Friday, November 28, 2014

Leftover Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Thanksgiving has come and gone another year! It was a blessed day for us, filled with delicious food, amazing company, and laughter and joy. Even with so many hard things going on in our country and the world, there is much to be thankful for!

One superficial thing that I am thankful for is...leftovers! You heard right, Thanksgiving leftovers are some of my favorite. I don't know why, but there's something just so delicious about it. I almost like turkey more as leftovers more than on Thanksgiving day.

The key is to get creative with it! This year I decided to experiment and make a new recipe especially for turkey leftovers, and I'm pretty sure these turkey lettuce wraps hit the nail on the head for me.

They are super simple, and you can do SO MUCH with them! You can mix them with what you want, top them like a taco and enjoy!

Turkey Lettuce Wraps

- 1 head of butter lettuce (or romaine leaves, or any sturdy lettuce leaf of your choice)
- 2 cups of chopped leftover turkey
- 2 tsp cooking oil or butter
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 cucumber, diced
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper powder (more if you can handle the heat)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
-Optional: plain greek yogurt, cheese, small diced onions

1. Wash and dry the lettuce leaves. Keep the leaves in tact and set aside.
2. In a medium skillet, heat your preferred cooking oil or butter over medium high. Once hot, add your diced onion, and sautee until translucent.
3. Add garlic and cook for one minute, or until fragrant.
4. Add your diced bell pepper and cucumber, cook until tender.
5. Add the chopped turkey, and mix until incorporated.
6. Season with paprika, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper.
7. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat.
8. You can individually divide the turkey on the lettuce cups, or serve it in a bowl and let people fix their own like a taco!
9. You can top the tacos with plain greek yogurt, cheese, onions, tomatoes, hot sauce...whatever you want!
10. ENJOY!

Eating leftovers do not have to be boring. I love Mexican food, so this inspired dish was cleaned up a bit and uses those yummy turkey leftovers! Try this one out and use up all that delicious meat!

What's your favorite taco topping? Share below!

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