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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.