Fast, simple, and ultra flavorful, 15-Minute Turkey Cranberry Lettuce Wraps make a delicious weeknight meal and come together in just minutes.
When I run out of inspiration and can't figure out what to make for dinner, one of my favorite fall-back meals is lettuce wraps. They take just a few minutes to make and yet somehow turn an ordinary dinner into something special.
There are plenty of lettuce wrap recipes out there, but many of them require a million ingredients and lots of chopping. Not necessarily what I'm looking for on a busy weeknight. So instead I created this one to contain just a few, simple ingredients and to require minimal chopping. It's surprisingly flavorful, though, and is perfect for a light dinner or a fun appetizer.
I used radicchio for these wraps, which is part of the chicory family. I love the color, but fair warning, it's bitter. I love the flavor, but it can sometimes be hard to find and is more expensive than butter lettuce or romaine. I'd say if you want something a little different, go for the radicchio. But for a day-to-day dinner, go for butter lettuce or romaine.
A word, too, on adapting this meal for feeding a family. I personally like lettuce wraps because they are filling and light. That being said, they are a little too light for my husband, so I round out the meal with bread or quinoa for him. I also provide a grain or bread side for my daughter, plus skip the lettuce wraps altogether. She gobbled up her deconstructed meal "turkey meatballs," and told me I should put this recipe on the blog for other mommies and daddies to make for their kids. So there you go. We hope you enjoy!
1 | Pull aside some of the cooked turkey and onion mixture prior to adding the lime juice, cranberries, and sage. Serve the turkey "meatballs," along with the cranberries separately on a plate.
2 | Lettuce wraps are a fun way to entice kids to eat their veggies, but if your child isn't going for it, offer them tortillas as an alternative.
3| Round out the meal with cooked quinoa or brown rice.
THIS RECIPE IS . . .
Naturally Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Paleo, and Whole30 Friendly
TURKEY CRANBERRY LETTUCE WRAPS
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt, divided
2 garlic cloves, finely minced or grated
1 pound ground dark or light meat turkey
¼ cup dried, unsweetened or apple juice sweetened cranberries*
Juice of half a lime (about 1 tablespoon)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1 head butter lettuce or radicchio
1. In a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt, and sauté, stirring frequently, until translucent and cooked through, about 5-8 minutes.
2. Add an additional 1 tablespoon olive oil, the garlic and turkey. Sprinkle with an additional ¼ teaspoon salt, then sauté, stirring occasionally, until the turkey is browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
3. Add the cranberries, lime juice, and sage, stirring to combine.
4. Serve warm, wrapped in lettuce cups.
*Notes: I buy unsweetened cranberries in the bulk section of my local natural foods market. If that's not an option for you, you can order a completely unsweetened, 1-lb bag here (worth it if you also want to have them on hand for other recipes and snacking). Or, you can go for apple juice sweetened cranberry (I love these or these for this recipe and for snacking). Of course, feel free to use regular sweetened cranberries if that's all you can find, the final results will still taste great and will only add a minimal amount of refined sugar.
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