Yesterday, my trainer presented the challenge of going on a Paleolithic diet to me which is eating like they did in caveman or hunting and gathering times. At first I did not think it would be that difficult as you can eat fish, meat, veggies, fruit, and nuts, but then I realized you cannot have grains, legumes, dairy, salt, refined sugar, or processed oils. Huh??? No cheese or yogurt? No farro or quinoa? No beans? No bueno! Those are the foods that help me feel satisfied while doing this calorie counting thing. You know I love a good challenge and with the wedding 5 weeks away, I think I will try and meet her halfway and attempt to live by the Paleo rules at least during the week. I mean, I am paying a lot of money to have a wedding dress custom made to fit my body, so my body better look damn good in it, right?
After each work out, I am more and more encouraged to put healthier things in my mouth. So after I left my trainers house, I stopped by the market and tried to come up with something special to make Mike and I for din. I mean, the poor guy has to be so tired of salad and grilled chicken. That is why I love my man… he is such a trooper! I did my best to follow the Paleolithic diet rules. I broke a couple of them, but a gal has to start somewhere, right? This recipe is super easy and for having such simple ingredients and for being low cal, it was really flavorful. I think Mike had 4 wraps! You could also use ground chicken instead of turkey and this would also be really good to add some rice to if you want something a bit more filling or if you wanted to stretch it out to feed more people. We will be making this again, for sure. Caveman diet, here I come!
Spicy Turkey Lettuce Wraps:
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large red bell pepper, finely diced
- 1 8-ounce can water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
- 1/2 cup low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
- 2 tablespoons hoisin
- 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 2 heads green leaf lettuce, leaves rinsed and separated
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as cilantro, basil, and mint
- 1 large carrot, shredded
- Sriracha and extra hoisin for serving
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey, garlic, and ginger. Cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until the turkey is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the bell pepper, water chestnuts, broth, hoisin, five-spice, salt and pepper; cook until heated through and liquid reduces a bit.
To serve, divide lettuce leaves among plates, spoon some of the turkey mixture into each leaf, top with herbs, hoisin, Sriracha, and carrot. Roll into wraps. You can also prepare the turkey mixture the day before. This would be a really easy and satisfying lunch to pack! Note to self…