thai lettuce wraps

INGREDIENTS »

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› iceberg lettuce, for cups

› 1 lb ground chicken

› 1 lb ground pork

› 1/2 white onion, diced

› 1 cup mushrooms, chopped

› 2 cloves garlic, minced

› shredded carrots

› 1 can water chestnuts, sliced

› sliced green onion

cooking sauce:

› 1/2 cup coconut aminos

› 2 tbsp sesame oil

› 2 tbsp rice vinegar

› 2 tbsp almond butter

› 1 tbsp fish sauce

› 1 knob ginger, peeled + grated

› red pepper flakes

serving sauce:

› 1 tbsp cooking sauce

› 2 tbsp coconut aminos

› 1 tsp sesame oil

› 1 tsp rice vinegar

› 1 tbsp maple syrup

› red pepper flakes

garnish: 

› sesame seeds

› green onion

› any reserved water chestnuts

HOW TO MAKE »
  • prepare the cooking sauce by combining all ingredients + whisking. set aside.
  • prepare the serving sauce by combining all ingredients [1 tbsp of reserved cooking sauce + coconut aminos, sesame oil, rice vinegar, maple syrup, red pepper flakes] + whisking. set aside for the final touch.
  • prepare your white onion by dicing, mushrooms by wiping clean & dicing, and mince your garlic.
  • chop green onions + water chestnuts.  [those will go in last]
  • heat olive oil in a skillet & add the onions until they are translucent, stirring to cook evenly.  once they become translucent, add the mushrooms & cook for 2-3 more minutes.
  • add the minced garlic until you can smell it, just a few seconds, & then add your ground chicken + ground pork* !  break it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks, simultaneously combining with the contents of the pan so far.
  • once meat is no longer pink, pour your pre-mixed cooking sauce into pan with the veg+meat combination.  ** SAVE 1 TABLESPOON OF THIS SAUCE TO USE FOR THE TOPPING SAUCE IN A FEW STEPS. **
  • allow this all to simmer/sizzle; in this process, the sauce will thicken a bit & will really elevate your dish.
  • toss in shredded carrots, some of the green onions + water chestnuts.
  • assemble your lettuce wraps — i double up with 2 pieces for each cup so that i don’t lose sauce.  spoon the mixture into each lettuce cup.
  • garnish with green onion, more water chestnuts, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes.
  • finally, drizzle some of the serving sauce on top of each lettue wrap.
  • serve with cauliflower rice [or not] and enjoy!

 

* now, you might prefer only ground chicken or only ground pork; that’s totally fine.  if you use only 1 lb, adjust the rest of the ingredients accordingly because this recipe will be for 1 lb chicken + 1 lb pork.


 

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