Nov 26, 2013

Turkey Santa Fe Lettuce Wraps



These Santa Fe turkey lettuce wraps are SO good, you'll WANT to save some leftover turkey just to make them (or leftover chicken breast would work too)!

Have you ever had the Spinach Santa Fe Egg Rolls with the Cilantro Ranch Dipping Sauce from Chili's? They're dangerously good – I don't even want to know how many calories they are. That's where the inspiration for these lighter lettuce wraps came from. The lighting in these photos don't even do them justice.

This is the BEST leftover turkey recipe!

I actually made my turkey breast in the crock pot last week just so I could have leftovers to create this recipe. I had one for lunch (only 4 WW pp) but since they are so light I think two would be perfect for dinner. If you want to make them Paleo, leave out the beans and add more spinach. I used my Avocado Cilantro Ranch Dressing as my sauce and it was perfect. If you're lazy, you can mash 1/4 avocado into 1/2 cup light ranch dressing instead.

This time of the year is so challenging to eat good. Holiday parties, staying over at relatives, Christmas cookies – I really need will power. So I wanted to create a leftover recipe for turkey that's not just delicious, but also light after a day of indulging on mashed potatoes, gravy, and pumpkin pie.


Some of you were asking me on Instagram how I stay motivated and I thought I would share what I am doing this year to avoid the Holiday weight gain.

1) I just started tracking everything I eat on my Weight Watchers app to help keep me accountable for everything I eat, plus it reminds me to exercise more (such a great app). Some of you may be using My Fitness Pal, that would work too!

2) Yesterday while at the gym, I paid for 10 sessions of personal training. This was my Christmas present to myself, and it was not cheap. I know it will give me that extra push to make the most out of my workouts, especially since I am paying for them.

3) On days I'm too busy to head out to the gym, I started doing the Shrink Session Workout at home. I love Erin Stutland, I met her a few years ago at Fit Bloggin and instantly felt connected to her. She's a coach, fitness expert, former dancer and feels like your BEST friend all wrapped into one. It's different from your average workout (yes you'll tone your body and burn fat) but what it really does, is help you step into a more a confident, powerful, rock star part of yourself that you may not be in touch with on a daily basis. She's doing a free week long challenge called the Say it, Sweat it, Get it FREE Challenge. If it looks like something you could use, sign up and join me (it's free!)

If you have any tips to share on how you stay motivated, I would love to hear it!

Turkey Santa Fe Lettuce Wraps
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 2 lettuce wraps • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 8 pts
Calories: 297 • Fat: 13 g • Protein: 31 g • Carb: 21 g • Fiber: 6 g • Sugar: 4 g
Sodium: 1358 mg • Cholesterol: 53 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced red bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup minced scallions
  • 12 oz leftover turkey breast, diced small
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 2 tbsp diced jarred jalapeno peppers
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 8 large Iceburg lettuce leaves 
  • 12 tbsp Avocado Cilantro Ranch Dressing

Directions:


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the red bell pepper and scallions to the pan and sauté for 2 minutes until tender.

Add the diced turkey, corn, black beans, spinach, jalapeno peppers, cumin, chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper to the pan. Cook for another 3 to 4 minutes, stirring well so the spinach gets mixed in with everything.


Place about 1/3 cup of turkey mixture in the center of each lettuce leaf. Top each wrap with 2 tbsp cheese and 1 1/2 tbsp avocado sauce if desired.

47 comments :

  1. My family is gathering 12/27/13 for our Christmas celebration. We've decided on serving tapas style finger food. This could well be my contribution. May even leave the meat out of some of it for the vegetarian/vegans in the crowd. Thanks. Looking forward to making this.

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  2. Do the calories on this include the Dressing?

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  3. Those look incredibly delicious! I'm hoping for lots of leftover turkey now!

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  4. I love lettuce wraps! I will try these for sure. Even chicken would be good.
    I stay motivated with a WW buddy, we cheer each other on!

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  5. Ooo great idea for leftover turkey (I'm thinking ahead to Christmas!). After a few days of rich food I start craving lettuce!!
    P x

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  6. These look really good, can't wait to try them! Another good app is calorie count .com, I've been logging my food since March and I've lost 49 pounds. The best part of the app is the community feedback, and it's free! I have used many of your recipes, so thank you, thank you, thank you! One more pound to reach my goal, and then I plan on continuing with my new lifestyle!

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    1. Good for you! Yes, use whatever works for you : )

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  7. Looks wonderful. In your email intro to this you said if you want to make it Paleo, leave out the beans. Corn and cheese would also not be allowed on Paleo.

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    1. Ah, it's hard to think in Paleo for me. Thank you for clarifying!

