Healthy Greek turkey lettuce wraps recipe

Even though I’m away in Cabo this week, I still have something great to share with you today.

The following is a recipe created by my dear friend Kristen, who lives in my hometown of Port Charlotte, Florida. Whenever I visit home, I always spend time with Kristen, her kids, her husband and even her parents and sister. They have big family dinners on Sundays, and my Mom and I are known to invite ourselves over to join them from time-to-time.

Kristen is a teacher, a mother and an amazing cook. Her skills in the kitchen are nearly professional, and she was kind enough to put together a healthy recipe for us.

I’m a huge fan of the colors and flavors of Mediterranean food, so I was very excited when Kristen selected this dish. There are several elements, including the turkey, the cucumber and tomato salsa and the Tzatziki sauce, so grab some lettuce as a base and follow the how-to for each part.

Healthy Greek turkey lettuce wraps

Healthy Greek turkey lettuce wraps

This recipe feeds four.

Turkey ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 of a red onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp allspice
  • 4 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/8 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup water or chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp champagne or red wine vinegar
  • Salt to taste

Turkey cooking directions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan and add garlic.
  2. Cook for about one minute until the garlic is soft.
  3. Add the diced onion and cook on medium heat until the onions are translucent.
  4. Add the turkey to the pan and cook until no longer pink.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients and continue cooking while you assemble the salsa and sauce.

Cucumber and tomato salsa ingredients:
* Combine all of the following in a bowl.

  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dill

Tzatziki sauce ingredients:
* Combine all of the following in a bowl.

  • 2, 5-oz containers of plain low-fat Greek yogurt (Chobani 0% is a good option)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dill
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Salt to taste

Once all the parts are ready, lay down your lettuce leaves, assemble the layers nicely on the plate and enjoy. Note: You can also use tortillas in place of the bibb lettuce leaves if you prefer.

There you have it. The olive oil, lean meat and veggies in this one make it a real winner. While there are a lot of ingredients in this recipe for a simple cook like me, I’m definitely going to have to try this one out myself.

Thank you, Kristen. Not only for the recipe, but also for being one of my best friends since elementary school and one of my bridesmaids. Miss you!

Questions of the day

What’s your favorite type of food?

Are you someone who likes to follow a recipe in the kitchen or just wing it?

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