If you are foodies like us, then you likely enjoy being experimental in the kitchen. Becoming a bariatric patient also requires us to relearn some of our go-to recipes and redesign them for optimal nutrition for our pouch and our families, too! This recipe is a fun take on a household favorite – tacos! For our crunchy taco shell fanatics, we discovered the satisfying crunch of your typical Tex-Mex taco delivered in the form of a lettuce wrap – a juicy, crispy, and healthy vessel for the perfect bite!
Despite what you may have been led to believe, turkey is actually very conducive to be the base of a flavorful dish. It just might require a little more attention! Luckily, the taco seasoning has several different spices that combine into the ultimate flavor combination for your turkey tacos! If the flavor is not coming out how you like, add just a pinch of salt. Still not how you like it? Curb the temptation to sprinkle in more salt and instead grab a lime and squeeze some juice into your pan for the flavors to come to life! Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself! We are confident your family won’t be able to tell the difference, and your family will be happy to leave the table without an upset tummy from all of the grease in the other less healthy ground meat options.
We topped our turkey taco lettuce wraps with some of the cherry tomatoes for an added sweet and juiciness, avocado for a creamy texture, and salsa to tie it all together!
One serving is one lettuce wrap with about two spoonfuls of the turkey meat. Trust us when we say this dish is filling! We each had one lettuce wrap and were stuffed throughout the day! For those in your family who do not eat bariatric portions, feel free to prep some brown rice and black beans for a healthier version of the typical rice-and-beans side dish that comes with your favorite Tex-Mex dishes! Add this to your meal prep menu and tell us how it went! Enjoy!https://mybariatricsolutions.com/turkey-taco-lettuce-wraps/
- 1 lb. lean ground turkey
- 1/3 cup water
- 3 tbs taco seasoning (store bought or homemade, your choice!)
- ½ tsp kosher or sea salt
- 1 c (half-pint) cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1 cup salsa, no sugar added
- 12 whole romaine lettuce leaves, rinsed and dried
- Place your skillet on medium heat, then add the ground turkey. Cook for about 8 minutes, or until browned. Then, add water, taco seasoning, and salt. Allow to cook for 3 more minutes, then remove from heat.
- Prepare the lettuce leaves by taking two leaves and pairing them so the top leaf fits with the bottom, making 6 total lettuce boats. Spoon in turkey mixture (about 2 spoonfuls per lettuce boat) and top with tomato, avocado, and salsa.
- Serve and enjoy!