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 every week or so, I'll have 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.
If you like spicy Cajun food and Jimmy John's "unwich," you'll LOVE these wraps.
Who needs grainy bread when you've got crispy, crunchy lettuce? Yay for leafy greens!
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).
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.
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
- 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)
- 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."
- After 30 minutes, heat oil in a large skillet on medium high heat.
- 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.
- Wash your lettuce and place each leaf on a plate to make "boats."
- Add a spoonful or two of turkey to each lettuce "boat."
- Add a handful of green onions to each lettuce "boat."
- Drizzle a tablespoon or two of the dressing on top of each wrap.
- Serve with cheddar cheese and extra veggies, if desired.
- Do you eat grain-free? Why or why not?
Helpful/ interesting articles about going grain free:
- Janelle on Going Grain Free!
- Top 8 Most Common Reactions to Your Grain-Free Diet (and How to Respond)
- Go Grain Free
Related HGG Recipes:
Tomato Basil Turkey Burgers
BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
Spicy Salsa Meatloaf