GF& DF Spicy Beef Lettuce Wrap

A hashtag search for lettuce wrap quickly led me to a recipe posted by @thehomemadetable on instagram. It was lucky the post was barely a week old or else it would have been quite the effort to sift through the 50K+ number of posts with #lettucewrap. 

The recipe was for a chicken lettuce wrap, and @thehomemadetable credited the original recipe to Ms. Lisa Leake, healthy food blogger and author of 100 Days of Real Food. Ms. Leake encourages the practice of eating whole food meals and cutting out processed food such as refined grains, sweeteners and deep fried food. On her website, she welcomes people to take a ten day challenge; pledging to adopt a healthier perspective on food and healthy eating.

I particularly like this lettuce wrap recipe because its stuffing has a meat to vegetable ratio of 1:2. This is quite rare for a meat-based stuffing; similar recipes would not include this much vegetables.

Interestingly, you don't notice the veggies. The recipe cleverly uses grated cauliflowers, which fuse seamlessly with the minced meat when cooked. The end result is a balanced meat and veggie mixture, and, when wrapped in a lettuce shell, its nutrition value is tipped towards the vegetable side.

I can think of a lot of dishes I can 'healthify' using this hidden-veggie-in-a-meat-dish concept. To name a few, maybe stuffing for tacos and burritos, spaghetti bolognese and sloppy joes. I reckon this is a recipe to bookmark and share with friends and family, especially ones that are trying to like vegetables more. 


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Gluten Free and Dairy Free Chili Beef Lettuce Wrap
* I adapted the recipe to make a minced beef lettuce wrap with chili pepper flakes. Love that kick of spice!

Ingredients

1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
500 grams of minced meat
1 cup carrots, peeled and diced
1 small onion, diced
1 cup cauliflower, grated
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
1/2 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
1 cup shredded kale
1/4 cup gluten free soy sauce
2 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon orange marmalade

Directions

Put oil in a hot saute pan and add minced meat.
Stir and cook for 2 minutes
Add carrot and cook for 2 more minutes
Add onion, cauliflower, garlic, ginger, chili and kale. Continue to saute until mince is cooked.
Add gluten free soy sauce, sesame oil and orange marmalade. Toss and heat through.
Scoop meat mixture onto lettuce leaves and serve.

Optional: garnish with sliced radishes or water chestnuts for crunch factor.

Want to know more about 100 Days of Real Food? Visit Lisa Leake at: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/