After a long (ahem !) debate about whether to get a roomba or not, dear husband convinced me with some pretty good calculations of time and cost that getting it is a good idea. Well we got the roomba and I was curious to open the package as we were watching the new Louis CK stand up show on Netflix. It is a cute little robot vacuum, I must admit and initially I was a bit skeptical about its capability to clean up the entire house. I opened the package, pulled out the tabs that presumably held the batteries from engaging and as I was trying to inspect it, I got my finger stuck in the wheel. I panicked a little but eventually freed my finger from the robot. Watching the roomba clean the house for the first time was an interesting experience. It is like watching an obsessed minion doing something repeatedly. It was funny watching the thing go over the same spot of the hardwood floor with a small amount of scratches (probably because the sensors picked it up as dirt or something). I was on face-time with mom and she remembered how the roomba they saw at my sister’s place was doing something similar.
I love wraps. All kinds of warps and rolls. I like that they are super easy to prepare, pack and eat. It is one of my go to means for a quick snack anytime of the day. Back in India, we have a famous chain of food vendors called Kati Rolls. They are very very good. The husband always talks about this food vendor they had at his office when he worked in Bangalore and how they used to grab quick lunches or evening snacks. I was thinking about making some version of it that was different than regular rolls. If you remember that I mentioned this Latin american restaurant we visited a few weeks ago and I loved their yucca fries. Well, I love banana chips and saw plantains at the grocery store and wanted to use them in a recipe.
All this resulted in today’s recipe – Lettuce turkey wrap with fried plantains. I love adding some spicy guacamole for the extra kick and cilantro to liven it up. It has all the right things going on in terms of flavor and I get my daily recommended dose of carbs and protein. It is tasty, easy to prepare and filling.
- 2 Plantains
- 1 1/2 tbsp Oil
- 1 tsp Turmeric powder
- 1 lb or 450 gm of ground turkey / chicken
- 1 Egg (medium size)
- 1 tsp Cumin powder
- 1 tsp Coriander powder
- 2 Chipotle peppers
- 2 Garlic cloves
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 Avocado (large)
- 2 tbsp Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
- 1/2 cup Cilantro / Coriander
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Pepper
- 5 Lettuce leaves
- 1 Lime
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Serving size 5
Cook time 30 min
Prep time 20 min
Passive time 5 min
Recipe level Intermediate
Spice level 4 (On a scale of 1 to 6)
Shelf life 1-2 days in refrigerator using separate air tight containers.
Serving suggestion Warm
- Start off by peeling the plantain.
- I used a knife to cut on the ridges of the skin of plantain and then used a spoon to lift the skin from the inside part.
- Cut the plantains into halves and boil in water for 15-20 min.
- In a mixing bowl add the ground turkey, chipotle peppers, salt, garlic, cumin powder, coriander powder and an egg. Mix well until thoroughly combined.
- Cover the bowl with a sarang wrap and set it aside to marinate.
- Take out the boiled plantains from the pot and after they cool down, cut them into small cubes.
- To a sauce pan add oil, turmeric powder and the plantain. Mix well and cook on medium heat for 10-15 min until they turn soft and tender.
- Meanwhile to prepare the guacamole, mash the avocado in a mixing bowl. Add lemon juice, salt, pepper and cilantro. Mix well and set it aside.
- Heat oil in the same sauce pan. Make 2 inch patties with the turkey mixture and cook them on medium to high heat for 5-8 min on each side until they turn brown and cooked through.
- Begin to make a lettuce wrap with plantain as the base followed by the chipotle turkey patty and then top it off with guacamole and a squirt of lime juice.
- I used a tooth pick in the center of the wrap to hold everything into a wrap.
There you have it. An easy to prepare and healthy alternative to regular boring wraps.
- I used canned chipotle peppers and peanut oil for this recipe.
- You can make it more spicy by adding some jalapenos to the guacamole if you prefer.
- The lettuce leaves tend to become soggy once coming in contact with the salt of the filling. I would suggest to prepare them fresh when ever needed.
- The plantain and turkey patties can be stored in an air tight container after they cool down. They stay good for 3 days in the fridge.
- The plantain cubes would become a little hard once cooled down. But they can be heated up along with the turkey patty to soften a little before making a wrap.
As usual, do let me know in comments – how you liked this recipe. I would love to hear from you.
Enjoy healthy and delicious lettuce wraps !!