Love for Lettuce

Because I promised – here’s the food I’ve eaten since my post on Tuesday!

Dinner Monday night: “Oriental Express Turkey Lettuce Wraps”!  The recipe actually calls for beef, but we wanted to keep it a little leaner.  My sweet friend Metta asked for the recipe, so here it is!


1 and 1/2 pounds of ground turkey
1/2 cup hoisin sauce
1/2 cup Asian peanut sauce
1 medium cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup torn fresh mint leaves
salt and pepper
cooking spray
12 large lettuce leaves (about 2 heads)

  1. Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray.  Brown ground turkey skillet over medium heat, 8 to 10 minutes, or until turkey is not pink, breaking up into small crumbles.  Drain the liquid if you would like, but leaving it makes it juicier.  Stir in hoisin sauce and peanut sauce: heat through.
  2. Just before serving, add cucumber, carrots, and torn mint leaves: toss gently. Season with salt and pepper.  Serve turkey mixture in lettuce leaves.  Bring lots of napkins because it’s a little messy.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS.  Per serving: 320 calories; 38 g protein; 26 g carbohydrate; 9 g fat (small disclaimer – these numbers are a guess, because we used turkey instead of beef)

It is one of the easiest things we’ve ever made, and it’s positively yummy.  The mint added incredible depth of flavor.  (Ohhhhh yeah – I’ve been watching waayyy too much “Chopped” lately.)  This just strengthens my new-found love for lettuce.  (Jimmy John’s makes a mean “unwich” with lettuce instead of bread.  It’s delicious!)

Yesterday’s food involved a little less cooking, but I still tracked everything.

  • Breakfast: Fiber One Shredded Wheat with almond milk and raspberries
  • Lunch: Chipotle Burrito Bowl – brown rice, chicken, veggies, salsa, guac, & lettuce
  • Snack: fruit cup and pop chips (snack of friggin’ CHAMPIONS up in here)
  • Dinner: Papa John’s thin crust pizza.  Yep.  4 slices.  Because we’re doing full honesty here.

We went to the gym last night, and I did TWO Nike Training Club workouts.  I hurt juuuuust a bit this morning.  Started the day with a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon and apples:

Doesn’t that look delicious?  (It was.)

So now you’re caught up.  Thanks for reading all about my boring food habits this week. It’s really helping me stay on track!


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