Wednesday, March 24, 2010

let's get healthy! day 1...

Hey friends and followers! For the next 5 days I am going to post one "low-calorie" dinner recipe per day. [With summer coming up, we are getting serious about watching our waist lines...] Here are a few dishes I've tried and are hubby-approved. Who says eating right has to taste bad or leave you hungry? NO, it's just about the choices you make. Hopefully these recipes will help make it as easy for you as it did for me! :)

I'm starting day one with one of my very favorite foods: Lettuce Wraps!

The recipe is very loosely adapted from Eating Well's Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps recipe and has approximately 285 calories per serving. TIP: Prepare the filling ahead of time for a quick week-night dinner!

Turkey Lettuce Wraps

1/2 cup brown rice
2 T. sesame oil
1 lb. 93% lean ground turkey
1 T. minced fresh ginger
1/2 diced red bell pepper
1/2 diced green bell pepper
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
4 T. hoisin sauce
1 head Romaine lettuce [or any lettuce that is thick enough to hold the filling]
1 large carrot, shredded
handful fresh cilantro
salt & pepper to taste
Spices [I used]: rosemary, basil, thyme,oregano, and palm-full of Tony's

Cook rice and set aside.

Heat oil in large pan over medium-high heat. Add turkey and onion, and fresh ginger; cook, crumbling with wooden spoon until turkey is cooked through. Stir in cooked rice, bell pepper, broth, hoisin sauce, cilantro and spices. Cook until peppers have softened and the broth has been absorbed.

Serve by spooning portions of the turkey mixture onto lettuce leaves. Top with extra herbs [optional] and carrots. Roll into wraps and enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to try this! Lettuce Wraps rock! :)