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Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

From: EatingWell

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.

Servings: 4 servings, 1 1/4 cups filling each
Prep: 30 mins
Total: 30 mins
Rated : 
 by 4 people
1/2 cup  water
1/2 cup  instant brown rice
2 teaspoons  sesame oil
1 pound  93%-lean ground turkey
1 tablespoon  minced fresh ginger
1   large red bell pepper, finely diced
1 8-ounce can  water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
1/2 cup  reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons  hoisin sauce, (see Note)
1 teaspoon  five-spice powder, (see Note)
1/2 teaspoon  salt
2 heads  Boston lettuce, leaves separated
1/2 cup  chopped fresh herbs, such as cilantro, basil, mint and/or chives
1   large carrot, shredded
1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add rice; reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 5 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, five-spice powder 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 carrot and roll into wraps.
Notes: Hoisin sauce is a spicy, sweet sauce made from soybeans, chiles, garlic and spices. It will keep in the refrigerator for at least a year.
Often a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns, five-spice powder was originally considered a cure-all miracle blend encompassing the five elements (sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, salty). Look for it in the supermarket spice section.
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Prepare the filling (through Step 2), cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Serve cold or reheat in the microwave.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 285, Total Fat 11 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Monounsaturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 66 mg, Sodium 543 mg, Carbohydrate 24 g, Fiber 5 g, Protein 26 g, Potassium 390 mg. Daily Values: Vitamin A 150%, Vitamin C 140%, Iron 25%. Exchanges: Starch 0.5, Vegetable 2, Lean Meat 3.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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archtec02 wrote:

We loved it, it was simple to make, and had great flavor. I originally looked at it for Super Bowl Food, but instead had it for a dinner. A great low calorie meal!

2/6/2011 01:31:04 PM Report Abuse
judithlovell42 wrote:

I would use cabbage leaves and steam

2/3/2011 12:21:46 PM Report Abuse

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