Lettuce Wraps – Sweet and Spicy . . .


IMG_1584. . . and so easy!

A group of friends all decided to challenge ourselves.  We were all going to a wedding and we wanted to look good.  The deal was that whoever lost the most weight won the jackpot (We all put in five bucks!).

 I took this pretty serious, and I won 1st place.  The best part of this whole experience is that it motivated me to eat healthier, exercise and to put some thought into healthy recipes.

This one is my favorite.  It is easy, quick and I’m guessing you have most, if not all, of the ingredients on hand in your pantry.

By the way, the wedding was a blast.  It was beautiful and we all were too!  So shout out to Kelly, Sue, Julie, Barb, Heather, Kathy, Lori and Tracy!  You girls rock.

Now, back to the lettuce wraps.


1 Tablespoon oil

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger

1 lb. ground meat (my favorite is pork, chicken and turkey would work too)

1/4 cup hoison sauce (available in my grocery stores)

1 carrot , cut into matchsticks

2 green onions sliced (if you like you can also cut larger pieces on a slight – spicier!)

1 Tablespoon sesame seeds



Using a medium size skillet, heat the oil on medium.  Add the garlic and ginger and cook for 30 seconds – minute, being careful not to burn the garlic (worst taste ever).  Add the meat and cook until all the pink is gone.

Take off heat, add the hoison sauce and stir till meat mixture is covered.  Toss on the carrot sticks, green onions and sesame seeds.  Toss lightly.  Serve on lettuce.  I use romaine because I like a sturdy wrap — but any lettuce you like will do.

That’s it.  Don’t look for more.  There isn’t any more ingredients, work or directions.  Just eat ’em up and enjoy.

Sometimes I just eat the filling out of a bowl — true confession.