Simple Nutritious Ingredients & Ready In 30 Minutes
I think about three things when I’m planning out my meals (mostly dinners) for the week: 1. How can I pack as many nutrients into this dish as possible without compromising flavor and my budget? 2. How can I add as much flavor, or satisfaction, as possible without compromising nutrients and my budget? 3. How can I get the most bang for my buck without compromising nutrients and flavor? From there, I go through a list of tried and true recipes in my head; taking culture, timing, and accessibility into consideration. Do I want to go with a Mexican inspired dish? If I go to the gym after work, will I have enough time to make dinner? Do I have to go back to the grocery store or do I have everything I need?
If it seems like a lot, I can tell you.. that it is. But only because making healthy, flavorful food that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, is really important to me. I love making dinner every night, planning ahead, and giving myself options because I truly care about what’s going into my body, as well as if I’m actually enjoying it or not. There were many nights of plain tilapia and steamed broccoli – affordable? Yes. Nutritious? Yes. Flavorful? NONONO. Building a healthy relationship with food starts with actually liking the food that you’re eating; otherwise, you will never be able to stick with it.
One of my goals for 2018 is to share more of our real life meals on the blog. Our “Mains” tag is lacking, but so is the sunlight and hours in a day. Realistically, by the end of this year I hope to have 10-15 of our all time favorites/staples/go to dinner recipes that are affordable, delicious, and jam packed with nutrients. I want to share meals that are beginner/fool proof, require only a handful of easy to find ingredients, and help you build a better relationship with food. Creating an entire meal from scratch and working with different herbs, spices, and ingredients is so rewarding. Not only do you get the satisfaction of enjoying a delicious meal, but you know exactly what you are putting into your body.
I am so excited to share this first recipe with you because it has quickly become one of our favorites. Ground turkey is one of our staples for the week because it is a lean protein that can be used in so many different recipes. We often times use it for burgers, meatballs, or even to whip up a meatloaf. Again, all real life recipes that I want to show more of, but for now we can focus on these insanely delicious thai lettuce wraps! Asian cuisine has a special place in my heart, and I think I could eat it everyday if I had the choice. Although I love it and certainly crave it, most of our local restaurants don’t skimp on flavor and use a ton of sodium and sugar, as well as use lower quality ingredients and meats. After giving my craving predicament thought, I made a few substitutions to a classic favorite and believe it or not, it turned out better than the original!
I made these Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps in under thirty minutes, using lean ground turkey and a homemade teriyaki peanut glaze. The sauce only has 7 ingredients and is the perfect blend for any Asian-inspired recipe! I like to make a big batch to ensure that I always have enough to make a few different meals throughout the week, but you can easy cut this recipe in half for just one meal. I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!
Healthy Thai Lettuce Cups & Quinoa Bowls
What You Will Need
Homemade Teriyaki Peanut Sauce:
- 1/2 cup lower sodium soy sauce, or coconut aminos
- 1/4 cup honey, or maple syrup
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tbsp. hoisin sauce
- 2 tbsp. all natural peanut butter, no sugar added
- 1 tbsp. ground ginger
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
Using a large mixing bowl, whisk together all of your ingredients until evenly combined. Natural peanut butter does take a bit longer to fully incorporate, but it eventually will! Store in the refrigerator, in an air tight or sealed bottle for up to one week.
Thai Ground Turkey:
- 1-2 pounds ground turkey
- homemade thai sauce
- salt & pepper to taste
- Butter Lettuce / Romaine for lettuce “cups”
- Sliced cucumbers & carrots
Heat olive oil in a warm skillet and begin to brown the ground turkey. Break apart while cooking to form a “ground” or pearl like texture. Once cooked through, add in the homemade thai sauce and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Prepare the lettuce cups, quinoa, and sliced vegetables. Carefully top each lettuce cup with a portion of thai turkey, veggies, and quinoa. You can also make a delicious “buddha” bowl with this recipe!