Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Asian Turkey Wraps in Romaine Lettuce (Info. about Romaine Lettuce)

Asian turkey wraps
I made this meal for my daughter Britney's birthday a couple weeks ago. It had a wonderful new flavor combination that we really enjoyed. It was fun to roll it up in the romaine lettuce as well. I have been reading about health benefits of romaine lettuce.  It made a nice light meal. My family loved having the leftovers the next day. It was fun to change things up a little bit. It was a great way to eat more vegetables too.It is easy to get in a rut eating the same fruits and vegetables. It is great when we mix up the fruits and vegetables that we eat and get a variety of nutrients.
Romaine Lettuce

Some of the health benefits of Romaine lettuce are:

1. Vitamin C and beta carotene that can aid in healthy heart, helping to prevent oxidation of cholesterol, which can help in reducing strokes and heart attacks. There is also folic acid which aids in keeping blood vessels healthy.

2. Potassium can help lower blood pressure. Potassium can also help improve your muscle strength if you combine it with strength training.  There is also fiber which is always helpful to improve the functioning of our bodies. It also has phosphorus, calcium and magnesium.

3. It can help in burning fat because of the fiber that is in it. It makes your body work as it digests the lettuce. It also fills you up faster. It is a low calorie food with no fat.

4. So find some fun ways to add it to your families diet. It was fun to learn some more information about romaine. I had no idea it had so many great health benefits. :)

Ingredients:  Asian Turkey wraps
2 C cooked brown rice
1 1/2 lb lean ground turkey
1 T oil (I used grape seed oil)
1 jalapeno pepper seeded chopped fine pieces
3 to 4 garlic cloves minced
2 tsp lime zest
3 T fresh lime juice
5 T fish sauce
2 T honey or brown  sugar
1 can of diced green chili *optional 
1 tsp cornstarch or  1 T ultra gel
1/4 C fresh basil chopped up
4 green onions chopped
head of Romaine lettuce washed and seperated


1. In a frying pan pour in the oil brown turkey and break into small pieces.

2. Stir in the chili's, garlic, and the zest. Cook stirring together a couple minutes.

3. In a small a whisk lime juice, fish sauce, honey, rice, and cornstarch or ultra gel. Cook until the it thickens.

4. Then take the skillet off the stove and toss in the basil and green onions. Scoop on to the lettuce and roll the lettuce as desired. Enjoy!


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