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Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups

Such a cool idea for a light lunch or even an appetizer simply served in small lettuce leaves. When I want to make it easier for my kids to eat, I mix it all up with shredded lettuce and serve in a bowl. —Diana Rios, Lytle, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce, optional
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, shredded
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 8 Bibb or Boston lettuce leaves


  • In a small bowl, whisk soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and, if desired, chili sauce until blended. In a large skillet, cook turkey and celery 6-9 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink, breaking up turkey into crumbles; drain.
  • Add ginger and garlic to turkey; cook 2 minutes. Stir in soy sauce mixture, water chestnuts and carrot; cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in rice; heat through. Serve in lettuce leaves.
Nutrition Facts
2 filled lettuce cups: 353 calories, 13g fat (3g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 589mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • Jeannie
    Sep 17, 2019

    Delicious. Made a few adjustments to suit my taste (little extra sugar and soy) but it was still low calorie. I will DEFINITELY make this again. However both my boyfriend and I felt that it wasn't filling enough. Only and hour or so after eating we were both starving. We'll make this again but only as an appetizer.

  • Cynthia
    Mar 9, 2019

    Tasty, lean recipe. I changed one thing, I added 1/2 bell pepper chopped with the carrots. Fantastic meal. I will definitely make these again.

  • xlsalbums
    Apr 4, 2016

    Yummm! Good and easy to prepare! We will do this one again!

  • Zana87
    Feb 21, 2015

    We eat this without the lettuce and like it just fine. Really good!

  • girliesmom
    Sep 22, 2013

    Delicious, and an instant favorite. I use bagged, shredded carrot and instant rice to speed things up. I served as a salad over lettuce with fresh lime for squeezing over the top.

  • 3152004703
    Jul 2, 2013

    This came out amazing! I used thai peanut sauce instead of chili sauce. Everyone in the family ate this which is a miracle.