There’s nothing that slaps you in the face quite like realizing you have to be in a bathing suit in a week. Especially since your brain told you it was hibernation time and eating Chipotle burrito bowls twice a week was a good idea.
I’m going on a business trip to Punta Cana (Business trip or adult play group? One may never know.) in a little over a week and I’ve been less than stellar in the food department recently. Last year was the first time I was approaching the holidays both dairy and gluten-free and I actually was PSYCHED. I made Against All Grain’s amazing Paleo Pumpkin Pie, I was eating garlicky sauteed kale and roasted butternut squash like it was my job. But this year? I’m struggling to stay motivated and stick to the healthy stuff.
So, that Victoria Secret bathing suit called and told me to make a big batch of these Indian-Spiced Turkey Lettuce Wraps for my short work week before Thanksgiving. It was my first time experimenting with this combination of spices but almost every spice was identified in the boyfriend taste-test, which is a win for me!
Indian-Spiced Turkey Lettuce Wraps
1 lb lean ground turkey
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp curry powder
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Romaine or butter lettuce leaves
1. Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add in the diced pepper and saute until soft, about 4 minutes. Add in the shallot and garlic and cook another 2 minutes.
2. Increase the heat to medium-high and add in the ground turkey. As it cooks, break it down with a spoon so that the meat is in very small pieces. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Just when no pink is left in the meat, turn the heat to medium-low and add in the red pepper flakes, cumin, curry, paprika and nutmeg. Stir to incorporate the spices.
4. Finish with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately in the lettuce cups of your choosing!
**On the Go Tip: Portion out the meat you’ll eat for lunch in a microwaveable container and pack the appropriate amount of lettuce wraps in a plastic sandwich baggie. You’ll be the center of everyone’s office lunch envy.