Some days I eat salads and go to the gym, some days I chase 3 pounds of bacon with a couple dozen beers and refuse to put pants on. It’s called balance.
Okay, so I may not chase 3 pounds of bacon with a pack of beer, but it’s the concept that counts.
I am constantly looking at different ways to satisfy my cravings without going overboard.
EX: When Ryan and I started dating we ate Jimmy John’s at minimum 1 night a week (most weeks 2). We love their bread, fast delivery & it was THE BEST late night after a night at the bars.
I still get a craving for Jimmy John’s every once and a while and when I go, I normally opt for the lettuce wrapped sandwich instead of their normal sandwich.
My bank account & my cravings don’t always agree though so in an effort to not spend all of my pay checks on food, I decided to make my favorite lettuce wrapped sandwich at home.
These Turkey Bacon Ranch Lettuce Wraps are my new go-to lunch on the weekends. It is not only incredibly easy to make, but it also is healthy & a good macro-friendly substitute for the real thing!
How to make the best Turkey Bacon Ranch Lettuce Wraps you will every have:
To start, go ahead and make your greek ranch dressing.
This the key to making this “sandwich” perfection. My secret healthy ranch dressing is a game changes & completes the lettuce wraps!
After making the dressing, store it in the refrigerator until it is needed later.
Next, cook your bacon in a non-stick pan over medium heat. I cut my pieces in half to create 4 smaller pieces of bacon, you can stick with 2 if that is your preference. When your bacon is fully cooked, place it on a paper towel to remove any excess oil and set aside until you are ready to make your lettuce wraps.
Finally de-core your head of lettuce, slice your tomato & red onion.
How to assemble your Turkey Bacon Lettuce Wraps:
To assemble your lettuce wraps begin by sitting out a large piece of parchment paper.
Lay 5-6 pieces of lettuce in the middle of the parchment paper doing your best to make it lay like a square with a depth 2-3 pieces of lettuce.
Next, add 1-2 tablespoons of greek ranch dressing onto the lettuce.
Top the dressing with your cheese & tomatoes.
Then add your red onion slices.
Finally, add your turkey & bacon to the lettuce wraps.
Now: To wrap up this sucker.
This may be the hardest part but it is worth the effort, I promise!
To wrap your “sandwich”, begin by folding the top and bottom sides of your square in to the middle of the lettuce. Next moving from one side to the other tightly roll your lettuce until all ingredients are completely covered (think Moe’s burrito tight).
Finally, take your parchment paper and repeat the steps to create a tight hold on your lettuce wraps.
Using a sharp knife, cut your wrap in half and secure with toothpicks. Serve & enjoy!
These Turkey Bacon Ranch Lettuce Wraps have become a staple in my house lately. You can’t beat a quick, high protein, low fat & low carb meal. It will fill you up completely without leaving your feeling bloated from all of the bread!
- 6 leaves lettuce
- 3 oz turkey, oven roasted
- 2 slices bacon
- 2 slices cheese, per your preference
- 2 slices tomato
- 2 tbsp greek ranch*
- 2 tbsp red onion, sliced thin
If you have not yet made your greek ranch* do so now!
Into a non-stick skillet over medium heat, add 2 slices of bacon. (I cut my slices in half to make cooking easier).
Flip your bacon after 2-3 minutes and continue cooking on other side.
When bacon is cooked, place it on a paper towel to remove excess oil and set aside.
Carefully de-core a head of lettuce (you can do this by turning the head of lettuce upside down and cutting around the core and pulling it out.)
Remove 5-6 leaves from the head and layer them on top of a piece of parchment paper in a large square that is 2 pieces of lettuce thick.
Next, add greek ranch to the lettuce (spread it out horizontally across the middle of the lettuce).
Lay your cheese on top of the dressing, followed by tomato slices and red onions.
Next, lay your turkey meat onto the lettuce wrap. Top with bacon.
To wrap your Turkey Bacon Ranch Lettuce Wraps you want to think about how they roll a burrito at Chipotle or Moe's. Fold your lettuce from the top and bottom of the lettuce wraps towards the middle. Then tightly roll the lettuce starting from the left side until it is a solid burrito shaped roll.
Tightly wrap your parchment paper around the lettuce wrap to secure it. Cut the parchment paper/lettuce wrap in half and secure the halves with a toothpick. Serve and enjoy!