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Healthy Asian Lettuce Wraps, Food Gypsy

Healthy Asian Lettuce Wraps

Fresh, fast, light and super tasty, Healthy Asian Lettuce Wraps are made for summer living. The secret is in the sauce, packed with garlic, ginger and deep umami flavour, it’s a low-carb meal in under 30 minutes! 

Asian Lettuce Wraps Ingredients, Food-Gypsy

Mix It Up

Inspired by PF Chang’s famous Chicken Lettuce Wraps, it’s a cheap and easy recipe. I’ve used ground pork here, but it’s an easy swap-out to substitute whatever ground protein you like, chicken or lean ground beef.  The flavour works either way.

Or if you’re wanting to take the next step in Healthy Asian Lettuce Wraps; change out the meat and opt for tofu, or more mushrooms, for pure plant goodness.

The same goes for the shitake mushrooms.  If you can’t find shitake mushrooms, use whatever mushrooms you like, just chop them up fine, and no one will be the wiser.  Once the protein mix is sauced and cooked, no one cares what kind of mushrooms you use.

Water chestnuts, not your thing? How do you feel about celery? It needs a little something to add a bit of crunch!

Low Carb Life

Looking to shed a few pounds after weeks of indulgence… and one too many cake recipes. Honest-to-God, I don’t know how cake bloggers do it!  Tight pants tell no lies.

Shifting to a low carb, high protein diet always works for me, and surprisingly, the man in my life actually liked these Healthy Asian Lettuce Wraps! If messy fall-in-your-lap lettuce wraps aren’t for you, try it as a hot-cold salad. Cold lettuce on the bottom, hot filling on top, serve with a squeeze of lime and drizzle with a bit of extra sesame oil for an instant, in the bowl vinaigrette.

@thefoodgypsy

After 2 weeks of cake videos. DIET TIME! #lowcarbstateofmind #feelingchubby #eathealthy

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Fast & Easy

Want to make ahead? Do it. The hot meat filling is easily made ahead of time. You can reheat it in a pan or zap it quickly in the microwave.

Can you freeze it? The Asian Lettuce Wraps filling easily freezes. Just thaw and reheat for an easy, healthy meal any time!

@thefoodgypsy

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Another fast and delicious way to beat the summer heat, and eat WELL – Healthy Asian Lettuce Wraps. Chop it. Mix it. Cook it. Sauce it. Serve it!

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Healthy Asian Lettuce Wraps


  • Author: Cori Horton
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Description

Fresh, fast, light, and super tasty, Healthy Asian Lettuce Wraps are made for summer living. The secret is in the sauce, packed with garlic, ginger, and deep umami flavour, it’s a low-carb meal in under 30 minutes! 


Ingredients

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FOR THE FILLING

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • ½ teaspoon white pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms diced
  • 1 (8 oz) can water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • 1 carrot, cut thin, short julienne or grated
  • ½ sweet pepper, yellow or red, cut thin, short julienne
  • 23  green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce  leaves washed and cut to size (see note)

FOR THE SAUCE

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2  tablespoons soy sauce or Tamari (gluten-free)
  • 1 rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon lightly packed fresh ginger, minced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 shallot diced

TO GARNISH

  • Lime
  • Sesame seeds
  • Asian hot sauce, like Siracha

Instructions

  1. Prep your ingredients: mince garlic, ginger & shallot. De-stem and chop mushrooms, drain and chop water chestnuts, cut pepper and carrot into short julienne.
  2. In a small bowl or measuring cup combine 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, soy sauce, hoisin sauce & rice vinegar along with your garlic, ginger & shallot. Stir to combine and reserve.
  3. Prep lettuce leaves, washing and trimming as needed then store cold until needed.
  4. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add second tablespoon of sesame. Once oil is hot, add ground pork or chicken.Break up meat into small, easy to eat bits with a wooden spoon or spatula as it cooks. Season lightly with white pepper. Cook until meat is translucent and turn as needed to cook all raw bits.
  5. Add your vegetables to the meat mixture starting with the shitake mushrooms, water chestnuts then add carrot and sweet pepper. Toss and cook for about two minutes.
  6. Reduce temperature to medium low and add green onions followed immediately by your sauce. Stir to combine then distribute evenly over pan and let simmer for 2 – 3 minutes, stirring as needed then remove from heat.
  7. Arrange lettuce leaves on a waiting serving dish. Scoop warm wrap filling on to each leaf and place on plate. Finish with sesame seeds, serve with lime wedges and/or hot sauce.

Notes

Notes on Lettuce: Use your favorite lettuce, Romaine holds well against the heat, so it works well.  You can trim the stem, and use just the deeper, leafy portion, but I kind of like the stem as a convenient ‘handle’. Boston and Leaf Lettuce works very well for warps, with the nice deep pockets in the larger leaves. Makes it easier to hold and munch.

  • Category: Mains
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: Asian Lettuce Wrap,

@thefoodgypsy

After 2 weeks of cake videos. DIET TIME! #lowcarbstateofmind #feelingchubby #eathealthy

♬ original sound – Food Gypsy

Cori Horton

Cooking in her home kitchen just outside Ottawa, Canada; Cori Horton is a food photographer and recipe blogger. A Cordon Bleu-trained Chef, Cori spent five years as the owner of Nova Scotia's Dragonfly Inn and has been sharing all things delicious - right here - since 2010.

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