“Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.” These wise words of Groucho Marx resonate as at 43 I begin thinking even more about the greying hair around my temples, my expanding waistline, and the extra lines on my neck that seem to evoke images (in my twisted and silly mind, of course) of an elephant’s foot than the graceful neckline of my twenties – and this is only the outer appearance. Don’t even get me started on my tush! Appearance aside, with age comes a responsibility to take better care of our minds and our bodies, so that we can live long enough to age with grace and good health.
In our household, frequent huge beef hamburgers, gooey and buttery scones, heaping plates of pasta, and cheesy burritos are rapidly becoming rare treats as turkey burgers, whole wheat toast, zucchini spirals, and lettuce wraps are creeping their way into our diet.
Thus we have my Sweet Thai Chili Turkey Lettuce Wraps — this tasty dish contains a very lean ground turkey, fresh chopped vegetables, water chestnuts, wraps of lettuce, and a sweet chili sauce that delighted both me and my sweetie last night.
This is a fairly quick and easy dish to make – about 15 minutes, it tastes wonderful, and is always a hit at our house.
- 1/2 pound ground turkey
- 1 dash salt/pepper
- 2 small squirts of Sriracha (or more, if desired)
- 1/2 large red bell pepper
- 1/4 medium onion
- 1/2 zucchini sliced lengthwise
- 1 can water chestnuts for texture
- 1 garlic clove
- Sweet Thai Chili Sauce (amount added by preference)
- Lettuce cups – butter lettuce is best, but iceberg or red leaf will do fine
- Start with browning the lean ground turkey over medium heat and sprinkling with salt and pepper. About a half-pound of ground turkey is perfect for two people. For an extra kick, I add a few squirts of Sriracha.
- While the ground turkey is browning, wash and prepare the vegetables – half of one red bell pepper, half a zucchini (sliced) and a 1/4 of one medium onion. Because I want my vegetables to be very fine, I used the food processor on the 1st setting.
- Next add the water chestnuts and a clove of garlic, and send the final ingredients on a final spin in the processor. Wheeeeee!!
- Once the vegetables are finely chopped, add them to pan of oil that has been pre-heated to medium-high.
- Gently stir for about a minute and then reduce heat to medium.
- Add the browned ground turkey to the pan, and stir a few times. Add a desired amount of Sweet Thai Chili Sauce. I have not found a recipe yet or created one on my own, so I buy one of my favorites at the grocery store – Sweet Thai Chili Sauce by Mae Ploy. I let the flavors meld for a few minutes.
- Remove from heat, and serve on lettuce leaves.
I hope you enjoy the meal! It’s simple and healthy and full of flavor! Enjoy!