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  8. These look fantastic! I can't wait to try them!!

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  9. Can fresh spinach be used and if so what amount?

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    1. I bought all the ingredients I didn't have and am going to give your recipe a go on the weekend. Thanks!

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  10. Hi, I was wondering if you knew how many calories you'd save without the dressing? Thanks and have a great Thanksgiving!

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  11. No green chiles? How can something be "Santa Fe" without any green chiles? Looks good but I'll def add some roasted chiles!

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  12. I love how so many of your recipes are naturally gluten free or easy to convert to gluten free. Its hard coming up with new ideas for lunches and dinners but you make it easy! Thanks again for a great one!

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  13. I made this last night with ground turkey and cilantro lime sour cream (based on what I had in the fridge) and it was delicious! I'll be making these often. Thanks!

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  14. Big recieved document! mum really enjoyed scaning the great article! Thank you loads
    Jeux de beauté

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  15. Wow need to do this! Beach season is here lol ;)

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  16. This recipe looks delicious! I love that it is all wrapped up in lettuce!

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  17. These look delicious! I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoy reading your blog and seeing the recipes you come up with. I have a blog myself that focuses on clean eating, so I know it's not always easy to be innovative, but you do a fantastic job, so keep up the good work! If you ever get a chance, stop by and check out mine :) http://theleancleaneatingmachine.com

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  18. Made these tonight with some shredded cooked chicken breast (turkey all gone). Amazing! The dressing was incredible! Thanks for posting such wonderful recipes -- and yours are always so much better than the recipes on the WW site.

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  19. Any idea if this leftovers would freeze well? With the amount of certain ingredients called for (black beans and spinach) I would have trouble finding other recipes to put these in. Therefore I would just double the recipe to accommodate the entire amount of the can/package. But that would create too much food for my small family so I'm wondering about freezing it. What do you think?

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    1. I used the leftovers over a salad the next day! Maybe a good idea to use up the rest.

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  20. Not sure, I'm guessing yes or you can use the rest and put them in peppers to make stuffed peppers for a second meal.

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  21. This was an awesome way to use up some leftover turkey - thank you! And thank you for writing about Erin Stutland -- I'm impressed with her approach to working out, overall fitness, mind/body/soul -- very cool.

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  22. I just made this with chicken and it was AMAZINGGGG. I'm excited to finally have another meal I can make! I did put it on actual wraps but good to know I can use lettuce wraps for less calories. Thank you!!

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  24. Is the sodium accurate on this? Per serving? I'm having trouble adding up that much for the whole recipe based on the ingredients.

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  25. what is the points plus without the dressing?

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  26. I used two pounds of ground turkey breast, which I browned first. Then, I doubled the remaining ingredients - added the peppers and onions first to the cooked meat to wilt - and added them to the pan.

    I think I'll keep this on hand for my growing son to make for a snack. He's going to love it on a tortilla with a healthy dollop of guacamole and salsa.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Fantastic.

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  27. Just finished making this for lunch. The dressing is the BOMB! I'm doing mine up as a salad, so instead of wraps, filling & dressing over lettuce in a bowl.
    My son had a bowl of the filling for lunch with salsa & sour cream. My husband will have the filling for dinner with enchilada sauce.
    I keep avocado slices in my freezer to use in smoothies (keeps the foam down), so I just used those. Made my own buttermilk with milk & white vinegar. No pickled jalapeños, so chopped up a fresh one and tossed in with the pepper. I pulled some cooked turkey leftover from Thanksgiving out of the freezer the other day and was looking for ways to use it up. This fits the bill perfectly!

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  28. This was excellent, thank you for another terrific recipe! In the directions you mention adding in Cayenne Pepper but I do not see it in the ingredient list, how much should be added?

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  29. I made these today, but I used chicken instead...so good! The dressing is to dye for..love it..thanks for this recipe.

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  30. Few salads and few receipes helps us in fitness.

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  31. Hi there, I just recently posted a blog post about different ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers and this recipe was one of them! I was sure to link your post to it, but if you would like me to un-link please let me know! You can find the post here: http://seekingthesouthblog.blogspot.com/2014/11/18-ways-to-use-your-thanksgiving.html

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  32. These look fantastic. We go camping every year with a group of friends. Among the 13 of us, we have several dietary restrictions. These will work perfectly for most of us and I can make some vegetarian for the rest.

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  33. Made this for dinner tonight and it was a big hit!! I used fresh spinach and used a shortcut for the dressing and combined light ranch with Trader Joe's cilantro dressing (I couldn't find buttermilk and I'm allergic to avocado). I served it with Spanish rice on the side. The family loved it!

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