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Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups

Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups are light and filling. I love the flavors especially the fresh ginger.

Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups are the perfect light summer meal. This recipe comes together really fast so if you have been on the go it is the perfect quick meal. I have also made this dish with ground chicken and it works really well. 

I like to add more spice with red pepper flakes. I first found this recipe in my Taste of Home Healthy Cooking 2014 Annual Recipes Cookbook.

Cost Per Serving $5.84 as of August 2022

If you have ZERO ingredients then this recipe will cost about $23.37.

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

  • Cost per serving reduces to $3.11.

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

Stove Top

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. Complete the prep from the prep tab above. 
  2. Cook rice to package directions for 2 cups of cooked rice. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Drain turkey if needed then add garlic and ginger for 1 minute. 
  5. Stir in soy sauce mixture and carrots with water chestnuts and cook for about 2 minutes. 
  6. Serve turkey mixture with rice in a lettuce leaf. Split portion amongst two lettuce leaf’s. Enjoy!

This recipe can also be found in Weekly Dinners for 4 under $100 – Menu 4

Side Options

Silky Edamame Soup

Side Salad

Vegetable such as green beans, peas, broccoli, etc. 

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