Sunday, November 11, 2012

Paleo Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

You could make these easy Asian lettuce wraps with any protein, and further customize them based on how spicy you go with the dipping sauce. My kids ate these without the extra sauce and found them plenty flavorful... that just meant I got to use a freer hand with the chile garlic sauce and mustard for mine!

Ginger & Cashew Turkey Lettuce Wraps

stir-fry sauce:
3 minced garlic cloves
thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled & minced
1/3 cup olive or melted coconut oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup coconut aminos
2 tbs. raw honey
1 tsp. sesame oil
ground black pepper, to taste

2 lbs. ground turkey
1 can of diced water chestnuts
large handful finely chopped mushroom
2 carrots, grated
1/3 cup raw cashews, chopped
3 minced green onions
romaine lettuce leaves
minced cilantro, for garnish

dipping sauce:
2 tsp. palm sugar
1/2 cup water
3 tbs. coconut aminos
1 tbs. rice vinegar
2 tbs. chopped green onion
1/4 tsp. dried mustard or hot mustard paste
chile garlic sauce, to taste (optional)

In a small bowl combine the minced ginger, garlic, rice vinegar, aminos, oil, honey, sesame oil and red pepper flakes. Whisk well, until all ingredients are combined.

Drizzle a little olive oil in a large pan and heat up over medium. Once hot add in the ground turkey and cook until done. Add in the carrot, water chestnuts, cashews and green onion, cook for 5-8 minutes. Pour in the sauce and stir to combine.

Allow to begin to bubble, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.

While the meat mixture is cooking, combine the ingredients for the dipping sauce and set aside.

To serve, spoon filling into romaine leaves, topping with a drizzle of dipping sauce and some minced cilantro, if desired.


  1. What would be a good replacement for sesame oil and the cashews? My husband is allergic to both, but I really like the looks of this recipe and don't want to change it! Thanks~

    1. I think you could easily omit both. If you find the meat needs a little more flavor, you could add a little red pepper flakes. Can he do any nuts? I think pine nuts would taste great, but if all nuts are an issue you can just skip them.