GF GIRL NEXT DOOR: Asian Style Turkey and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps
Before you start seeing results with your body on the outside, you’ve first got to work on the inside. Now, I’m not a certified nutritionist, but going by experience. To me, getting in shape is roughly 30% working out and 70% what you eat and drink. Of course those percentages can change once you’ve hit your goal weight, but in order to lose weight, you need to change your eating habits.
Here are some quick tips on how to get your eating in check:
- Make substitutions in your favorite dishes: Pizza, pasta, lasagna, brownies, muffins, pumpkin bread – are any of these your favorite dishes? You can still enjoy them in a healthier way by making a few adjustments. For example, instead of using pasta, create vegetable noodles using a sweet potato, zucchini or spaghetti squash. Check out my recipe Sweet Potato String “Pasta.”
- Eat often throughout the day: What, I’m telling you to eat more often, but you are trying to lose weight, how can that be? When you eat healthier smaller meals more often throughout the day, you are more likely to snack less and make better choices. We’ve all grown up eating 3 meals a day, but if you are looking to lose weight and are working out more than you usually do, eating 5-6 small meals a day will help you to keep on track and not find yourself “starving”.
- Plan your meals ahead of time: We’ve all fallen victim to forgetting to pack breakfast or lunch and end of grabbing something that is easy, and most likely unhealthy. People like to make fun of the “meal prep” photos you see on Instagram, but you can bet that those people are more likely to stay on track than someone who is winging their meals from day to day. Also, bonus, it helps you save money. You can usually make four meals with the purchase of some chicken breast, sweet potatoes, and brussels sprouts – where if you eat lunch out everyday, you could spend roughly $8-$15 per meal.
Below, find one great recipe that will help you keep your eating habits on the right track:
Asian Style Turkey and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps
- Head of Butter Lettuce – about 10 pieces
- Ground turkey – 1 package about 1.3 lbs
- 2 cloves of crushed garlic
- 1-2 tablespoons of ghee (or coconut oil) for cooking
- 1 small white onion chopped = 1.5 cups
- 1 orange pepper chopped = 1 cup
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 3 tablespoons of gluten free soy sauce (extra for dipping)
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 2 cloves of crushed garlic
- Juice from half a lemon
The beauty of this recipe is that once all of your ingredients are prepped, it comes together pretty quickly. My advice is to always get all of your prep work done first before you start building a recipe. This leaves less room for error!
Get your quinoa cooking on the stove. Once that’s done (roughly 15 minutes depending on the brand you are using) set aside. While this is cooking, you can do the rest of your prep work.
Clean and wash your lettuce wraps and set aside.
Finley chop up your onions and orange pepper. Set aside
In a separate bowl, whisk together your soy sauce, 2 cloves of crushed garlic, 2 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar, and juice of half a lemon.
Drop in 1 tablespoon of ghee (or coconut oil) into a sauce pan and melt on high heat. Once the sauté pan is hot, add in your chopped onions and peppers. Sauté this mixture for 5 minutes on high heat. Remove from heat and spoon into a separate bowl.
In the same pan, drop in another teaspoon of ghee. Add the ground turkey and last two crushed cloves of garlic to the pan. Break up the meat with a spoon or spatula so it cooks evenly, and constantly stir the meat to make sure it gets browned all over.
Once the meat has been cooking for about 3 minutes, add your onions and peppers back in and let simmer for another 1-2 minutes.
Then add in your sauce mixture and let simmer for about 1 minute.
Lastly, turn off heat and stir in the 1 cup of quinoa.
Let the mixture cool enough so it’s safe to spoon out and enjoy in your lettuce wrap.
All of the photography in this post was shot by the very talented Sarah of Sarah Jayne Photography.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DELIA MOONEY
I am the Editor and Founder of the lifestyle and food blog “Hey, What’s the Dealio?” My blog is all about my love of food, working out, living a healthy life, spending time with family and friends, and getting the most out of every day. It’s about celebrating old family traditions and creating new ones that I can pass on. It’s about mixing the simple with the complicated and the savory with the sweet. In Fall 2013, I was diagnosed with celiac disease, so my blog includes a variety of gluten free and paleo recipes. I’m here to prove that gluten free and healthy recipes don’t have to be taste free. This blog is about me trying and creating recipes I love for the people I love. I associate family and friends with food and I associate food with happiness.
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