{Slow Carb Friendly Asian Lettuce Wraps}

January 3, 2013

I fixed these awesome lettuce wraps last night and I just had to share the recipe with you. The husband and I are back on the slow-carb (4 Hour Body) diet after falling off the wagon for 5 days over Christmas. I’m totally okay with it, because we sort of planned for it to happen. We were doing soooo good the first day and then yea…we started carb loading {laughing}. However, we are heading to Mexico in February (yep, best husband ever bought me a trip to Mexico as a Christmas present) so we MUST be in tip-top shape if we are going to bronze our bodies on the beaches of Mexico for a few days.

Okay so here’s what you are going to need to fix this super easy and not to mention yummy lettuce wraps:

  • 1 lb ground beef (you could use ground turkey if you wanted)
  • 1 small onion diced
  • minced garlic (I used the jar of minced garlic and did 1 1/2 tablespoons – so 4/5 cloves)
  • Sesame Seed Oil (I eyeballed it, but I’m thinking it was like a teaspoon)
  • 1 tbl Soy Sauce
  • 3 squirts of Sriracha (yes, “squirts” are a scientific measurement)
  • Chopped Cashews (I took two handfuls and kind of crushed them up in my hand)
  • Romaine Hearts
  • 1 small zucchini diced
  • Fish Sauce (optional)

    1. Begin to brown the meat, throw in the onion and the garlic, let it all cook together
    2. After the meat has begun to brown, pour the sesame seed oil over the meat mixture.
    3. Once the meat is browned, add the soy sauce and squirt the Sriracha over the meat mixture. Remember, Sriracha has a bite to it, so don’t overdo it. Squirt a little, try it out, squirt a little more, and so on until you get the taste you prefer (I prefer the “this is spicy but I’m not sweating” taste).
    4. Last, throw in the cashews and zucchini stir it all up. I let them cook for about a minute or two in the mixture just to get some of the flavor, but I didn’t want either to get soggy.

    Annnnd, you’re done! I did add a tiny bit of fish sauce at the end to give it some extra flavor, but I know some people aren’t fish sauce people so that’s completely optional. Just scoop the mixture into the romaine hearts (one leaf at a time) and enjoy. Easy peasy!

    Let me know if you try it out and what you think – love getting feedback on the recipes.

    Recipe Adapted From the SlowCarbFoodie.com

    Linked Up at: The Thriftiness Miss, Simple Living and Eating, The Country Cook Weekend Potluck, Lemons for Lulu, Happy Hour Projects, Michelle’s Tasty Creations, The Mandatory Mooch, The Humble Brag, Kitchen Meets Girl Hun…What’s for Dinner?

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    { 8 comments… read them below or add one }

    Cindy @Hun... What's for Dinner? February 7, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    These look delicious. I always forget lettuce wraps, I bet my kids would love them! Thanks for linking up to Simple Supper Tuesday :o)


    themcbaileys February 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    They are yummmlicious. Thanks for hosting and for having me!


    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl January 19, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    We love lettuce wraps! I love that you used Sriracha in these–I think it is my favorite condiment/seasoning EVER. 🙂


    themcbaileys January 20, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Oh Sriracha is quickly replacing hot sauce for my husband. Like you, it is on my favorites list!


    Heidi January 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I’ve never tried lettuce wraps, but I have heard they are fabulous. Thanks for giving me a recipe to get me started! (Maybe I’ll skip the fish sauce the first time!) I’m so happy that you visited and linked up at One Creative Weekend at OneCreativeMommy.com. The next party starts tonight at 8:00 PM MST. I hope you’ll be back.


    themcbaileys January 10, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Of course I will be back!! Hope you like them, they really are good (including the fish sauce) 🙂


    Diane Balch January 6, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Welcome to Foodie Friday. Love your beef wraps so simple and well seasoned. Thanks for sharing them with us.


    themcbaileys January 7, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Thank you for having me! I hope everyone enjoys them. 🙂


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