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Monday, January 4, 2010

Lettuce Bundles



Since most of the ingredients in the fridge were for my Christmas meal. It was sort of slim pickings. I was interested in making some kind of wrap, but I didn't have any flatbread or tortillas. So I just chopped up some bell peppers, tomato and added some whole corn kernels. I did feel that something was missing from this little mix. I sliced up a couple Chinese sausage links and mushrooms and sauteed them before mixing them into the chopped veggies.

I took one last look in my fridge and say a head or lettuce. Eureka!!!! Lettuce wraps!!!! Well, that solves my problem. I carefully  "tried" to unravel the leaves. I managed to get 4 good ones. There were several where I tore them to pieces. Stuff the mixture into the "cup" part and wrapped it up like a spring roll. Healthy and deliciousness.

Make 4-5 wraps.


Lettuce Bundles
3 Bell Peppers finely - chopped
1 c corn
 1 garlic clove
2 ripe tomatoes - finely chopped
8 oz mushrooms - sliced
2 chinese sausage links - sliced
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt
pepper
4 large lettuce leaves iceberg or romaine

In a bowl, combine the bell peppers, tomato and corn together. Season with a little pepper.

Saute the garlic in a tiny drizzle of oil. add the mushroom and chinese sausage and balsamic vinegar. Cook until the mushrooms are slightly darker in color and have reduced in size season with a little salt and pepper. Add to the bell pepper mixture.

Combine the mixture well.

Take a large lettuce leaf and scoop a large helping of the mushroom mixture onto the round stem area. Carefully wrap the leaves like a spring roll. Roll up the stem end first, then bring in the side and finish rolling.


22 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

I love wrapping stuff in lettuce leaves. I enjoy the slight crunch factor. The stuffing sounds like a perfect filling! Tasty!

OysterCulture said...

Yummy healthy wraps - love the idea!

ValleyWriter said...

Yum, yum, yum! These look soo good - and I love that they're also pretty darn healthy! (Cause I think most of us need that after the last 2 weeks of gorging... um, I mean, celebrating the holidays)

Heavenly Housewife said...

I remember when the Atkins diet was all the rage, lettuce wraps were super popular. This is a great recipe for people looking to start eating healthy in 2010 :D

Dawn said...

you are so creative. where do you find the time for all that you do?

5 Star Foodie said...

The lettuce wraps sound delicious, I love the addition of the sausage, yum!

Elra said...

I love lettuce wrap so much. Thanks for the reminder Jenn. It's time for me to make it now.

Teanna said...

I LOVE lettuce wraps... anything that gives me an excuse to eat with my hands is ok in my book!

foodcreate.com said...

I love the way you improvise your recipes. The lettuce leaves look fabulous. Happy New Year!

Chow and Chatter said...

healthy and very creative love it

Diana said...

A great healthy recipe to kick off the new year!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

These look so delicious and healthy. I love the look of the lettuce bundles....it's adorable :)

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Sometimes it's that "what's left in the fridge" moment that makes you a truly great cook! Love your creativity!

Thessa said...

My mom loves lettuce wraps. She usually buys the ones already made. I would love to make this for her. Thank for sharing!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

I love anything wrapped in lettuce! Your filling looks beautiful!

Joyce said...

Peaking in and your blog is super with many foods I would love to make this year.
joyce

Tiago Lopes said...

Fantastic recipes......congratulations......

teresa said...

hey jenn! i had fun catching up on your blog. i love the trip to disneyland, as well as those cake truffles, what a great gift! i could also go for those lettuce bundles, delicious! glad to see you had a nice new year!

theUngourmet said...

I just recently started using lettuce this way. These looks so yummy! Great meal!

Mimi said...

What a tasty combination of ingredients for lettuce wraps.
Mimi

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

Such a great idea! The filling sounds delicious!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

I love lettuce wraps... These look amazing!

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