These easy Mexican turkey lettuce wraps are simply one of the easiest dinner ideas. I love the lettuce cups for quite a few reasons. Of course they have are a pretty healthy alternative to corn or flour tortillas, since they are lettuce, and they're clearly gluten-free which is very important around here. But I really love these Mexican turkey lettuce wraps because they are an interactive food. these Mexican turkey lettuce wraps are gluten free, low fat, super filling and could not be easier to make!
Interactive food, what does that mean? Well, this is the kind of dinner where everyone at the dinner table is going to be actively participating in the food! Piling toppings, cheese and salsa high on the lettuce leaves! Even picking out the best leaves for this is a fun activity for the entire table.
This kind of meal reminds me of taco night at my house when I was little. I remember packing my taco so full that by the first bite and everything was already all over the place. These are kind of the same way. We found that if you make these one at a time, they are easier to hold in your hand from assembly your mouth. Otherwise you risk them tipping over, which I guess isn't terrible unless you are trying to get pictures :)
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Can I tell you a secret… this is really just taco salad dressed up, but you already figured that out right? This recipe uses up all of our summer bounty of zucchini and summer squash. I've been working really hard trying to find new ways to incorporate fresh veggies into meals like this. When I make tacos for Dave, it's traditionally just meat,cheese and maybe some tomato and avocado. Adding this summer squash and zucchini make this recipe much more filling and allow the turkey meat to go much further. The added squash makes this a very budget friendly meal as well.
Instead of traditional taco mix, we just use cumin and chili powder. The mixes that you can buy at the store often laden with salt and unnecessary ingredients including MSG and preservatives. And really, that is just not good eats. So I encourage you to buy some key spices and find what works for you and your family. I like to add garlic powder and onion powder but Dave doesn't tolerate these spices well. You could also add cayenne pepper. But this blend is smokey and has that undertone of chili powder which I always look for in tacos.
I made a copycat recipe with lentils to test flavors and so Dave and I could eat dinner together. It doesn't have to be a huge deal if one person eats meat and the other doesn't. The flavors are often the same because of the spices used. Both ground turkey and lentils are incredibly easy to make.
Mexican Turkey Lettuce Wraps
- In a medium sized pot, add 1/2 cup rice and 1 cup of water or vegetable stock, bring to a boil, and reduce down to medium low heat. Cook 30 minutes total.
- While rice is cooking, chop the zucchini and summer squash into cubes. in a large saute pan, add nonstick spray or coconut oil and saute the veggies 6-10 minutes until tender but not mushy. Add 1 tsp. ground cumin and stir. Remove from pan and place in a bowl..
- In the same pan, add ground turkey and cook over medium heat until all the pink is gone. Add 1 tsp. cumin and 2 tsp. chili powder. Add 1-2 tbs. water and stir to incorporate spices. Cook brown jasmine rice
- Chop tomato, avocado, or any other garnishes you prefer. Shred the cheese if needed.
- Separate the leaves of the romaine lettuce. and place in colander to wash. Set to the side.
- Once rice is done, its time to assemble.
- Add a layer of rice to the romaine lettuce leaf. Top with ground turkey and squash mixture. Add salsa, cheese and other toppings.
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What about you?
- Do you have a family taco night?
- Have you tried lettuce wraps before?
- What is your favorite way to make a meal more affordable?