Food Fridays: Quick Turkey Lettuce Wraps ⁠

As grocery prices continue to rise, it can feel hard to stick to healthy choices. That’s why this month we will be featuring easy and budget-friendly meals that will help reduce the amount you’re spending on groceries, all while still getting in all the nutrients you and your family need. ⁠

These Quick Turkey Lettuce Wraps are perfect for weeknight dinners – they’re fast, easy and customizable based on what you have available. They’re also great for kids – they can load up on all the toppings they want! ⁠

Why is this a great budget-friendly meal? It uses canned water chestnuts and whatever veggies you have on hand. Adding leftover veggies that would normally go to waste in the fridge helps to bulk up this meal and stretch your groceries further. ⁠

Low-carb, high-protein and nutrient-dense. Try this recipe out tonight!⁠


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger minced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 can water chestnuts diced (8 ounces)
  • ½ red bell pepper diced
  • 1 head lettuce iceberg or bibb lettuce (washed)
  • toppings as desired see notes


  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon sriracha or to taste


  1. Whisk sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large pan, cook ground turkey, ginger, and garlic until no pink remains.
  3. Stir in water chestnuts and red pepper. Cook until the pepper is tender. Add sauce and simmer until thickened and heated through.
  4. Serve warm, spooned into lettuce cups with your favourite toppings.


  • Topping ideas: julienned cucumbers, shredded carrots, cilantro, crushed peanuts, crunchy chow mein noodles

Recipe by Spending With Pennies.