March 04, 2011

Asian Lettuce Cups with Spicy Ground Turkey

Trying to fix a meal without carbs can be really complicated.  Complicated because some people think you have to have noodles and such with this type of meat mixture.  Hmmm, I wonder who that can be?  If you think Grumpy, your not totally wrong.....but me?  Yeah, I want my noodles!  I became really addicted to them when I made Jaden's Crack Noodles.  I think about those things a lot!
Alas, we are only on day 4 and we cannot have such luxuries as noodles at this point of the South Beach Diet.    I saw a recipe in the SBD Cookbook that was for Asian Cups and thought I needed to make something like that myself.  I didn't follow that recipe, I just went with what I like and it was yummy :o)  There was no meat mixture left after dinner so Grumpy had to of liked it too.....although he was disappointed we had no noodles to eat with the meat either.  ha.

Me, I picked them up wrapped delicately in the buttercup lettuce cups and ate like a dainty lady.  Grumpy?  He lined a big old bowl with lettuce and put the remainder of the meat in side the bowl and ate his with a fork like a man.  lol.  Either way, it is yummy.

Great recipe to have on hand when you really want something Asian and are eating low carb.  Can you believe this is the first time I have ever done this??!!  I've wrapped turkey and cheese in lettuce before when doing SBD but never ground meat.  Would I do it again?  Sure would.  Would I do it when I was allowed to eat noodles?  Sure would.  But I must admit, I still love my noodles.

Asian Lettuce Cups with Spicy Ground Turkey
HoneyB style

1 lb package ground turkey breast (such as Butterball)
1 tablespoon peanut oil
3/4 cup diced red bell pepper
3 tablespoons tamari sauce
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon black bean chili sauce (this has some heat so if you don't want spicy, adjust to your taste)
2 packets splenda (feel free to use brown sugar if you are counting your carbs.  I would!)

Brown meat on medium heat in peanut oil.  Add red peppers and continue to cook about 7 minutes more.

Mix tamari sauce, rice vinegar, black bean chili sauce, and splenda together.  Pour over meat mixture.  Turn heat to high and toss meat and sauce until well coated and sizzling.  Serve in lettuce cups.


  1. One of my favourite restaurants makes this dish as an appetizer, they use chow mein noodles as a topping.

  2. I would have missed the noodles too. ;) This looks so tasty though.

  3. mmmmm.... that looks yummy for any lifestyle!

  4. yeah but the energy you gain back from not eating carbs is amazing isn't it?
    carbs and sugar kill me.
    this looks amazing Shel!

  5. I love lettuce wraps - they look fantastic Shelby!

  6. this looks so wonderful! and i love how healthy it is!

  7. this looks delicious...
    I love lettuce wraps and now I have a good looking recipe to try, thanks for sharing!
    (ate it with a fork like a man) that's funny! I don't know if my husband will even try this dish...yes i do know...he won't!

  8. That looks so tasty Shelby! Good luck on the weight loss!

  9. This looks delicious Shelby! Good luck on the weight loss!!

  10. This looks wonderful. I can't wait to try it!

  11. I love PF Changs lettuce wraps. I'm sure I'd love your version. Good luck with the South Beach diet.

  12. lovely! looks like a healthy, filling meal! Buttercreambarbie

  13. Your lettuce wraps make me drool! Ahh yes the South Beach Diet. I was a bitch for the 1st week on it!!!!

  14. This is so appealing to me! I'm going to have to make something like this soon... of course, at least one of my "men" will require noodles of some sort... but, that's ok I just won't make as much!

  15. I love these kind of lettuce wraps. Looks so good. I keep wanting to make something like this.

  16. The dish looks amazing and does not need noodles at all. In a few days you will forget about noodles all together, especially if you keep cooking like this.

    1. I love these types of food, It's very refreshing and delicious at the same time. Thanks.


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