Teriyaki Turkey Lettuce Wraps (Paleo & Gluten Free)

My girl Haley is a genius at budget-friendly recipes that are tasty AND good for your pocketbook. Some of you know that I, too, have been on a cave-man type of diet for several months. So to have her creating recipes focusing on veggies and meats is exciting for me. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with! ~Janel

Teriyaki Turkey Lettuce Wraps (Paleo & Gluten Free!)

Ever since I started a Paleo diet a few weeks ago, I’ve been taking inventory of Paleo-friendly recipes that I already love. Recipes that I have made in the past that fit the low-carb, high-protein, lots-of-veggies Paleo formula. On the top of that list is lettuce wraps.

These lettuce wraps are filled with a delicious teriyaki turkey mixture. I used coconut aminos for flavoring – a vegan, gluten-free, soy-free alternative to soy sauce. For a cheaper version of this recipe, stick to soy sauce.

And I should mention – you can certainly play around with the amounts of spices and flavorings here. If you want a spicier mixture, add some sriracha or cayenne pepper. Or add more garlic. Or sweetener. You get the idea!

Real Life Paleo

While I’m striving to eat the Paleo way 100 percent of the time, it’s not always possible or convenient. Eating out can be a challenge. Going over to a friend’s house for dinner can be awkward if you are served something that is not caveman-approved. And what about pizza? Pizza!?

Regardless of how strict I am, I know that I am eating a lot healthier than before. Much less sugar, very few grains, and very little dairy. I’m eating this anti-inflammatory diet to help me with a serious back injury.

If you’re considering the Paleo diet – or if you’re already doing it – don’t beat yourself up if you make a “mistake” here and there. This is real life, after all. Strive for eating healthy 80 percent of the time, and you’re well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

Make this delicious lettuce wrap filling out of paleo-friendly ingredients. A great appetizer!

Are you trying to save money on food? Are you trying to eat an anti-inflammatory or Paleo diet? Either way, be sure to check out my blog for some inspiration. My goal is to eat on a budget in the most delicious way possible. And now I’m experimenting with some budget-friendly Paleo recipes. Wish me luck – and follow along!

Teriyaki Turkey Lettuce Wraps (Paleo & Gluten Free!)

Teriyaki Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Prep Time | 10 minutes
Cook Time | 10 minutes
Total Time | 20 minutes
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Paleo and gluten-free lettuce wraps that come together in about 20 minutes.


  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 small white onion chopped
  • 2 medium carrots shredded
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons raw sugar or other sweetener
  • Romaine lettuce leaves for serving
  • Chow mein noodles for serving (optional)
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  • Heat coconut oil in large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and carrots and cook for about two minutes. Add turkey and stir, chopping it up as you go.
  • Add garlic powder, coconut aminos, and sugar. Stir and continue chopping up the turkey. Cook for about 5 minutes, until turkey is cooked.
  • Serve on romaine lettuce leaves, with chow mein noodles on top.


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