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Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

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Quinoa Lettuce Wraps
  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 10
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Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

Seasoned quinoa wrapped in lettuce with chili sauce and fresh veggies.

Ingredients

1
cup uncooked quinoa
1
head romaine lettuce
2
tablespoons soy sauce
1
tablespoon mirin
1
tablespoon brown sugar
1
teaspoon sesame oil
1
large red pepper, sliced
1
medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, sliced
3
scallions, sliced thinly
1
drizzle chili sauce (optional)

Directions

  • 1 Cook quinoa according to directions. For most quinoa types, this means rinsing the quinoa and adding it to 2 cups of boiling water for every 1 cup of quinoa. Let simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Then remove from heat and fluff with a fork.
  • 2 In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, mirin, and sesame oil.
  • 3 Pour soy sauce mixture into quinoa and stir well to combine.
  • 4 Slice veggies (red pepper, cucumber, scallion) very thinly.
  • 5 Take a nice big Romaine leaf and wash it well. If you want, add a drizzle of chili sauce down the center.
  • 6 Add a big spoonful of seasoned quinoa to the lettuce and top with veggies.
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Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

As prepared by Macheesmo,

For some reason, I sometimes get a bad rap for making unhealthy food. Maybe it’s because I use a lot of butter and cheese…



But in reality, a lot of the meals I eat on a daily basis are pretty healthy. I just accentuate those healthy meals with ridiculously tasty meals.

But just because something is healthy doesn’t mean it can’t also be flavorful and delicious.

That’s where these quinoa lettuce wraps come in! It doesn’t get much healthier than quinoa and crunchy veggies wrapped in lettuce.

I love these in the summer because they are crisp, crunchy and very refreshing as an appetizer.

If you’ve never cooked quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), have no fear. It’s as easy, if not easier, than cooking rice.

You should refer to the cooking instructions on your quinoa as they might differ a bit depending on the variety. But generally, you’ll want to rinse the quinoa with cold water just to clean it well.

I think it’s a really cool looking food.

Quinoa Lettuce Wraps recipe

In most cases, you’ll then want to add the quinoa to two cups of boiling water for each cup of quinoa.

Simmer it, covered, for about 20 minutes and then fluff it with a fork. You should end up with a light, fluffy mixture.

Quinoa Lettuce Wraps recipe

Quinoa, by itself, can be kind of bland tasting in my opinion. That’s even truer when you are just pairing it with lettuce and other veggies. So I decided to mix up a quick sauce to give the quinoa some flavor.

The sauce I came up with is a basic mix of soy sauce, mirin, brown sugar, and sesame oil. This stuff is flavorful and a little goes a long way.

Quinoa Lettuce Wraps recipe

Just pour this over your cooked quinoa and stir it together. Now your quinoa will be nicely seasoned.

Quinoa Lettuce Wraps recipe

Other than the quinoa, these guys are pretty straightforward to put together.

I recommend spending some time dicing the veggies for the wraps. You want thin slivers of each veggie so they can fit in the wraps.

It’s good chopping practice!

Quinoa Lettuce Wraps recipe

I actually tried to use a few different kinds of lettuce for these and I found that romaine is the best by far. It’s nice and rigid so it holds its shape well and is easy to pick up.

If you’re feeling ambitious, add a thin line of chili sauce on each lettuce leaf before adding the quinoa. It’ll give the wraps a nice kick!

Quinoa Lettuce Wraps recipe

Then just pile in the seasoned quinoa and top with all the diced veggies.

Quinoa Lettuce Wraps recipe

These have a fantastic texture. The crunchy lettuce and veggies and smooth quinoa is a really awesome mixture.

On a hot summer day, these really hit the spot!



Nick wants you all to try these and stay healthy so you can keep on reading his blog, Macheesmo. If you want to know what he’s cooking these days, check out his Tablespoon profile.
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Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
94.4
Daily Value
Total Fat
1.8g
3%
(
Saturated Fat
0.2g
1%
)
Sodium
183.8mg
8%
Total Carbohydrate
16.3g
5%
(
Dietary Fiber
3.1g
12%
,
Sugars
2.8g
)
Protein
3.8g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
41.60%
42%
Calcium
3.90%
4%
Iron
9.10%
9%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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