Diabetic Cooking

Main Dishes

Turkey lettuce wraps



  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 can (8 ounces) water chestnuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 12 large lettuce leaves
  • Chopped mint leaves and/or chopped peanuts (optional)


Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey, green onions, and ginger; cook 6–8 minutes, stirring to break up meat.

Add water chestnuts and soy sauce to skillet; cook 3 minutes or until turkey is no longer pink. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro.

Spoon 1/4 cup turkey mixture into each lettuce leaf. Top with chopped mint and and/or peanuts, if desired. Roll up to enclose filling.

Variations. Use turkey mixture as a salad topping or substitute the lettuce leaves with corn tortillas.

Gluten-free. To make this dish gluten free, be sure to read ingredient labels carefully and purchase gluten-free soy sauce.

Yield: 12 wraps (about 6 servings).

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 102, Carbohydrates: 6 g, Protein: 18 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 30 mg, Sodium: 87 mg, Fiber: 1 g

Exchanges per serving: 1 vegetable, 2 meat.

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