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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

{Honey Soy Turkey Lettuce Wraps}

Friends, it had been way to long since I had been creative in the kitchen... let alone cooked an entire meal.  I have to say that I missed cooking, and coming up with recipes for the blog!  Cooking is my creative outlet, and my way to relax at the end of a long day.  Yes, cooking can be messy and I usually have to wash a million dishes after, but there is just something about creating a beautiful meal from start to finish that just de-stresses me!  

Does that sound a little crazy?  I know I am odd!  Anyways, it felt good to be back in the kitchen creating a meal.   I felt like I was getting back to my normal nightly routine.  I can honestly say that I have felt a bit off since moving, traveling and starting a new role.  But, I think I am settling into the changes, and excited for whats to come from the many changes.  

 Now, lets begin talking about these delicious Turkey Lettuce Wraps!  These lettuce wraps are the bomb!  I made them for my sister and I last night and they got some pretty rave reviews!  She called them blog worthy, and delicious!  Win for me!  And yes,  I have been drooling over these images the entire time I write this post!  Just incase you were wonder!  Anyways back to the lettuce wraps.   You must make them as soon as possible!  They are full of flavor and just the slightest bit spicy.  I seasoned the ground turkey with cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes and ginger!  Then once the turkey has been partially cooked I drizzle the meat and veggies in a delicious honey sesame soy sauce!  Make these for dinner, a simple app, or a side.  They are delicious and won't disappoint you! 

Honey Soy Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Brunch N'Cupcakes 
Serves 2-4 

1 Lb Lean Ground Turkey 
1/2 Medium Red Pepper Chopped 
1 Medium Onion Roughly Chopped 
2 Garlic Cloves Minced 
1 Large Handful Fresh Cilantro 
1 Head Iceberg Lettuce
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder 
1 Teaspoon Cumin 
1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper 
2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger 
1/2 Teaspoon Onion Salt 
Cooking Spray 

Honey Soy Sauce: 
2 Tablespoons Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce 
2 Teaspoons Honey 
1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil 

1- In a medium skillet coated with cooking spray suatee onions until translucent.  Add garlic and cook until fragrent.  Next add in red pepper and cook 3 minutes until tender. 
2- Add ground turkey to skillet.  Use a spatula to break the turkey into chunks.  Season meat with chili powder through onion salt.  
3- While meat is cooking whisk together soy sauce, honey and sesame oil in a small bowl.  Once meat is partially cooked drizzle soy sauce mixture over meat and continue to cook meat until fully cooked. 
4- Once meat is cooked through stir in handful of cilantro and serve. 

**To serve scoop turkey mixture into lettuce leaves and wrap burrito style.  You can serve the lettuce wraps with additional soy sauce, sriracha or any other dipping sauce of choice!