Quick and Crunchy Lettuce Wraps Recipe
In my kitchen there are 2 main reasons the cooking process takes a lot of time (besides little people telling me they need something every 5 minutes). The first reason is if I am not organized. If I haven’t looked at my recipe before I begin cooking, and I’m not sure what I need, then it takes me twice as long. I end up going to my pantry and fridge a bunch of times and only getting one thing out at a time after I read that ingredients. Totally scattered. The second reason is if I use a lot of dishes, which usually is another effect of problem number one. Then I spend forever after dinner washing dishes. I haven’t reached the phase of life when my have kids are old enough to actually be helpful with the cleanup part of kitchen duty.
I love this Quick and Crunchy Lettuce Wraps Recipe because it uses one pot. I love only having to clean one pot! I’m going to be honest though – I really lucked out in the pot washing department, because my husband loves to do dishes. We have a pretty good kitchen cleaning system down, and he does all the dishes, and I whirl around like a white tornado and clean the rest of the kitchen. But either way, one pot is one pot.
I am in the kitchen cooking A LOT. Like 70% of my life it feels like. From my experience, these 3 tips will really save you a lot of time in the kitchen.
1) Buy pre-chopped ingredients. And not just pre-chopped. Pre-rinsed, pre-cut, pretty much when you are short on time, whatever you can find that has already done some of the work for you. For this recipe I found pre-diced water chestnuts which were the best things ever! Chopping little things always takes way longer. Like olives – pre-chopped olives (although I have never bought these, I really think I want to because slicing olives is one of my least favorite jobs) And the mushrooms I bought, although they were diced, it still saved time because I didn’t have to do ALL of the cutting.
2) This is the organized part. But really, if you just take 5 minutes before you begin cooking and set all your ingredients out in your prep area, you will save yourself tons of time from trips to the fridge and pantry!
3) I love kitchen tools, and if you invest in some good ones they will save you time. My chopper is one of my favorite tools, because when I have to chop things small, it takes literally half the time doing it with my chopper. I love my non-stick pans and silicone utensils because when it comes time to doing dishes, I don’t have to let things soak, I can just wash them right away.
This recipe is not only delicious, but kids love to eat it. My girls had some friends over the other day, ages 3-5, and I told them we were having lettuce wraps. They all wanted one and ate the whole thing! They thought it was fun to wrap it up and it is like a burrito. It is also fun to plate one in a fun way like this lettuce wrap butterfly. You will want to add these lettuce wraps to your meal plan rotation, and you can change it up a bit every time you make it. I added red bell pepper, but you could add shredded carrots, or green onion, or green bell pepper. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces for a quick, fun and delicious dinner!
Quick and Crunchy Lettuce Wraps Recipe
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 2 can pre-diced water chestnuts
- 1/2 cup diced white mushrooms
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
- 3 tablespoon hoisin sauce
- 2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 3 tablespoon soy sauce, low sodium
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 heads butter head lettuce, rinsed
- Begin by dicing red bell pepper, mushrooms, and water chestnuts (unless you bought pre-diced). Set aside.
- Mince garlic, and then in a small bowl, whisk garlic, soy sauce, salt, and hoisin sauce. Set aside.
- Add sesame oil to a large skillet or wok set over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey and cook for 5 minutes, using a spatula to crumble the meat. Add the mushrooms, and red bell pepper and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the turkey is no longer pink and the mushrooms have begun to soften.
- Add the sauce mixture to the pan and stir to coat all ingredients. Cook for 3 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken slightly. Add water chestnuts, and give the whole pan one final stir. Remove from heat.
- To serve: Divide lettuce leaves among plates. Spoon a small amount of the filling into each lettuce leaf and fold to eat.
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what brand of pots do you recommend? I need some good ones.
Can I freeze the ground turkey mix?
I made this for dinner tonight. It was excellent!
I made these tonight and they were great!! I will definitely be making these again and again.
That sounds super relish! My 4 year old has yet to taste meat? She just won’t do it. However she does love butterflies and wrapping things so I’m gonna give it a go! Thanks:) BTW LOVE this blog! xo
I mean DEELISH:)
These look fabulous! I love the butterfly, too. My kids will be so excited.
Yes – it freezes great!
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This recipe is awesome! I never leave blog comments, but I had to come comment on this because my whole family loves this. I spend a lot of time preparing meals for my family since I try to keep things healthy, and I love when a healthy, EASY meal gets added to my recipe collection. Thank you! 🙂 As a side note, I do half of the amount of water chestnuts and that seems perfect for my family.
These were so easy and so good! Both my 2 and 5 yos ate them right up. When I make them now they get excited about eating their ” lettuce tacos” as they call them. I just sub other veggies in for the mushrooms and chestnuts if I don’t have those on hand and they don’t seem to notice. Thank you for a yummy and healthy recipe!
These are awesome! I’ve made them twice and my whole family loves them. They’re incredibly quick and versatile – I added in some extra veggies and cooked quinoa on the second attempt to made them less meat-heavy and they were just as delicious.
I love your blog! I’ve made a bunch of your recipes and they’ve all been successes with my kids, which is a HUGE accomplishment! Thank you!