I love Asian food because I love the mixture of salty and sweet together. But I find after eating it, I blow up and retain water due to all the salt, sugar, and sauces, and I end up all wired with a huge headache due to the MSG. Most restaurants, even though they may claim not to use MSG, still use some variation of a preservative or flavor enhancer in their food.
If you love Asian flavors, but are craving a cleaner version, here is a recipe that will satisfy the salty and the sweet without the water retention and headaches. I use lean ground turkey, which is low in fat, and I use chili flakes, onion, garlic, and ginger to give it that flavor boost without needing to add a lot of salty sauces.
Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups
If you love Asian flavors, but are craving a cleaner version, here is a recipe that will satisfy the salty and the sweet without the water retention and headaches.
Turkey Lettuce Cups:
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1 cup onion finely chopped
- 1 green onion finely chopped
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 1 tsp ginger finely chopped
- 1 cup carrot grated
- 1 cup red bell pepper capsicum, finely chopped
- 1 cup mushrooms finely chopped
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce see below for recipe
- 1/4 cup tamari traditionally fermented
- 1/2 tsp chili flakes optional
- Coconut oil for cooking
- 1 head iceberg lettuce leaves separated, whole and washed
- 4 Tbsp tamari
- 2 Tbsp nut butter of your choice
- 2 tsps white vinegar
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp sesame seed oil
- 20 drops hot sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Coat a pan with coconut oil and add onions, garlic, and ginger. Cook until softened.
Add turkey and stir until lightly cooked through.
Add mushrooms, bell peppers, and carrots. Cook until vegetables are softened a little but still remain crisp.
Add hoisin sauce, tamari, and chili flakes (optional).
Finding hoisin sauce without junk and sugar in it can be difficult, but it’s easy to make your own. Just whisk together the ingredients listed above.
Stir all ingredients together for another minute.
Spoon turkey mixture into lettuce cups and garnish with green onion.