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Mu Shu Lettuce Wraps – Low Carb and Delicious

Wow…Wait until you taste this delectable recipe! It’s a low carb, calorie and fat variation of Mu Shu chicken or pork using lean ground turkey breast and lettuce leaves instead of white tortilla-like wrappers.  Leftovers taste great reheated for lunch the next day. Each lettuce wrap, only 73 calories, 1 gram of fat and 2 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS.  Here’s to yummy lunch, dinner or appetizer the whole family will enjoy!

Mu Shu Lettuce Wraps - Low Carb and Delicious

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients for Wraps:

Cooking spray

1 pound 99% fat-free ground turkey breast

½ cup plus 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce, see shopping tip

1 tablespoon ginger (from a jar) or fresh grated ginger root, see shopping

½ cup unsweetened apple juice

5 cups shredded cabbage

1½ cups shredded carrots

14 leaves Boston lettuce (about 1½ heads) washed, dried and leaves separated, see shopping tip

Ingredients for Toppings:

½ cup chopped scallions

⅓ cup Asian plum sauce (optional), see shopping tip


1. Coat a large nonstick pan with cooking spray. Brown ground turkey over medium-high heat, breaking up the pieces. When cooked and cool enough to handle, break up turkey pieces until minced.
Stir in hoisin sauce, ginger, apple juice, cabbage and carrots; cook 4 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly, until cabbage is crisp-tender.

2. To assemble each lettuce wrap: Spoon ⅓ cup of turkey filling onto 1 lettuce leaf. Add a little scallions on top of each. If desired, drizzle 1 teaspoon plum sauce over the top.

Makes 14 wraps

Food Facts

Mu Shu pork (also spelled moo shu pork or mu xu pork) is a dish of northern Chinese origin. It is believed to have first appeared on the menus of Chinese restaurants in the US in the late 1960s.  Since then, it’s been s a real staple of American Chinese cuisine.

The large, sweet leaves of Boston lettuce are buttery textured, soft and tender. This lettuce is a popular choice for use as wraps for appetizers and hors d’oeuvres and it’s frequently paired with fruits and creamy cheeses. Since it can be easily bruised it’s package it in protective plastic containers called “clamshells.”

Shopping Tips

Most supermarkets sell in the produce section, plastic containers of Boston lettuce leaves. You’ll use about 1½ heads washed and dried. You need a total of 14 leaves for this recipe.

Hoisin sauce can be found in the Asian section of the supermarket.

Plum sauce can be found in the Asian section of the supermarket. It’s totally optional to use and if you leave it out, these wraps still taste amazing!

Ginger (in a jar) is a terrific product and can be found in the produce section of the supermarket.

Weight Watchers
(old points) 1

Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 2

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 lettuce wrap (not including plum sauce)
73 calories, 1g fat, 9g protein, 8g carbs, 1g fiber, 179mg sodium, 4g sugar

FAT FACTS: for 1 P. F. Chang’s Mu Shu Pork with pancake
310 calories, 17g fat, 13g protein, 27g carbs, 2g fiber, 1722mg sodium, 0g sugar

Find more skinny and delicious recipes on Nancy Fox’s website, Skinny Kitchen

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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