Saturday, November 23, 2013

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

If you are looking to use up some of that leftover turkey or just want a healthy lighter taco, this is a great recipe which I adapted from Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes.  You can either use left over cooked turkey or fresh ground turkey.  And after spending lots of time in the kitchen preparing a holiday meal, a quick and easy recipe to use up some of the leftovers is a welcome change.  Because the flavors are Mexican it will taste like a completely fresh meal.


Ingredients
1 lb shredded cooked or fresh ground turkey
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 small onion, chopped
1 small pepper (spicy, mild or bell pepper of your choice)
• 1 clove garlic, chopped (optional)
1 package taco seasoning*
1 small tomato, seeded and chopped
3/4 cup water
Iceberg lettuce

* If you would prefer to make your own taco seasoning just mix together the following ingredients.  It will be more healthy and taste just as good.  Mix together the following and use instead of the package taco seasoning noted above.
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp oregano



Toppings and Sides (optional)
Shredded cheese
Sour cream
Taco sauce
Tomatoes, chopped
Spanish rice
Roasted corn

We enjoy the above toppings with our turkey lettuce wraps, but certainly any ingredients of your choosing will work just fine.  I typically make a box mix of Spanish Rice and to that I add two ears of roasted sweet corn or previously cooked corn.  While these can be served as a side dish, we enjoy the rice/corn mixture inside the taco wrap along with the traditional fillings.

Spanish Rice with Roasted Sweet Corn
Directions: Using Leftover Cooked Turkey
Select the small pieces of light and dark turkey meat and using two forks shred them until you have approximately one pound of shredded cooked turkey.  Set aside.  Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking.  Add the onion, pepper and optional garlic and saut√© until tender, about 3-5 minutes.   Add the turkey and chopped tomato to the skillet and stir in until heated through (another minute or two).  Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the turkey and stir until combined. Add the water and bring it to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes until the water is reduced and nearly gone, stirring occasionally.

Directions: Using Fresh Ground Turkey
Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking.  Brown the turkey until it is no longer pink.  Add the onion, pepper and optional garlic and saut√© with the meat until tender, about 3-5 minutes.   Add the chopped tomato to the skillet and stir in until heated through (another minute or two).  Sprinkle the taco seasoning over the turkey and stir until combined. Add the water and bring it to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes until the water is reduced and nearly gone, stirring occasionally.

Lettuce Wraps
Cut a head of iceberg lettuce in half and remove the core.  Carefully peel off about 8 outer leaves.  Wash and dry the lettuce. Place meat in the center of leaf and top with ingredients of your choice as noted above.


No comments:

Post a Comment