Quick & Easy Thai Turkey Larb Lettuce Wraps

turkey larb lettuce wraps

A few years ago, a friend of mine made some amazing turkey larb lettuce wraps for us when she had us over for dinner. I became obsessed with them since then. She could not remember the exact recipe that she used, so I started a process of trial and error to find my own perfect blend of ingredients. All of the experiments came out good, but I think my final mix comes out amazing. This has turned into a part of the regular dinner lineup in our house.

1 bag of Trader Joe’s frozen Confetti Rice
Romaine lettuce
1 package ground turkey
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 small red dried chili peppers, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped lemongrass (using only the white part)
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Juice from 3 limes
1/4 Thai fish sauce
A few sprigs of fresh cilantro for garnish

1. Put coconut oil in wok and add in ground turkey. Cook on medium heat, stirring the turkey periodically until the turkey is about 75% cooked.
2. Add in the garlic, chili peppers & lemongrass. Continue to cook while stirring regularly until the turkey is completely cooked and the garlic is softened and slightly opaque.
3. Heat up rice in microwave for 3 minutes.
4. Pour lime juice & fish sauce in large serving bowl.
5. Once turkey is finished cooking, add it into the serving bowl with the liquid mixture, and mix well to blend.
6. Add in Confetti Rice, and mix well.
7. Add a bit of chopped fresh cilantro to garnish.
8. Scoop mixture into individual pieces of lettuce to form lettuce wraps.

So easy, tasty & healthy! It usually takes me 15 minutes or less to make the whole thing!

Turkey & Saffron Rice Dinner

I decided to try something a little different last night for dinner!  Another fun experiment. 🙂  I was really in the mood for some saffron rice, and did not believe all the recipes I saw online that it gets its yellow color from yellow food dye.  It took some time (and a lot of stirring) to get the saffron to give the rice the nice golden yellow color, but it was definitely worth the wait.  I also added a little butter and a pinch of salt to the jasmine rice that I started with, and finished by adding in a little fresh chopped parsley.

The turkey mixture was a fun experiment that turned out amazing.  I started with a little peanut oil in the bottom of the pan, and added in ground turkey, and chopped tomatoes and onions.  I mixed all my seasoning together in my mortar and pestle to grind up before adding.  I used 1/4 tsp of each:  mustard seed, cumin seed, caraway, coriander, thyme, savory, ground white pepper, black pepper, and salt.  I also added an 1/8 tsp of cinnamon and chili powder.  This is definitely an experiment that I will be making again in the future!

Turkey & Saffron Rice DInner Recipe