Luau Turkey Tacos (Monday Meals)

I don’t know about you but I LOVES me some Biggest Loser.  I get so excited for them when they drop double digits or make it to “wonderland” or drop 100lbs total.  For the last two weeks, they have been in Hawaii so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that one of the recipes featured had some pineapple yumminess.  It also shouldn’t surprise you that while the original was done with lettuce leaves, I used good old whole-wheat wraps.  I am who I am (please see the name of this blog).

This recipe is a little more labor intensive than what I normally put together but only because there are so many things to chop and dice.  Once the prep work is done, it’s pretty easy to assemble.

Turkey Filling:
1 1/3lbs lean ground turkey
1 red pepper, finely diced
1/2 medium yellow onion, finely diced and separated (use 3/4 for the turkey and save the rest for the salsa)
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1/4 cup white wine
1/teaspoon powdered ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon dried cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

In a large, nonstick pan, cook the ground turkey over medium heat for about 3 minutes – breaking it up as you go, it will still be a little pink. Add in the bell pepper, garlic, onion (holding some aside for the salsa), ginger and chili flakes and mix together allowing to cook for another couple of minutes. Add in the wine and cook for two minutes, or until most of it has evaporated. Do the same with the soy sauce. Make sure the turkey is completely brown – cooked through. Then mix in the cilantro, salt and pepper.

Pineapple Salsa:
2 cups finely diced pineapple (see photo above)
12 cherry tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup diced onion (or however much you saved from the above)
the juice of one lime (approx. two tablespoons)
1 tablespoon wine (you can substitute with rice wine vinegar but where’s the fun in that)
1/2 tablespoon dried cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

Chuck it all in a bowl and toss.

The assembly is pretty self explanatory. My son LOVED it – his little face was covered in cilantro, it was too cute. My daughter couldn’t have any because of the soy sauce. I have to find some gluten free soy sauce for her. My husband said he wished he had some hot sauce to balance the sweetness of the pineapple. We will certainly make this again, so he will have his chance.

Enjoy!

Yes, that is wine in a water glass. If you have kids, you’ll understand.

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