Ok lets be honest. Truth, I couldn’t keep my fingers out of the pan while I was cooking these. They are that good! I have been making these for about 2,5756 years. Ok, not that many, but for at least 2,000 years. Most of my friends have had these and they are always a hit.
Lettuce wraps are great to have when you have company. It is a “social food” as I like to call it. Everyone gets messy and interactive with each other. They are fun because you can stuff your lettuce with any of the options that are on the table and make it a personal wrap!
Do you ever have a problem getting your kids to eat salad? Problem Solved! They won’t realize that what they are actually eating is a big fat salad and it doesn’t even have dressing. Ha! You show them who’s boss. Ok stop it already, we know you didn’t show them who was boss, you just took advantage of their naive little soul and tricked them. Who cares, it worked!
I remember being a kid and hating my vegetables. Parents are just the worst aren’t they? Trying to make us so healthy. Its disgusting. In the case that I was ever presented with vegetables on my plate one of two things would happen. I would either hold the vegetables in my mouth and excuse myself from the table to go to the bathroom while spitting the vegetables into a tissue and flushing it down the good ol’ john or my Mom would eat them off my plate while my Dad wasn’t looking.
As much as I hated vegetables as a child, today I love them! Even brussels sprouts!
Lets get down to the nitty gritty! Here’s the deal with these lettuce wraps. They will blow your mind! These lettuce wraps have it all. They have ginger, green onions, garlic, hot sauce, coconut aminos (we will get to that in a minute), cashews, and mango salsa; all wrapped in crunchy iceberg lettuce and cabbage. Yum!
As I said previously I make these with Coconut Aminos. In my opinion this is the best soy sauce alternative in the world. Why you ask? Are you ready for this? It is gluten-free and soy free, certified organic, has 17 naturally occurring amino acids, is raw (meaning there are living enzymes in it), has minerals, has almost a neutral pH and has an enormous source of vitamins B and C. Coconut Aminos is made straight from coconut sap that has been aged and blended with Mineral Rich Sea Salt that has been sun-dried. What else can I say? Coconut Aminos is amazing!
Enjoy this recipe and have a great weekend!
- LETTUCE WRAPS
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 1/4 pounds ground beef or turkey
- 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 3 tablespoons ginger, chopped
- 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice
- 1/4 cup Coconut Aminos
- 4 dashes of hot sauce
- 1 head of iceberg, cabbage, or romaine lettuce (cored and cut into quarters)
- 1/2 cup broken cashews
- 1 can water chestnuts, quartered or halved
- MANGO SALSA
- 1 mango, diced into 1/2 inch cubes
- 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
- Juice of 1/2 a lime
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon jalapeño, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- Pinch of Himalayan salt
- LETTUCE WRAPS
- Heat 2 tablespoons of coconut oil is a very large pan
- Cook your ground meat in the pan about 5 minutes until browned
- Add in the scallions, ginger, and garlic and cook for 2 minutes
- Add in the peanut butter and stir until it has coated everything
- Add in the water chestnuts, unsweetened apple juice, coconut aminos and hot sauce
- Cook on low heat for a few more minutes to allow time for all the flavors to combine
- Serve with lettuce wedges, broken cashews, mango salsa and extra hot sauce
- MANGO SALSA
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix!