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Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups

These lettuce cups are light and filling.

I love to pair these lettuce cups with soup. I also like to add more spice with red pepper flakes. I first found this recipe in my Taste of Home Cookbook but you can also find it online.

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If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $23.37 as of August 2022.

  • If you have a stocked pantry this recipe will cost about $12.42.

I am assuming you have salt and pepper and do not add it into the recipe total cost.

Recipe serves: 4

Serving size: 1/2 cup cooked rice and 1/4 of turkey mixture. 

Equipment needed: Frying Pan, Rice Cooker or Pot to cook rice

Total time: 30 minutes


Let's grocery shop!

I am assuming you have salt and pepper. It is not included in pantry and spices.

There is a savings of about $10.95 if you have a stocked pantry.

Pantry & Spices

Total: $10.95 as of August 2022

  • red pepper flakes $1.34
  • soy sauce $1.58
  • sugar $2.84
  • sesame oil $3.22
  • thai chili sauce $1.97


Total: $12.42 as of August 2022

  • 1 pound ground turkey $4.16
  • 1 garlic bulb $0.54
  • 1 celery stalk $2.36
  • 1 fresh gingerroot $0.90
  • 1 can sliced water chestnuts $1.08
  • 1 pound carrots $0.98
  • 1 bag brown rice $0.78
  • 1 head of lettuce $1.62

Let's prep!

Let's cook!

  1. Cook rice to package directions for 2 cups of cooked rice. 
  2. Season the turkey on each side with a sprinkle of salt and pepper then sauté turkey and celery breaking the turkey into small pieces until turkey is cooked. 
  3. Drain turkey if needed then add garlic and ginger for 1 minute. 
  4. Stir in soy sauce mixture and carrots with water chestnuts and cook for about 2 minutes. 
  5. Serve turkey mixture with rice in a lettuce leaf. Split portion amongst two lettuce leaf’s. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Menu 4 – Family of 4

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