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Asian Spice Paleo Turkey Lettuce Cups


The challenge we face around these parts is coming up with dinner ideas that the whole family (read: our 15-month-old son) will also be able to eat and will love. Ever since he started eating solids, we've aimed to have dinner as a family, all of us eating together at the table. I've heard a lot of "you'll see" when I was pregnant, as well as now with a baby – but so far, our strict rules around eating the same food at the same time is producing some pretty stellar eating habits in our son. We have yet to have a total refusal of something without trying it, and when he doesn't love something, I accept that and just give him more of everything else. There is no negotiating and that works.

I felt these Turkey Lettuce Cups would be a sure winner for him. They also check all the boxes for our objectives in feeding our son a diversity of food and flavours. I love that this is a one-pot meal where we combine all of the veggies with the protein, and that we include some spices that he may not get everyday. It's a meal that's easy for him to eat himself unassisted and, of course, there's the benefit of all of us eating the exact same thing.

Turkey Lettuce Wraps Paleo

For those of you yawning over all the baby eating chit chat – which I would have glazed over by now pre-baby – this one is great for you too. Why? Same reasons! One-pot meal, different flavours, loads of veggies. It applies to all of us!

I used ground turkey, as turkey isn't something we consume very often and tends to be more mild in taste so the flavours balance nicely. You can also very easily do this with ground beef, chicken, venison or bison. And of course, if you have any Thanksgiving leftovers, you could also chop, chop, chop and use that as the protein.

Vegan Option

If you prefer to keep it meatless or vegan, white beans or navy beans would be a great option. You could also finely chop and do it up with tempeh. Options for everyone!

Fun Pairings for Turkey Lettuce Cups

Turkey Lettuce Wraps Plum Sauce

In my opinion, when it comes to any kind of wrap, whether it's lettuce, collards or your fave tortilla, much comes down to the sauce you choose. A few weeks back, I shared my from scratch Plum Sauce pictured above. I made it specifically to dress my Turkey Lettuce Cups with. There are loads more sauce options to choose from. Here are some available on my blog:

Once you've chosen the sauce pairing, then it is time to cook up the goodness. Enjoy!

Asian Spice Paleo Turkey Lettuce Cups

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Yield: 6 servings

Grain-free, paleo-friendly dinner.

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp Chinese Five Spice Blend
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 red pepper
  • ½ cup shredded cabbage
  • ⅓ cup chopped cashews
  • 2 Tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • Romaine leaves or bib lettuce for serving.

Make It Like So
  1. In a pan, lightly sauté ground turkey until lightly browned, but not cooked through fully. Set aside.
  2. In the same pan, add coconut oil, onion and spice mix, and sauté until onion is translucent.
  3. Add carrots, pepper, cabbage, cashews, tamari and chilli flakes and cook for 8 minutes. Add turkey into pan and cook another 5 minutes until turkey is cooked through.
  4. Scoop from pan into lettuce cups and drizzle with sauce of choice to serve.

paleo Turkey lettuce cups

2 Responses to “Asian Spice Paleo Turkey Lettuce Cups”

  1. Meredith Mednick said…
    What is Chinese 5 spice mix? Thanks. Looks delicious
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      There are slightly different variations of it depending on the recipe, but here is one to try:

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