This is the beginning of week 3 of our family’s weight loss challenge. Laura has been the most successful and I, unfortunately, have been the least. I have lost weight, but only 2 pounds! This wonderful recipe I am about to share with you is served with white rice, but I decided to eliminate it, since we are trying to cut back on calories and carbs.
When I found this dish in America’s Test Kitchen, Cooking Fresh, 2015, I thought it would be very tasty. My husband, however, wasn’t quite as excited as I was. I told him that he needed to trust me! Well, to his surprise, he thought it was delicious! The original recipe asked for chicken, but I decided to use lean ground turkey. The meat absorbs the flavors from the fish sauce, lime zest and lime juice. I thought that since it was Asian that it would need some soy sauce, but I was wrong. At the end of cooking, fresh basil and green onions are incorporated for additional flavors. I can’t believe how easy this meal was to prepare and how fabulous it tasted!
- 1 pound ground turkey or chicken
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded and minced
- 2 teaspoons lime zest
- 3 tablespoons lime juice (1 to 2 limes)
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1½ tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon corn starch
- ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- 10 to 12 Bibb lettuce leaves
- Cooked white rice (optional)
- Heat a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat with oil. Add turkey, jalapeño and lime zest. Break up meat into small pieces, until it is no longer pink for about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk together fish sauce, sugar, corn starch and lime juice in a small bowl. Pour into turkey and stir constantly, until sauce has thickened for about 1 minute. Turn heat off and stir in basil and green onions. Serve with lettuce leaves. 3 servings without rice, 4 servings with rice.