I am really excited to be creating a dish for Fresh, Healthy & Fit!
Eating healthy and feeling good is right up there for me, so spending some time putting this together for other health lovers out there was a treat.
The weather here in Oregon has been beautiful, and I am really fortunate to be able to spend most of my day outside planting new crops, pulling weeds and getting my hands dirty–the best kind of dirty! All of this inspired me to create something fresh, letting the simple and delicious ingredients speak for themselves.
The recipe only takes 10-15 minutes, and it’s very easy to make!
THE LETTUCE WRAPS
To make the lettuce wraps, you’ll need…
1 Head of lettuce (whatever kind you use is fine, as long as it has big enough leaves to serve as the ‘wrap’)
1 Each, red and yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced
1 Carrot, shredded or thinly sliced
1 Package (8oz) of buckwheat soba noodles (or whatever kind of Asian noodle you prefer)
1/4 Cup mint, minced.
THE PEANUT SAUCE
1 ½ oz of peanut butter (Organic and sugar free! Be careful with peanut butter as a lot of companies sneak in a ton of sugar. Read the ingredients first!)
1½ Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tsp fresh squeezed lime juice (cut off slices for garnish before squeezing)2 Tsp sesame oil
1 Tsp Sriracha (for added kick, use 2)
1 Tsp raw agave (or raw honey)
(Taste and adjust as needed.)
Here’s how you make healthy lettuce wraps:
1. Cook noodles per directions on the package.
2. While noodles are cooking, make the peanut sauce and set aside. Toss the chopped peppers and carrot into a little bit of sesame oil and season lightly with salt.
3. When noodles are done cooking, rinse them under cool water and toss in the peanut sauce.
4. Lay two leaves of lettuce in a bowl or on a plate and fill with noodles first, followed by cut veggies and mint. Top with lime wedge as garnish.
These vegetarian-friendly lettuce wraps are can be easily adapted to please those who are a little more protein hungry. Throw in some tofu, chicken or steak if you want. Enjoy!
Chef Lauren regularly posts delicious creations on her own blog: http://honestfoodie.wordpress.com/