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15-Minute Turkey Cranberry Lettuce Wraps

Yield 3 -4

Fast, simple, and ultra flavorful, 15-Minute Turkey Cranberry Lettuce Wraps make a delicious weeknight meal and come together in just minutes.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt divided
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced or grated
  • 1 pound ground dark or light meat turkey
  • ¼ cup dried unsweetened or apple juice sweetened cranberries*
  • Juice of half a lime about 1 tablespoon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1 head butter lettuce or radicchio


  • In a large pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt, and sauté, stirring frequently, until translucent and cooked through, about 5-8 minutes.
  • Add an additional 1 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, and turkey. Sprinkle with an additional ¼ teaspoon salt, then sauté, stirring occasionally, until the turkey is browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the cranberries, lime juice, and sage, stirring to combine.
  • Serve warm, wrapped in lettuce cups.


*I buy unsweetened cranberries in the bulk section of my local natural foods market. If that's not an option for you, you can order a completely unsweetened, 1-lb bag here (worth it if you also want to have them on hand for other recipes and snacking). Or, you can go for apple juice sweetened cranberry (I love these or these for this recipe and for snacking). Of course, feel free to use regular sweetened cranberries if that's all you can find, the final results will still taste great and will only add a minimal amount of refined sugar.
Pull aside some of the cooked turkey and onion mixture prior to adding the lime juice, cranberries, and sage. Serve the turkey "meatballs," along with the cranberries separately on a plate.
Lettuce wraps are a fun way to entice kids to eat their veggies, but if your child isn't going for it, offer them tortillas as an alternative.
Round out the meal with cooked quinoa or brown rice.

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