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Five-Spice Turkey & Lettuce Wraps

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup instant brown 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

DIRECTIONS

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.

Tips:

Notes: Hoisin sauce is a spicy, sweet sauce made from soybeans, chiles, garlic and spices. It will keep in the refrigerator for at least a year.

Often a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns, five-spice powder was originally considered a cure-all miracle blend encompassing the five elements (sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, salty). Look for it in the supermarket spice section.

MAKE AHEAD TIP: Prepare the filling (through Step 2), cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Serve cold or reheat in the microwave.

Courtesy of www.fitnessmagazine.com.