Asian Inspired Turkey Orzo Lettuce Wraps

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I’ve been wanting to make homemade lettuce wraps forever and I finally got inspired while putting away my groceries and seeing leftover pineapple from breakfast. Yup, that did it for me. I know, I’m an odd duck.

I found myself chopping and cooking while sifting through my sea of groceries. I decided to make it light mostly pasta and veggies with just 4oz of turkey. I was pleasantly surprised and found myself wanting to eat the filling as a salad. It’s even good cold with a nice light flavor.

I do have to say I wish I had some scallions and fresh ginger but hey, you use whatchya got, right? ;~) Asian Inspired Turkey Orzo Lettuce Wraps

  • 4oz whole wheat orzo pasta uncooked
  • 1 small onion
  • 4oz lean ground turkey uncooked
  • 8-10 baby carrots (3oz) diced
  • 1 small zucchini diced
  • 2 cups baby spinach chopped
  • ½ cup pineapple diced (90g)
  • 2 tbsp lite soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 romaine heart (about 16 leaves)

Prepare the pasta according to the package.

Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Add the onion. Don’t touch for a few minutes. You want to get that little bit of brown. Stir a few times and add in the ground turkey and carrots. Continue to cook and stir to brown the turkey.

Add the zucchini, spinach and pineapple to the skillet. Continue to cook and stir. Once the Spinach starts to reduce, add the soy sauce, ginger and cooked orzo pasta. Stir to combine flavors. Shut off the heat.

Serve on large lettuce leaves. Wrap, roll and eat!

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Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 About one cup of filling and four lettuce leaves
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
182 1g 5g old: 3 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
6g 0g 31g 11g
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  1. kyree90

    That does look good. Wonder if I can find whole-wheat orzo without ordering it from Amazon.

    And I still need some soy sauce. I ran out at some point and now have just teryaki in my fridge for Asian flavor.

  2. French

    Toasted sesame oil is fantastic for imparting an Asian flavor. And a little goes a long way. I may try adding a small amount at the end of cooking for an even more complex flavor.

    Keep up the great ideas.

  3. April

    FYI: I was able to find whole wheat orzo at Whole Foods (don’t know if everyone has whole foods in their area). Hope that helps.

  4. Michele D

    You can also get the whole wheat orzo at a website I found while looking for just that thing…sold in 1 pound bags, so you aren’t locked into 4 – 32oz containers like they sell on Amazon…

    http://www.pappardellesonline.com

    They sell all sorts of pasta…I am looking forward to my order arriving…they also have sweet potato orzo…on my order and can’t wait to try it!

  5. Michele D

    By the way, making this tonight as soon as I get home but subbing mandarine oranges and frozen spinach since as Roni says, “Ya use whatcha got”…lol…can’t wait, my tummy is growling…

  6. kyree90

    I tried it for dinner tonight … but I had to use regular orzo, not whole wheat. None of our stores sell it, and I didn’t want to wait until it came through the mail. (I counted it as 4 Points, not 3, to make up for that.)

    It was delicious … and more filling than I thought it’d be. I think I’ve found a new favorite lunch/dinner!

  7. Erica

    This is great! I just made it with short grain brown rice because I didn’t have the ww orzo, & it is excellent!

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