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Recipes for Back-to-School: Two Ways to Make Lettuce Wraps

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back to school recipesEvan-Moor employees have been sharing some of their favorite healthful recipes for busy school nights. Teera, in our Editorial department, shared two interesting takes on lettuce wraps! These recipes are quick to prepare and perfect for a healthy mid-week dinner.

 

Vegetable Lettuce Wraps

1 head iceberg lettuce
½ an onion, diced
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, grated or pureed
2 Tbsp. fresh garlic, finely minced
2 cups mushrooms, chopped
1 cup shredded carrot
1 small can water chestnuts
2 celery stalks, finely minced
1 red bell pepper, finely minced
1 Tbsp. vegetable broth
2 tsp. hoisin
1 Tbsp. sesame oil (optional)
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. vinegar
red chili flakes (optional)
2 cups mung bean sprouts
scallions to taste, chopped
½ cup cashews or any other nut (optional)
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Rinse and separate lettuce leaves. Set aside to dry.
  2. In a large pan over medium heat, sauté onion in the olive oil until soft.
  3. Add ginger and garlic. Heat for 20 seconds.
  4. Add mushrooms, carrots, water chestnuts, celery, bell pepper, and broth. Sauté for 5–10 minutes.
  5. Stir in hoisin, sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, and chili flakes. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in bean sprouts, scallions, and nuts. Then remove from heat. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Spoon an individual serving of mixture onto a lettuce leaf. Fold lettuce leaf over mixture and enjoy!

Serves: 6

 

Raw Tacos

1 head iceberg lettuce
1 tomato, finely diced
1 cucumber, finely diced
1 red pepper, finely diced
1 jalapeno, seeded, finely minced
2 Tbsp garlic, finely minced
½ bunch scallions, finely minced
½ cup walnuts or any other nut (optional)
a pinch red chili flakes
juice from 1 lemon or lime
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. cumin
2 Tbsp. chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste
Salsa or taco sauce (optional)

  1. Rinse and separate lettuce leaves. Set aside to dry.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Spoon an individual serving of mixture onto a lettuce leaf. Top with salsa or taco sauce if desired.
  4. Fold lettuce leaf like a taco or lettuce wrap and enjoy!

Serves: 4

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