The Chinese restaurant chain, PF Chang, offers a lettuce wrap appetizer on its menu that is gluten free and vegetarian/vegan. I've tasted it, and I liked it, so when my friend Paula told me she had a good recipe for a lettuce wrap, I wanted to try making it.
I used small brown lentils for the protein, but it's the fresh ginger and garlic that really make this recipe rock! It not only tastes great, it's easy to make, nutritious, cuts down on carbohydrates by wrapping the lentil salad in lettuce, and adds some healthy greens to your menu. Perfect for part of a vegetarian/vegan dinner or a starter for any type of dinner. Of course the recipe is gluten free.
Isn't is wonderful how ethnic recipes call for the use of fresh herbs and spices? Fresh herbs and spices not only provide fabulous flavor, but they also reward you with vital heath benefits.
Did you know ?
Herbs have some medicinal properties and are known to help boost immunity and fight germs and toxins. Herbs are little powerhouses of nutrients and antioxidants that boost the value of your meals.
Never used Fresh Ginger ? Although a piece of fresh ginger root looks very odd, don't let it intimidate you. Just break off a piece the size you want in the produce isle and bring it home. It's easy to peel and use.
To peel: Take the back of a spoon and then just scrape the amount of ginger you want to use. The skin will scrape right off. Then cut the peeled part off the root and dice it or leave it on the root and grate it. Either way, it's easy.
Immune Builder: Fresh ginger is fragrant, delicious and very nutritious, so if you like it, use it as much as you can. In addition once peeled, fresh ginger can be frozen for future use. A piece of fresh ginger usually will stay in the refrigerator for about 3 weeks .
For this recipe you will need about a half of a finger's worth of that odd shaped root.
3 Tablespoons of organic gluten free Tamari Sauce or ( GF soy sauce)
1 teaspoon of raw honey
2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
2 Teaspoons of organic tapioca starch or organic corn starch
2 cups of cooked brown lentils, drained ( do not over cook)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons freshly grated ginger
1 Tablespoon of fresh garlic, chopped or pressed
1/4 teaspoon or more or less according to your tolerance of red pepper flakes
3-4 Tablespoons of finely chopped green onion
1/2 tsp of freshly cracked pepper
1 Tablespoon of 21 Salute ( salt free seasoning that I get at Trader Joe's) or use Mrs. Dash
3 Tablespoons of fresh cilantro , chopped for garnish
20 cup shaped lettuce leaves ( Bibb, Boston, etc) washed and dried
1. In a small bowl combine the organic soy sauce, honey,apple cider vinegar, and starch.Stir until everything is dissolved.
2. Add the mixture to the drained lentils, adding the remaining spices and stir well . Allow lentils to marinate for a minimum of 15 minutes.Set aside.
3. In a skillet, add the olive oil and when the olive oil is really hot, quickly add the grated fresh ginger and garlic for about 40 seconds stirring constantly. Add lentil mixture to the skillet and stir with a wooden spoon until well heated. Remove lentils and add a spoonful of filling to each lettuce cup .
Garnish with fresh cilantro if desired.
Paula saw this recipe in a newspaper called the Inquirer ( Philadelphia) which credited a cookbook called Quick and Easy Chinese- I adapted the recipe to make it gluten free and vegan.
Do you have a recipe for vegan lettuce wraps?
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|cook lentils according to package, drain and set aside ( do not overcook)|
|Measure 2 and half cups of cooked lentils|
|Organic gluten FreeTamari Sauce ( similar to soy sauce)|
|Lentils removed from skillet after tossing quickly with garlic, fresh ginger, and scallions|
|Lentil mixture eaten in a lettuce leaf ( I used organic Romaine)|
|These were spicy and delicious! Yum|
Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor and the information on this blog is for educational purposes only. If you need medical advice check with your doctor . And check with your doctor before adding any herb or food to your diet.
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