Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thai-Style Beef and Pineapple Lettuce Wraps: Healthy way to fill the mid-week meal gap!


Thai-Style beef and pineapple filling wrapped in a healthy lettuce leaf

I had mediocre expectations, before I prepared these Thai Lettuce Wraps, because I usually have so-so success at cooking Thai cuisine at home.

I’m much better at ordering Thai food!

But I'm happy I gave them a whirl because they are so tasty, and super simple to prepare!

To make this Thai Lettuce Wraps more manageable to make midweek, I chopped the green onions, diced the bell pepper, and washed the lettuce the night before.
Chopped Green Onions, Diced Bell Pepper, Washed Lettuce

How do these lettuce wraps taste? Well, let’s just say I feel like I’ve totally redeemed myself when it comes to cooking Thai food at home. The beef filling is full of legit Thai flavors!!!

However, when my two kids see these Thai-Style Lettuce Wraps, they see too many colorful toppings so they pass on eating them.

That’s okay with me though, because every so often the guy who cooks the meals in this house (hi!) needs to fill the void with foods and flavors I like too! Enjoy!

Thai-Style Beef and Pineapple Lettuce Wraps. A quick and comfortable Thai dish to make at home.


Thai-Style Beef and Pineapple Lettuce Wraps
Recipe Adapted from: The No Time to Cook Book by Elena Rosemond-Hoerr

Makes: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook and Assemble Time: About 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 lb. (16 oz.) extra lean ground beef (or use lean ground pork)
  • 1 green onion (scallion) chopped (keep the white and green parts separate)
  • 1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger (or use 1 tsp. ground ginger)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed in a garlic press
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped cilantro stalks
  • Pinch or two red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar (or use liquid honey)
  • 1/4 tsp. fish sauce (if you have it)
  • Lettuce leaves to serve
Toppings
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3/4 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • green parts from chopped green onion and chopped cilantro leaves (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. In a wok or skillet, cook ground meat over medium-high heat. Halfway through cooking, drain excess fat and stir in white parts of green onion, ginger, garlic, and cilantro stalks. Continue to cook until ground meat is fully cooked and no longer pink. Remove from heat. Add soy sauce, lime juice, sugar and fish sauce (if using). Stir, cover with lid to keep warm, and set aside.

2. To serve, spoon desired amount of meat mixture in the middle of a lettuce leaf. Sprinkle on toppings, and lightly drizzle with extra soy sauce or hot sauce. Wrap lettuce around meat mixture and toppings. Enjoy!

Brent Garell from Cookapalooza

Hi, Brent here! Thank you for checking out my recipe for Thai-Style Lettuce Wraps. I look forward to getting your thoughts on this dish and furthering our food conversation in the comments! Cheers!

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