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Better than Restaurant Lettuce Wraps

Alright, whether this recipe is better than the lettuce wraps you order at your favorite restaurant is completely subjective, but my dinner guests have never complained or given their dinner away to my dog.

This dish is great alone or with cooked rice.


  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil

  • Half of an onion chopped up (pick a color, any color). I prefer white or yellow.

  • 1-2 cloves of garlic minced

  • 1 lb of ground turkey (you can use beef, pork or chicken too)

  • 1 tbsp white vinegar

  • 2 tbsps soy sauce (low sodium or regular)

  • .5 tbsp chili sauce or sriracha (optional- avoid if spicy food makes you cry)

  • A thumb of ginger (look at your find ginger that size in the produce section)

  • Hoisin sauce (oyster sauce would work too) -Can be found in the Asian aisle in your grocery store

  • Head of lettuce (any kind will do, but iceberg (void of any nutritional value) or butter lettuce (fancy in a plastic container) seem to work best

  • Optional: chopped peanuts (Avoid if you're allergic. Don't avoid if you're allergic but don't want to go to work tomorrow.)

  • Optional: green onions (a couple diced)

  • Optional: dry chow mein noodles


1. Find a skillet big enough for all of the ingredients you have on the counter.

2. Heat oil in skillet on medium-low.

3. Recruit someone else to cut your onion and mince (chop finely) your garlic. Add to skillet.

4. Saute onions and garlic in oil until they turn translucent. Think shiny like your face after a nice walk on a 100 degree day.

5. While the onions and garlic are cooking, peel the ginger with a knife or peeler and grate on the finest setting. This is going to use some arm strength, so I hope you've been doing my workouts. 

6. Add ground meat. Season with salt and pepper to taste (your taste, not mine).Mix all ingredients until the meat is cooked.

7. Once the meat is cooked, carefully drain some of the liquid from the skillet.

8. Add the ginger, vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, and hoisin sauce and stir.

9. Cook on low for about 10 minutes.

10. Scoop mixture into lettuce and top with green onion, nuts, or dried noodles.

11. Enjoy!


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