This recipe was insanely difficult to make. Not because it is time consuming; it’s not. It isn’t because the ingredients are obscure; they aren’t. It was because I’m cooking in the Papavore’s kitchen and he does not have a citrus zester.
And the inclusion of lemon zest in this recipe was the reason I singled this recipe out when I was looking through recipes for Asian lettuce wraps. So, as long as you have a zester, this recipe is quick and easy for a weeknight. Otherwise, you’ll be like me, using a paring knife to carefully remove the zest and not the pith from the lemon, and chopping it to oblivion so that it achieves a zest-like character.
The lemon zest added the most wonderful dimension to this recipe. And before you ask, let me just make this clear: I’ve never eaten at PF Chang’s so I have no idea if this recipe is similar to that one. But it is so darned good that it doesn’t matter if it is a knock-off recipe for PF Chang’s or not.
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Asian Lettuce Wraps (2 servings, inspired by Our Best Bites)
1/2 lb ground turkey, 93% lean
1 zucchini, diced
2 scallions, slices
1 8 oz can water chestnuts, chopped
1 lemon, zested and juiced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp freshly minced ginger
2 T soy sauce
3 T chopped cilantro
1 tsp sesame oil
In a nonstick pan, cook ground turkey and zucchini. Add water chesnuts, lemon zest, juice, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger. Lightly cook, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and fold in cilantro and scallions. Divide mixture among 6 iceberg lettuce leaves and top with sesame seeds. Serve warm.
2 servings, per serving
Total Fat 10.3 g
Protein 23.2 g