Sunday, February 15, 2015

Lettuce Wraps - Updates to an Old Favorite

Nothing like a stomach bug to kick off your weight loss, eh? Seriously, I know it's gross, and it's all water weight, but whenever I finally am able to pull myself out of bed I can't help but step onto the scale and see the damage that's been done. And then I decide to try to keep it off by slowly nudging myself back to the gym, and eating healthier. Sometimes it lasts.

As I've said before, low carb is so much easier for me than low cal. I feel like I can get way more satisfying meals that are protein and plant based, rather than trying to calculate calories in my head, but that's just me!


And the epitome of a low carb meal is definitely the lettuce wrap.

If you've been around here for a (long) while, you may remember this recipe. It makes a regular appearance on my kitchen table, and I decided it was time for an update, since those photos are pretty awful...



The sauce is to DIE for, though. Use it on these wraps, or as a dressing, in a sandwich, by the spoonful... you'll want to, trust me.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

  • 1 lb Chicken tenders, cut into bite sized cubes
  • 1 head Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce) 
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms, diced
  • 1 tbsp green onion, sliced
  • Optional: 1/4 cup water chestnuts and/or bamboo shoots, diced
  • Pine Nuts (or nuts of choice) for topping

-Mix broth, garlic, coconut aminos, lemon juice and ginger and pour over chicken. Marinade for 30 mins to 1 hour. Shorter is fine, but the longer the better for the flavors to really seep in.

-Heat oil in medium skillet or wok to medium-high heat. Add marinated chicken and stir-fry until browned and cooked through.

-Toss in all veggies and cook until desired texture is reached. Drain excess water, or use a slurry of 1 tbsp water with 1 tbsp corn starch and mix in to form a sauce.

-Sprinkle with Pine Nuts and serve with rice and Sriracha Sunbutter sauce.

Sriracha Sunbutter Sauce

  • 1/4 cup sunbutter (or peanut butter)
  • 3 tbsp chicken broth
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tbsp Sriracha Sauce

-Combine sunbutter and broth with honey in small sauce pan over medium heat.  Mix until honey and sunbutter are well blended. Remove from heat, add lemon juice, garlic, Sriracha and coconut aminos. If too thick, add a bit more broth. Mix well and set aside to cool.

30 comments:

  1. Ill wrap anything in lettuce, ad these sound perfect!

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  2. I really must get into lettuce wraps these look delicious and so much healthier than using tortillas. I too really need to go back to some old posts and take new photos some of the old ones are really scary!!!!!

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    1. Haha I know what you mean! Why did I ever think people wanted to look at gross flash-faded food pics, ugh.

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  3. Oh gosh, I'm so sorry you were sick! I bet it feels really good though to be able to enjoy healthy and flavorful foods like this again. These wraps sound so delicious! Stay well, hon!

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    1. I will try, allergies hitting me hard now though unfortunately.

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  4. ugh, sorry you've been sick. no fun! i love lettuce wraps. these sound great :)

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  5. I always jump on the scales after I've been sick. I guess it kind of makes me feel a little better about feeling so horrible. These lettuce wraps look tasty. I can't get enough of lettuce wraps!

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  6. That sauce looks as good as it sounds! I hope you are feeling better.

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  7. I love lettuce wraps. And, I know exactly what you mean, after a particularly bad run with the flu, I lost 15 pounds!! I was able to keep it off too!

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    1. I went down 8 or so this time, but 3 are already back, just a matter of time...

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  8. I love lettuce wraps - these look delicious! And that sriracha sauce in particular.... yum!

    Ugh I'm sorry you got sick - that is the worst!!

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  9. These sound so great, and I am seriously in love with this sauce - I must try it! And so funny, my post today was an updated version and picture of an old favorite, too. :)

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  10. Mmmm, I just love lettuce wraps. I'll take two please :)!

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  11. Ashley,
    I'm glad you are feeling better.
    Old favorite recipes are great to turn to, especially as you're recovering. I don't know if it's partly the comforting flavors or the autopilot preparation, either way it works.
    This sauce looks so good to me--I'd like to lick that spoon!
    Thanks!

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  12. Those wraps sound so good. It's nice to see recipes using coconut aminos. I use it, too!

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  13. I love lettuce wraps. They are such a crunchy and delicious way to enjoy dinner.

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  14. Love the ingredients! Can't wait to try it!

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  15. Lettuce wraps are so tasty and satisfying! Fabulous for a weeknight meal!

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  16. I love the addition of coconut! Must have made it so flavorful and exotic!

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  17. Lettuce wraps are my favorite go-to healthy meal. I can't wait to try this sauce, it sounds very tasty.

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  18. Wow! I had no idea that lettuce wraps would look so good!! It is perfect for this Sunday Brunch

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  19. These lettuce wraps sound fantastic!! I love the sound of that sriracha sauce.

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  20. I've never heard of coconut aminos. I just discovered Coconut vinegar. The aminos must be more healthful than the soy. I need to find these.

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  21. Love lettuce wraps and yours look so good!

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  22. Oh my...so sorry that you were sick! I hope you are feeling better!! These lettuce wraps look and sound amazing!! Your photography is stellar!

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  23. I love lettuce wraps. Yours look yummy. Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

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