Lettuce Wraps (PF Changs Inspired Lettuce Wraps Recipe)

A healthy lettuce wraps recipe, inspired by PF Changs recipe but totally Paleo compliant. Made with either pork or chicken, they are a great healthy Asian dinner recipe. Loaded with lots of flavor and with lots of veggies. They are filling yet light, totally healthy, slightly sweet yet nutty and spicy. Running short on time? These are  super easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of time to make them.

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4 people
Calories: 472 kcal
Author: Jen Martin | The MS Wellness Coach

Ingredients

1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 yellow onion (diced)
1 cup Baby Bella mushrooms (minced)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1 lb. ground pork or ground chicken
1/2 cup shredded carrots
sea or kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup coconut aminos
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp. almond butter
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
1 tbsp. Paleo compliant hot sauce (Noble Made Medium Buffalo)
8 ounce can water chestnuts (diced)
3 green onions (thinly sliced, 1 tbsp. reserved)
1 head Bibb or Romaine lettuce leaves (gently removed from stem)

Sauce:

1/4 cup coconut aminos
1 1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp rice wine vinegar
Compliant hot sauce to taste
1 tbsp. green onions from above ingredients
Salt

Garnishes:
Sesame seeds
Thinly sliced green onion

Equipment:
Large skillet

Instructions:
1. In a large skillet set over medium heat, heat olive oil. When the oil is hot, add onion and cook for about 3 minutes or until beginning to soften, then add mushrooms and cook 3 more minutes, or until onion is translucent and mushrooms are softening. Add garlic and cook just until fragrant, about 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
2. Add ground pork or chicken until browned, crumbling with a wooden spoon or spatula. Add carrots and stir until starting to soften, about 3 minutes.
3. In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup coconut aminos, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar, almond butter, ginger, and hot sauce. Whisk until smooth then pour over meat mixture. Stir until combined, then add the chestnuts and green onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes then remove from the heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
4. Make sauce: whisk together all sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
5. When ready to serve, spoon 3-4 tablespoons of the mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf and serve with sauce. Garnish with green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.

Recipe Notes:
Make your own Paleo compliant sriracha

 

Variations:

  • These healthy lettuce wraps can be made easily with ground chicken instead of ground pork.
  • Try diced shiitake or even white button mushrooms in place of the baby bellas.

Tips:

  • Make these as your weekly meal prep: make the healthy lettuce wraps filling and pack them with crisp lettuce leaves. This Paleo compliant recipe is a reader meal prep fav!
  • These would also make an awesome potluck dish when you just happen to be on Paleo: no one will know these healthy lettuce wraps are compliant. Win-win!

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