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Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps

Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps from Weelicious

Vegetables. My kids adore them and my husband....well, my husband lives a 100% vegetarian life (most of the time) which has the unintended effect of limiting the amount of meat I eat. Being the southern girl I am, I crave animal protein at every meal, and while I'd like to be a vegetarian (knowing how good it is for our bodies, not to mention the planet), I still need something meaty to bite into even if meat is not on the menu. If you’re like me, these Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps are a no brainer.

Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps from Weelicious

Despite having a husband and son who primarily eat vegetarian, we don’t eat much tofu in our house. However, when I do buy tofu I always make sure it’s organic and then either marinated before cooking it, like in this Sweet Gingery Tofu, or coated liberally with the flavorful sauce in these Cold Soba Noodles. It's firm texture makes it a good stand-in for meat and it's neutral flavor means you can do almost anything with it to suit your tastes. As a meatless alternative to my Stir Fried Chicken in Lettuce Cups, I’ve been making these Vegetarian Lettuce Cups.

Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps from Weelicious

They’re a delicious mix of crunchy, smooth, sweet and salty, but most important they’re quick and simple to make, and equally easy to pick up and enjoy. You won’t miss the meat at all or, for that matter, the tortillas or lavash found in most wrap recipes since they use leaves of crisp lettuce to hold all the tasty bites together -- making them a great choice if your looking for a gluten-free vegetarian recipe.

Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps from Weelicious

Start your Meatless Monday off right with this Asian inspired dish!

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Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps (4)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 pound extra firm tofu, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 8-ounce can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce or Bragg\\'s Liquid Aminos
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • bibb or iceberg lettuce cups
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped peanuts

Preparation

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

2. Add the onion, ginger and garlic and saute for 5 minutes, until the onions are soft.

3. Add the tofu and water chestnuts and cook 4 minutes, until heated through.

4. Stir in the soy sauce, carrots and green onions.

5. Serve in lettuce cups and top with chopped peanuts.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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7 comments

  • Molly

    These look so good! What other non-meat proteins can you substitute in? We do not eat soy in our family.

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    • McCord

      I think white beans would work well!

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  • Andrea

    Going to make this with beans. Were not a big fan of tofu

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  • Gaby

    What a fun dinner recipe!

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  • Kim Beaulieu

    This is one seriously gorgeous meal.

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  • Debra Farnsworth

    Looks delicious

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  • Andrea

    a delicious and healthy recipe that also has a product that is 100% natural olive oil. A product that has many health benefits, plus it's the only one who has no preservatives or additives. Congratulations, I will share the recipe facebook.com/oilandlife

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