Work. Graphics. Lettuce Wraps.

So, did I mention that I am taking a graphic design class?
Yep I finally took the plunge.
It's only one course, so on its own not too overwhelming.
Just means a little less free time for fun stuff like sleeping blogging.

So I apologize if I haven't been making my rounds to visit you all & support your creative endeavors. I'm in dire need of a catch up session.
And if, on occasion, I let my blog posts sit a little too long and get stale (hungover owls are funny for one day, not for 4 days! lol) then pardon me for these next few months. 

Hopefully I will come back with many new and exciting skills to share!
Tonight I rushed through dinner-making with these super easy and amazingly yummy lettuce wraps.
Seriously, try them.

Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

Thanks Eating Well!

Based on a popular Chinese dish, these fun wraps also make appealing appetizers for entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with chile-garlic sauce and rice vinegar for extra zip; toss diced mango and strawberries with lime juice for a quick dessert.


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup instant brown rice (I skipped the rice)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 large red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 8-ounce can water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce, (see Note)
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder, (see Note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 heads Boston lettuce, leaves separated
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs, such as cilantro, basil, mint and/or chives
  • 1 large carrot, shredded


  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add rice; reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add turkey and ginger; cook, crumbling with a wooden spoon, until the turkey is cooked through, about 6 minutes. Stir in the cooked rice, bell pepper, water chestnuts, broth, hoisin sauce, five-spice powder and salt; cook until heated through, about 1 minute.
  3. To serve, spoon portions of the turkey mixture into lettuce leaves, top with herbs and carrot and roll into wraps.


aizkim | September 8, 2010 at 11:58 PM

graphic design? I've always wanted to take that too! cheers for your new endeavors. we have an asian version of this lettuce wrap which includes bacon, sesame oil, and hot chili paste...yum!

Katie | September 9, 2010 at 12:17 AM

Those wraps look yum! Good luck with your class :)

Good Girls Studio | September 9, 2010 at 6:06 AM

That sound delish!! Good luck w/your class! Can't wait to see your mad new skillz ;)

Caroline | September 9, 2010 at 9:57 AM

You changed up your blog!!! And. I. Love. It!!!! Your comments on my blog always make my day ... you are a sweet peach. And this post looks incredible. YUM!

DiamondsandTulle | September 10, 2010 at 12:27 AM

How exciting Rachel! Hope you enjoy your class!

xx Vivian @

Miss Makes-a-lot | September 11, 2010 at 5:56 AM

hey YEAH! welcome to the glamorous world of graphic design!
and i was just catching up on my bloggy friends too, i've been a neglectful blogger lately! congrats on the class, you'll be fabulous. and lettuce wraps are my FAVE :) :)

Taj Acosta | September 14, 2010 at 3:19 PM

That's okay, we support you in making it happen at school chica! Can't wait to hear about all the fab stuff you are learning! hugs

Madamoiselle Natalia | September 18, 2010 at 7:00 AM

yummy pictures!!

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