Chinese Anyone?

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One of my favorite summer meals is lettuce wraps. Not only can you keep them healthy, but they are delicious and great cold or hot.

Here’s one of my family’s favorites.

 

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Five-Spice Turkey and Lettuce Wraps

Based on a popular Chinese dish, these fun wraps also make appealing appetizers for entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with chile-garlic sauce and rice vinegar for extra zip; toss diced mango and strawberries with lime juice for a quick dessert.

Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup(s) water
    • 1/2 cup(s) long cooking brown rice
    • 2 teaspoon(s) sesame oil
    • 1 pound(s) 93%-lean ground turkey
    • 1 tablespoon(s) minced fresh ginger
    • 1 large red bell pepper, finely diced
    • 1 cup(s) water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
    • 1/2 cup(s) reduced-sodium chicken broth
    • 2 tablespoon(s) hoisin sauce
    • 1 drop ginger essential oil, clove essential oil, cinnamon essential oil, black pepper essential oil, and fennel essential oil OR 1 tsp five-spice powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon(s) sea salt
    • 2 head(s) Boston lettuce, leaves separated
    • 1/2 cup(s) chopped fresh cilantro, basil, mint and chives

1 small red cabbage, shredded

Directions

1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add rice; reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.

2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add turkey and ginger; cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until the turkey is cooked through, about 6 minutes. Stir in the cooked rice, bell pepper, water chestnuts, broth, hoisin sauce, oils and salt; cook until heated through, about 1 minute.

3. To serve, spoon portions of the turkey mixture into lettuce leaves, top with herbs and cabbage and roll into wraps.

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About leisatwatkins

In May 2011, I hit an all time low in my life and an all time high in my weight. I was 199 pounds and the idea of hitting 200 scared me. I had tried every known diet, HCG, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, the grapefruit diet. I'd even tried Phen-phen when I was younger and Dexatrim before that. While I'd lose a little weight, I would always gain it back and then more. I knew the yo-yo dieting was not healthy for my body and it was definitely wreaking havoc on my mental wellness. I didn't know what to do and I was looking into taking drastic surgical measures to lose weight. That's when a friend of mine told me his story about losing over 200 pounds without pills, surgery, or starving himself. Not only did he lose the weight, but he kept it off. What did I have to lose? I asked him to share the secret with me. Now, only six short months later, I weigh 140 lbs and am working on losing 5 more. That will put me back to my weight that I was in HS, college, and before I had children. And I've done it with my friend's help as my Health Coach, without starving or even exercising, although I love to walk everyday. I haven't felt hungry at all in this process. How many "diets" can say that? I feel fantastic! I've felt great since the first week on this program. Let me be very clear about this. This is NOT a diet. This is not something you do for a little while, lose the weight, then go back to your old eating habits. This program is a life changing plan to help you eat healthier, make food choices that are tailored to your body, and bring you to a state of optimal physical health. If like me, you are tired of diets that don't work, then let me show you a life style plan that does.

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