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Sriracha Roasted Garlic BBQ Lettuce Wraps

After hearing really good things about Trader Joe’s Sriracha Roasted Garlic BBQ sauce, I decided to give it a whirl.  Normally, I would pour this over chicken and bake it….but I don’t currently have an oven so I had to figure out another route.  I had picked up some ground turkey and decided to make some quick and easy lettuce wraps, using this sauce as the star.

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To an oiled pan, add 1/2 chopped sweet onion and 1 lb of ground turkey and saute.  After about 5-7  minutes (the onions should be softened and the meat mostly browned), pour 1/3 bottle of the Sriracha and Roasted Garlic BBQ Sauce into the pan and stir to combine.  I also added broccoli rice here because I had some leftover and figured it’s never bad to up the veggie quotient of a dish.  Use your best judgement with the amount of sauce – you want to coat everything but not get it soupy.

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Serve the turkey mixture in romaine lettuce hearts and top with thinly sliced scallions.

Almost every ground beef/turkey recipe I found (particularly the easy, one-pot ones) were for pasta based dishes, like cheeseburger casserole.  While I looooove those meals, I have been working hard to cut down my weekday pasta intake, cooking it only once Sunday through Thursday.  This is great because the meat goes straight into these lettuce boats – no pasta needed.

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And people were right, this sauce is pretty good.  The first flavor you get is definitely basic bbq sauce, but then you realize there’s a little sweet and spicy something going on.  And don’t worry, it’s not that spicy.  Still kid friendly.  I think it’s best on white meat (ground turkey, baked chicken breasts, pork tenderloin/chops) but could also see it as a nice topping for a meatloaf.

My beau really liked how the meat came out when cooked in this sauce and even went up for seconds.  He was on the fence, however, about the lettuce cups and said he’d prefer this over rice.  I don’t think he thinks lettuce cups are manly enough.  Like I said, I’m trying to minimize how many times I cook starch during the week so I can go nuts on the weekend.  That means lettuce cups were the right #WeekdayHealthy move for me, but you could totally serve this over rice and it would be delicious.

PS: This is great for small kitchens because it only requires dirtying one pan on the stove

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