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As long as you are comfortable with the term “browning meat” and know how to chop veggies this recipe from the food blog, Our Family Eats is a breeze to make. You may want to cut the Poblano pepper if you are serving this dish to little ones, though it is not overly spicy.

Ingredients:
1 head iceberg lettuce
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 small onion, diced
1 small Poblano pepper, diced
1/4 cup grated carrot
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 pound ground turkey
salt and pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 cup soy sauce (use San-J to make this dish gluten free)
2-3 green onions, sliced
Cilantro, if desired

Method:
1. Cut the stem from the head of lettuce and gently separate leaves. Set leaves aside.

2. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add onion, pepper, and carrots to skillet and sauté for about 3 minutes, until they begin to soften. Add ground turkey to skillet and cook until no longer pink. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add red pepper flakes, chili powder, cumin and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.

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3. Pour in soy sauce and continue cooking about 3-4 more minutes, or until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

4. Place one or two lettuce leaves on a plate and spoon about 1/2 cup of the turkey mixture into them. (If the leaves seem too brittle you can double them up.) Sprinkle with green onions and cilantro. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Note from the Chef: If you are sensitive to spicy foods, or are making these for young children, you may want to reduce or eliminate the Poblano pepper and the crushed red pepper from the recipe.

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Susan Schuman is a working mom with two small kids and a hungry husband. She writes Our Family Eats to share ideas for fun, wholesome meals that anyone can fit into their hectic schedule. You can connect with Susan on Twitter @ourfamilyeats.

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