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Let’s Do Lunch: Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

I have a confession. I baked something this morning and didn’t take pictures of it. It was so wonderful. It is something I will make again and photograph and post about, but for my first run through, I just wanted to make something simple in the kitchen. I wanted something new but known to me that I could just use as some baking therapy. It worked.

And now I slightly regret not taking any pictures because it’s delicious. Especially when slathered with some butter and Kalles kaviar (it’s Swedish, just go with it).

But I do have something else delicious to share with you and it’s easy. The only time needed is for cooking the ground turkey! When I was in Linköping, I ate dinner with my family almost every night. One night we had delicious homemade burgers, which I can honestly eat every day. Another night it was TACO NIGHT! Taco nights are huge in Sweden which may sound ridiculous but we Swedes love our tacos. We had hard and soft shells and all sorts of toppings.

So, when I came back to the US and wanted something light and delicious for lunch, I decided on tacos made with ground turkey instead of beef. Instead of using tortillas or taco shells, I opted for lettuce wraps. I blame the heat wave we had for making me want vegetables instead of carbs. Who knew.

I ate these taco wraps for a couple of meals and then the last day I just made a huge taco salad with the ingredients because I was too hungry to try and wrap everything together nicely. What’s so wonderful about tacos is that you can customize them however you want. I think some jalapenos or hot sauce would add some delicious heat. Corn or black beans would offer additional heartiness. I just wanted to go for something simple. If simple isn’t your game, you can saute up some onion and chilies with the ground turkey.

Be adventurous. Eat taco lettuce wraps.

Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps

1.3 pounds ground turkey
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
Romaine Hearts
Sour Cream
Shredded Cheese

In a large pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil. Add in ground turkey, breaking it apart with a large wooden spoon. Add the taco seasoning and mix together. Cook until turkey is done and cooked through. Remove from heat.

Rinse and separate romaine heart leafs. To assemble the lettuce wraps, take 1 piece of lettuce. Spoon ground turkey on top. Sprinkle cheese, salsa, and top with sour cream. Enjoy!

[source: a Confectionary Tales original]

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