This is a easy, wonderful, light yet filling meal with turkey or beef, rice and fresh veggies! Fun to eat! You will need at least eight 10-inch bamboo skewers for cooking the meat.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, mix together ground turkey, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 teaspoon minced garlic and 2 teaspoons ginger. Form into 16 meatballs and roll into ovals. Cover and refrigerate.

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  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine rice with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until rice is tender.

  • Preheat the grill or broiler. Arrange rice, lettuce leaves, carrots, scallions, radishes and red peppers onto a serving platter or place each into a small bowl. In a medium bowl, mix together 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup water, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons garlic, 1 tablespoon ginger, and sugar. Divide into 4 small dipping bowls.

  • Thread two meatballs onto each 10 inch skewer. Grill or broil for 10 to 12 minutes, turning occasionally to brown all sides. If broiling, line the broiler pan with aluminum foil and drain fat after 6 minutes.

  • To eat, place a leaf of lettuce onto the palm of your hand, spoon on a little rice, then a meat roll, and a few of the vegetables. Roll up and dip in dipping sauce or spoon sauce over.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

368.9 calories; 28.6 g protein; 42.8 g carbohydrates; 83.6 mg cholesterol; 951.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2006
This is awesome fun and healthy! The only change I made was that instead of making the meatballs I simply browned and crumbled the meat in a frying pan drained the fat then added the soy garlic and ginger and sautéed for another 2 minutes. We ran out of lettuce near the end so we wrapped some of the rolls in rice paper wrappers which was also delicious (and easier and less messy to eat). Next time I think that we will wrap them all in rice paper and add shredded lettuce to the rolls. A must try! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/14/2004
The flavor was great. I also crumbled the meat to save time and effort. Used the food processor to slice and shred and used butter lettuce leaves instead of iceburg. But the lettuce tore very easy and it was a lot of work wrestling with it just to get a bite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2006
This is awesome fun and healthy! The only change I made was that instead of making the meatballs I simply browned and crumbled the meat in a frying pan drained the fat then added the soy garlic and ginger and sautéed for another 2 minutes. We ran out of lettuce near the end so we wrapped some of the rolls in rice paper wrappers which was also delicious (and easier and less messy to eat). Next time I think that we will wrap them all in rice paper and add shredded lettuce to the rolls. A must try! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2004
Great recipe! Instead of making meatballs I browned the ground beef added 1 cup of the already cooked rice and poured the sauce over the meat and rice. I also added about a teaspoon of hot chili oil for a little kick. I have eight children and they all loved it. The hot meat mixture in the cool lettuce leaves is wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2004
This was delicious! I added about a tablespoon of applesauce to the turkey to help keep it moist. After rolling the turkey into ovals I flatened a bit before skewering with 2 wooden skewers to help make it easier to flip on the grill. We also added just a splash of rice vinegar to the dipping sauce (in addition to the lemon juice) and offered chopped cilantro and Walla Walla (sweet) onions in addition to the other add-ins. Sweet chili sauce is a mildly spicy-sweet Asian condiment that went really well with this dish. (plum sauce would make a good substitute) For added eye appeal we used a large round platter and lined with red leaf lettuce and placed the turkey skewers in a concentric circle on top. Dipping sauce was served in individual bowls at each place setting. It looked like a magazine spread! Great company dish since much of the prep work can be done ahead of time leaving you to enjoy your guests. I can't wait to make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2005
My husband and I have always loved eating the lettuce wraps at Pei Wei. We thought these were even beter than the ones there. I didn't think it was a lot of prep time considering it's a whole meal. I would have doen just as much if I needed to do sides as well. Low cost and low fat; with loads of good flavor. As far as other reviews saying messy; lettuce wraps are supposed to be. I suggest two heads of lettuce just to get enough of the big leaves. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2004
Can you say "YUM"? These were great I just crumbled ground turkey and sauteed with soy ginger & garlic. Served with carrots/green onions/avacado pieces/freshly chopped cilantro and basil and basmati rice. There were NO leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2003
Ok give the laziest person a tough job and they will find the easiest way to do it. My grill was out of gas and everyone said the meatball part was time consuming. I pressed the turkey mixture into a casserole pan to a thickness of about 1" and then turned it over and flipped it out onto my broiler pan so the grease would drip through. Brushed the surface with a little liquid smoke diluted in water and baked in 350 degree oven for 20 min. Cut in half to make it easier to flip it over and baked another 5min and then a quick broil to brown it. Sliced it into 1" strips and served it that way. My family wasn't thrilled with the sauce so I made a quick peanut sate' sauce with a couple TBS Peanut butter water and milk to thin it down and a little splenda to sweeten it up. served with jasmine rice shredded carrots and zucchini as filling. They really liked it! I will make again but may try to use tortillas or crepes for the kids next time since they are not wild about lettuce. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/27/2003
My boyfriend absolutely adores this recipe. He likes the crunchy veggies and putting it all together. I think that the sauce is a little bland and I have added ginger and garlic and hot sauce to make it a bit spicier. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This was such a fun recipe! It was a hit at a dinner party I had this weekend. Also try it with the Thai Peanut Butter Sauce found on this site. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Great flavors. My husband and I both enjoyed these. Grilling the meatballs was a bit difficult but I'm sure that's our fault and had nothing to do with the recipe. Still good as leftovers. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/14/2004
The flavor was great. I also crumbled the meat to save time and effort. Used the food processor to slice and shred and used butter lettuce leaves instead of iceburg. But the lettuce tore very easy and it was a lot of work wrestling with it just to get a bite. Read More
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