JUICY LETTUCE WRAPS


Lettuce wraps are simply the most refreshing and tasty meal for me in summer. I love the cool crunch of the lettuce, the slight sweetness and tang of the sauce, and the warmth and mush of the tofu-veggie stir fry on a hot summer day. We have it for dinner in summer, followed by some chamomile herbal tea an hour later. Here's the recipe:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium-sized iceberg lettuce or green butterhead lettuce (leaves separated and washed well)

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1.5 tbsp. celery (chopped)

  • 1 medium red onion (chopped finely)

  • 1 tsp. garlic (grated)

  • 1 tsp. ginger (grated)

  • 1/4 to 1/2 tbsp. Schezwan chutney or chilli paste (add only how much you can handle)

  • 2 big carrots (chopped finely)

  • 1 capsicum/green pepper (chopped finely)

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 3 handfuls of firm tofu (crumbled)

  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts (crushed)

  • 1 cup bean sprouts (optional, washed well)

  • 1 tbsp. shoyu/soy sauce (approx.)

  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup

  • 1/2 lime (juice)

Image of lettuce wraps served on the table

METHOD:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan.

  2. Add the celery and onions.

  3. When the onions turn translucent, add the ginger and garlic with the carrots and capsicum.

  4. Increase the flame and saute for 2 minutes.

  5. Add the salt and tofu. Then, add the shoyu, Schezwan sauce, maple syrup, and lime juice to the mix.

  6. Give it a good mix and turn off the gas. Keep aside.

  7. When serving, keep the lettuce leaves, crushed peanuts, bean sprouts, and veggie-tofu mix (make sure it's hot) in separate serving bowls. The bean sprouts add an extra crunch and are great for you in the summer. So it would be a great idea to add to the wraps even though they are optional.

  8. Take a lettuce leaf, put in the tofu-veggie mix, top with crushed peanuts and sprouts.

  9. Roll and enjoy every bite as you relish these wraps. If your hands get messy during the process, just remember - it's worth it! :)

NOTES:

I use this brand of Schezwan sauce and this brand of shoyu.

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