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Turkey Lettuce Cups

Turkey Lettuce Cups


Enjoy the delicious and healthy Turkey Lettuce Cups, which are made with lean minced turkey cooked with garlic and ginger and served in large lettuce leaves. This dish is a perfect combination of textures and flavours that will make your taste buds dance with joy. It's not only a treat for your taste buds but also a nutritious meal that can provide you with essential nutrients. The turkey is a great source of protein and B vitamins that can help you feel energetic and boost your overall health. The mix of vegetables in the dish adds a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are essential for your body's needs. So, indulge in this wholesome and fresh meal that's perfect for your health and taste buds!

Preparation and Cooking Time:

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Servings: 4


  • Easy/Intermediate

Ingredients with Measurements:

  • 400 g turkey breast mince (lean), raw
  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce, leaves separated into cups
  • 100 g carrot, grated
  • 150 g red capsicum, finely diced
  • 1 small red onion (approx. 70 g), finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic (approx. 9 g), minced
  • 100 g canned water chestnuts, drained and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon (10 mL) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon (approx. 5 g) ginger, grated
  • 80 mL Ayam Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce Light, for topping (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh coriander and lime wedges, for garnish

Preparation and Cooking Steps:

  1. Cook Turkey.  Heat the olive oil in a large pan on medium-high heat. Add the lean ground turkey to the pan. Cook, breaking it up with a spatula, until the turkey is thoroughly cooked through and no longer pink.
  2. Add Flavour and Crunch. Stir in the low-sodium soy sauce and optional hoisin sauce for added flavour. Add the thinly sliced water chestnuts to the turkey mixture, combining well. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 
  3. Prepare Lettuce Cups. While the turkey cooks, prepare your lettuce cups. Carefully separate the leaves of iceberg lettuce, wash them, and pat them dry. 
  4. Assemble Cups. Spoon the cooked turkey and water chestnut mixture into each lettuce leaf. Top with grated carrot and finely diced red capsicum. 
  5. Garnish and Serve. Drizzle with Ayam Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce Light if desired. Garnish each cup with fresh coriander and serve with a wedge of lime on the side.

Storage Instructions:

  • Store the cooked turkey mixture and lettuce leaves/toppings separately in airtight containers in the fridge. Best consumed within 3 days for optimal freshness.

Customise to Meet Your Nutritional Goals:

  • For higher carbs: Add in cooked basmati or brown rice.
  • For more protein: Increase the amount of turkey used or add beans.
  • For more / less fat: Add in or reduce the amount of olive oil added.

Nutritional Panel (per serving, estimated using NUTTAB standards):

  • Energy: 819 kJ (approx. 196 calories)
  • Protein: 26.2 g
  • Total Fat: 4.7 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbohydrate: 8.6 g
    • Sugars: 5.9 g
  • Dietary Fibre: 3.9 g
  • Sodium: 861 mg


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