shredded lemongrass, outside layers discarded
  • 2 bird's eye chiles, seeded and finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed to a paste with a little sea salt
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated, retaining any juice
  • 10 oz ground turkey or chicken
  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3/4 cup (2 oz) snow peas, trimmed, and cut into very thin strips
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
  • 3 canned water chestnuts, drained and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 8 basil leaves
  • Handful of cilantro leaves
  • 4 iceberg or little gem lettuce leaves
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) bean sprouts, soaked in ice water, then drained just before use
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons kecap manis (Indonesian soy sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili oil


  • Heat a wok with the oil, then add the lemongrass, chiles, garlic, and ginger and cook for 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Remove and set aside.
  • Add the ground turkey or chicken to the wok, and cook over high , stirring continuously, and breaking up any lumps with a fork or spoon. Cook for about 4 minutes until brown.
  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients.
  • Return the lemongrass mixture to the wok, along with half the dressing, and toss thoroughly. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the bean sprouts and lettuce leaves, and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Slide into a bowl and serve with the remaining dressing.
  • Your fellow diners can then spoon the turkey into their lettuce "cups," top with bean sprouts, and roll up and enjoy the crunch.
  • Tip
  • To separate iceberg leaves without tearing them, place the lettuce core-side up on your cutting board, remove the core using a small sharp knife, then hit the lettuce hard on the bottom, which will help to loosen the leaves.