Going Grain-Free + Cajun Turkey Lettuce Wraps (grain-free, low-carb, drizzled with Bolthouse Farms Honey Mustard Yogurt Dressing)

Going Grain-Free + Cajun Turkey Lettuce Wraps (grain-free, low-carb, drizzled with Bolthouse Farms Honey Mustard Yogurt Dressing)

You probably didn’t notice, but I’ve been posting fewer recipes with grains. Why? Because I’ve slowly cut all grains, even the whole ones, from my diet in the past few months.
You might ask, “Why would you do that? Whole grains are good for you! They provide your body with fiber and other nutrients.” 
Trust me. I used to think the same thing. However, in he past six months or so, grains have been causing me more trouble than good. 
After paying attention to how I felt after eating certain foods, I realized the extremely “full” feeling I had after eating grains probably wasn’t normal. I basically looked like I was pregnant even though I DEFINITELY wasn’t.
After realizing this about six months ago, I started to slowly reduce my grains intake. Then, I just stopped eating grains altogether one day in the beginning of June. And you know what? I feel GREAT. 
I haven’t experienced bloating, tiredness after eating, feelings of being hangry or cravings for sweets. Not to mention, my energy is pretty high all day. The few times I’ve eaten the number of grains I used to eat in one day, my stomach blew up like a balloon, and I just felt generally uncomfortable.
Although I never intended to go completely grain free, I did, and I’ve stuck with it for about six weeks. It’s not for everyone, but it’s working for me.
No, I’m not following a Paleo or low-carb diet. I still eat dairy (a no-no for Paleo) and carbs in the form of starchy veggies like sweet potatoes and fruit, especially after super tough workouts. Once or twice a week, I’ll have some whole-wheat pizza or a sandwich made with sprouted grain bread, but most days I don’t eat wheat, oats, rice, etc.
I’m not going to lie. It was HARD and took time to adjust to a grain-free diet since I basically lived on grains my entire life up to this point. However, I feel 1000 times better without grains, and the change gave me the opportunity to be creative in the kitchen, which is how the recipe for these Cajun Turkey Lettuce Wraps was born.
Cajun Turkey Lettuce Wraps from Hungry Gator Gal (grain-free, low-carb, drizzled with Bolthouse Farms Honey Mustard Yogurt Dressing)

If you like spicy Cajun food and Jimmy John’s “unwich,” you’ll LOVE these wraps.

Cajun Turkey Lettuce Wraps from Hungry Gator Gal (grain-free, low-carb, drizzled with Bolthouse Farms Honey Mustard Yogurt Dressing)

Who needs grainy bread when you’ve got crispy, crunchy lettuce? Yay for leafy greens!

Cajun Turkey Lettuce Wraps from Hungry Gator Gal (grain-free, low-carb, drizzled with Bolthouse Farms Honey Mustard Yogurt Dressing)

Let’s not forget about the generous drizzle of cool, creamy Bolthouse Farms Honey Mustard Yogurt Dressing on top (a.k.a. one of my favorite dressings on this planet).

Cajun Turkey Lettuce Wraps from Hungry Gator Gal (grain-free, low-carb, drizzled with Bolthouse Farms Honey Mustard Yogurt Dressing)
   
I made this meal for lunch one day and added bell pepper slices on the side for some extra crunch and because I’m eating A LOT more veggies because I’m not eating grains. You could also add a few chunks of extra sharp cheddar cheese. Cabot makes my favorite.
Cajun Turkey Lettuce Wraps from Hungry Gator Gal (grain-free, low-carb, drizzled with Bolthouse Farms Honey Mustard Yogurt Dressing)
Let me know if you give the recipe below a try. It’s perfect for an easy dinner and makes for tasty leftovers the next day for lunch . . . if you have leftovers ;). 

Cajun Turkey Lettuce Wraps (grain-free, low-carb,  drizzled with Bolthouse Farms Honey Mustard Yogurt Dressing)

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Serves four people

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pounds lean ground turkey (I buy the 93/7 variety.)
  • 1/3 cup your favorite barbecue sauce (I used Stubb’s Original.)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (Try to find a salt-free version, if possible.)
  • 1/2 cup green onion, thinly sliced
  • Two large leaves of romaine lettuce
  • 2-4 tablespoons Bolthouse Farms Honey Mustard Yogurt Dressing
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (for cooking the turkey)

Steps:

  1. Combine ground turkey, BBQ sauce, mustard, onion and all of the seasonings in a large bowl. Stir until well-combined, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to let the flavors “sink in.”
  2. After 30 minutes, heat oil in a large skillet on medium high heat.
  3. Add turkey to the skillet and cook until light brown (about 15-20 minutes). Stir the turkey every few minutes until it’s finished cooking.
  4. Wash your lettuce and place each leaf on a plate to make “boats.”
  5. Add a spoonful or two of turkey to each lettuce “boat.”
  6. Add a handful of green onions to each lettuce “boat.”
  7. Drizzle a tablespoon or two of the dressing on top of each wrap.
  8. Serve with cheddar cheese and extra veggies, if desired.

Question:

  1. Do you eat grain-free? Why or why not?


Helpful/ interesting articles about going grain free:

 

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Tomato Basil Turkey Burgers

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BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

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6 thoughts on “Going Grain-Free + Cajun Turkey Lettuce Wraps (grain-free, low-carb, drizzled with Bolthouse Farms Honey Mustard Yogurt Dressing)

  1. Anything with barbecue sauce and honey mustard is okay with me! I might try this out, though my husband will demand buns over lettuce. I generally limit my grain intake to one or two servings a day, but I'll never give it up completely. I'm a baker (hi! look for my cookie dough at the downtown farm market in the fall – even grain-free options!) and find the chemistry of baking has more integrity with flour; and sometimes a girl just needs a nice slice of sourdough slathered in Irish butter.

  2. Anything with barbecue sauce and honey mustard is good for me too! I was limiting myself to one serving of grains per day up until 6 weeks ago, but I realized even the one serving made my stomach blow up like a balloon, so for now I'm just not eating any grains.

    I like to bake too and have been fortunate to find a lot of recipes using coconut flour or other grain-free alternatives. The end results have tasted very similar to baked goods made with regular flour. I dare you to give some of them a try! 🙂

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