September 8

Spicy Lettuce Wraps

This is a great light lunch or supper.  My brother used to order lettuce wraps with his Chinese takeaway. That version was super spicy! Unbearably spicy to me so I began making my own. No mouth melting, tongue swelling fire in mine thankfully. I really don't know how he ate them.

One of my lovely clients was asking for quick meals, here's one for you. Other than giving the turkey time to marinate in the sauce, this was cooked in a very short period of time. Fifteen minutes approximately.

You can cook just the mince and keep it sealed in the fridge for 2-3 days, preparing just the vegetables when you're hungry. An even shorter preparation time!

I used this Julienne slicer to do the carrots.

Ingredients: Serves 3

  • 500g turkey mince
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce (use gluten free if necessary)
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp  olive or sesame oil
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
  • 4cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 red chilli, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
  • 4 scallions, cut into long strips
  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 2-3 baby cucumbers, sliced lengthways (Lidl)
  • 1 onion, cut into thin long strips
  • 12 large romaine lettuce leaves (four each)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

How To:

  1. Combine the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, oil, garlic, ginger and chilli together in a small bowl. Pour over the mince and mix together to marinate the turkey. Leave in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Chop your veggies and have ready to cook. Wash your lettuce leaves, pat dry and have ready on the plate.
  3. Heat 2 teaspoons coconut oil in a large pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add the marinated turkey and marinade and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often, until the turkey is beginning to brown. Stir in the sesame seeds.
  4. Add the carrots and stir fry until slightly softened. Add the onions, scallions and cucumber and stir fry for approximately one minute to heat through. I like to keep the veg crunchy.
  5. Spoon mince and vegetables onto the lettuce leaves and enjoy!

I hope you'll enjoy this recipe. Let me know how this turns out for you! Tag me in your pictures on Instagram@PilatesBarreDlk I'd love to see them!

Emma x 

Spicy Lettuce Wraps Recipe lowcarb

Meet Emma

Hi, I am Emma McAtasney, a NCEHS Personal Trainer since 2009. I earned my Pilates credentials through BASI Pilates, a highly respected college-level Pilates teacher training programme which aim is to create and maintain professional standards for the teaching of the Pilates Method to the highest calibre.

In addition, I am a prenatal and postnatal exercise specialist, nutritionist and founder of a boutique Pilates studio in Dundalk, Ireland.

I help my clients eat healthier, ditch fad diets and lose weight for good by guiding them to make small manageable changes that long term have a huge impact on their quality of life!

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