I am obsessed with lettuce wraps right now. There are so many ways that you can make them, that it really is hard to get bored, and make me not even think about the old wheat flour wraps I used to enjoy before finding out I had celiac disease. While today there seems to be many more gluten free wraps available for purchase, I honestly find lettuce wraps to be just as satisfying, and enjoy knowing that they are a healthier choose for me as well. I really could eat them every single night and not get bored because you can constantly be switching up what goes inside.
But making the perfect lettuce wrap can take some experimenting. So here is what I have discovered to be the key pieces in making the perfect lettuce wrap.
- Double up your lettuce leaves. If you decide to use lettuce (instead of some kind of collard green) make sure to double up your lettuce leafs. Otherwise when you go to pick up your wrap like a taco the bottom is going to fall out and you will have a mess on your hands. Literally.
- Use a spread: I noticed that my wraps hold together better if I have some kind of spread on the bottom. I have been using all different flavors of hummus spread across the leaves before adding any additional toppings.
- Make it colorful: Don't fill your wrap entirely with the same color vegetable, mix it up a bit and your meal will be more enjoyable. It has been proven that we enjoy our food more if it looks more exciting.
- Don't forget the protein: If you load up your wrap entirely with vegetables you are going to be left wanting more. Try adding some chick peas, shrimp, or some tofu to the wrap for some added protein that will be sure to satisfy you.
- Don't try to make eating this look attractive. You are going to fail. You literally have to cup these in your hand like a taco and go into it full force. Most likely you will have some of your toppings falling out so make sure you have a fork on hand.
- Go light on the dressing. I actually only add a little bit of salt to these or a tiny bit of olive oil. The hummus does a great job of dressing this up for me. However, if you couldn't even imagine eating these without some dressing just use a light hand. If the lettuce leaves get to soggy they are going to fall apart. And remember you are eating these with your hands so a lot of dressing will most likely end up all over you.
- Enjoy! And be creative! These are fun and exciting to make and really impress people for some reason. I'm not exactly sure why because it basically is just a fancy way to eat a salad but for some reason when I eat them I always am left feeling so much more satisfied.
LETTUCE WRAP FISH TACOS
makes four lettuce wrap tacos
- 1/2 lb white fish (opt for a sustainability sourced variety, and avoid tilapia)
- 1/2 lemon
- 8 lettuce leafs
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 cup canned corn
- 1/2 cup black beans
- 1 cup chopped cherry tomatos
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 1/2 cup sprouts
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- Preheat oven to 350 F and place your fish in a glass baking dish (spray with coconut oil spray to keep from sticking), squeeze lemon over fish, and place in oven.
- Wash and chop vegetables and place in individual bowls for filling tacos
- Wash lettuce leafs and arrange on plate.
- After about 20 minutes, check fish. If the fish can pull apart easily with a fork it is probably about ready to serve.
- Fill your tacos as you please and enjoy