So some of you have asked for recipes for the lettuce wrap picture we posted on Facebook.
Why lettuce wraps? Well lettuce is a great replacement for bread or a higher carb option in what we typically call a sandwich. Lettuce makes it EASY to create Eat by Color meals. Now a little history why the bread/fajita for sandwich/wrap? Most likely because it made food more portable and with the bread providing a vehicle to move typically some type of meat from plate to mouth.
Where does sandwich come from? Click her to find out.
A few options for the lettuce wrap. The first is mine. The second a little more on the racy edgy side as I am including a Rachel Rey recipe. There are no rules. Feel free to make recipes your own using foods and ingredients that you have in your house. Simple means it will fit your lifestyle and you will be successful.
Grilled Chicken Lettuce Wraps
1 lbs of chicken breast
4 fresh peppers, go with red, yellow, green, and orange
Fresh Portabella Mushrooms
1 Pack of Fajita Seasoning
Grill chicken and peppers. Yes grill the peppers just wash them and put the right on the grill. Once the chicken is done remove along with the peppers. Slice the chicken, onion, and peppers into strips. Combine peppers, chicken, onion, and mushrooms in sauce pan with fajita seasoning (follow fajita instructions) and sauté.
Serve on lettuce instead of tortillas.
Feel free to get crazy. If you have something at home add it. There are no rules! Literally as I write this I have a jar of Jalapeno green salsa and yes this would be going on my fajitas.
This is the one that was not posted on our Facebook page but on a friends.
The Sloppy Joe
Brown lean ground beef
Drain fat, and add your favorite Sloppy Joe mix (be weary as some have a ton of carbs and sugar)
Follow directions on Sloppy Joe mix
Or you can do the following that is from foodnetwork.com. Personally I am not a fan of recipes like this that require ingredients that I may not always have readily available. Remember, success with health, wellness, and weight loss requires the process to fit YOUR lifestyle….fancy pants ingredients don’t fit mine. Read that again, if you are going to be successful with health, wellness, and weight loss the plan you follow has to be easy and fit your lifestyle.
Here is the recipe as it appears here
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
1 1/4 pounds ground beef sirloin
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon steak seasoning blend, such as McCormick brand Montreal
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 crusty rolls, split, toasted, and lightly buttered
Garnish: sliced ripe tomatoes, pickles, Deviled Potato Salad, recipe follows
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and meat to the pan. Spread the meat around the pan and begin to break it up. Combine brown sugar and steak seasoning. Add sugar and spice mixture to the skillet and combine. When the meat has browned, add onion and red peppers to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and cook onions, peppers, red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce with meat for 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and paste to pan. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to simmer and cook Sloppy Joe mixture 5 minutes longer. Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, pile Sloppy Joe meat onto lettuce.