Nothing can be easier if you use prepackaged oriental seasoning packets to whip up these spicy, tasty healthy bites. You can wrap them in soft green leaf lettuce or Boston lettuce.
If you use green leaf lettuce use the smaller sturdier leaves in the middle of the head so they will hold the weight of the filling.
I used a spicy Pad Thai seasoning mix. There are a ton of flavor packets in the oriental aisle so pick your favorite – General Tsao would be nice and spicy, anything with hoisin like a rib seasoning packet would also be good.
Then you can top your lettuce wrap with thinly slivered cucumber, celery, carrot, green onion, mango or whatever you have on hand. To get nice fine slivers of the vegetables I use a zester – not the rasp kind of zester that gives you a powder – it looks like a paring knife with a few fine loop holes on the end. Use it to score the cucumber etc. lengthwise and you will get nice fine, long strands. Pick something to give a bit of a crunchy texture and a light, fresh contrast to the spicy meat.
I use lean ground turkey to keep it healthy. Believe me with all the flavor from the seasoning mix it will be anything but boring! If you really like heat you can add some hot chili paste or red pepper flakes for garnish as well.
I sometimes stick a tooth pick in them to hold the lettuce a bit more securely around the meat mixture. It depends on the size and sturdiness of your lettuce leaves – you may not need to fasten them. Depending on the size of your lettuce leaves you can get 12 or more wraps out of the recipe.
You can serve these as appetizers or put a few on a plate for a nice lunch. I like them served while the meat is just slight warm or room temperature.