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Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps

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Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps
  • Prep Time 5 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 4
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Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps

All veggies, all healthful, all tasty, all the time.

Ingredients

4
teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
1
block (12 oz) extra-firm tofu, cut into 1-inch cubes and patted dry
3
tablespoons soy sauce, divided
2
cups coleslaw mix
1
red bell pepper, cut into matchstick-size pieces
1
tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2
teaspoons minced garlic
1/2
teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2
teaspoon sriracha hot sauce
2
tablespoons plum/duck sauce
1
head butter lettuce
2
green onions, thinly sliced
2
tablespoons chopped cilantro

Directions

  • 1 Heat 2 teaspoons vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add tofu and cook until browned on both sides, about 10 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce and toss; cook 5 more minutes. Remove tofu from skillet and set aside.
  • 2 Pour remaining 2 teaspoons vegetable oil into skillet. Add cole slaw mix, bell pepper, minced ginger, minced garlic, red pepper flakes and sriracha; stir to combine. Cook, tossing occasionally, until bell pepper is soft and slightly charred, about 5-10 minutes.
  • 3 Add remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce; toss to combine. Cook 3 more minutes. Add plum sauce and stir. Return tofu to skillet and toss to combine.
  • 4 Remove leaves from head of lettuce; wash thoroughly and pat dry with a towel. Spoon tofu mixture into lettuce. Garnish with green onions and cilantro before serving.
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10 Ways to Swap Veggies for Carbs

As prepared by Girl Versus Dough,

Well well well…what do we have here? We’ve got tasteful, healthful, spicy-ful, veggie-full goodness, that’s what!


Before you spitter and spatter at the idea of a lettuce wrap – especially one filled with tofu – let me tell you that this one is different.

No, really. It’s tossed with soy sauce and plum sauce and sriracha and garlic and all sorts of other good stuff. It’s tucked inside a wrap of buttery-soft lettuce. It’s a...

 1. Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wrap


And it’s delicious. The best part is it’s low-carb, so your post-holiday waistline won’t mind it, either!

 

Ingredients for Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps

First, gather your ingredients. See that bowl in the center, there? That’s where the magic happens – the gingery, garlicky, peppery, sriracha-y magic.

 

Cooking tofu in skillet

Cook the tofu in a large skillet until it’s nice and browned, then transfer it to a plate and set it aside.

 

Sautéing the veggies and spices

Sauté the veggies and spices until they’re nice and browned and even slightly charred.

 

Mixing everything together

Finished Spicy Tofu Lettuce Wraps, ready to eat

Toss everything together with some soy sauce and plum sauce, scoop it into lettuce leaves, roll it all up and mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm! (Sorry, my mouth was full).

 

Of course, this ain’t the only way to swap fruit and veggies for carbs in your daily diet, no sireee. Here are a few other ways to do it that you’ll lurve so much, you won’t even miss the old carbo-loading days.

2. Take My Bread Away


Who says sandwiches need to be stuffed between two slices of bread? Substitute the stuff with your favorite veggie – use Swiss chard or lettuce for wraps (duh), slices of cucumber for mini sandwiches or eat all the fixins of a sandwich as a salad.

3. An Apple a Day…


Use apples as the new vehicle for your breakfast food – stuff two slices with peanut butter and raisins or sunflower seeds for an energy-filled, on-the-go morning meal.

4. Snack Attack


Back away from the crackers… use slices of cucumber, red bell pepper, even fruit to move that cheese into your pie hole, or bake up some tasty kale chips in place of the classic potato ones.


5. The Great Pasta Swap


Squash and eggplant both are chockfull of good-for-you nutrition, and they taste surprisingly delicious in place of pasta. Use eggplant to swap out those lasagna noodles, and use spaghetti squash as a bed for meatballs and marinara.

6. Sneaky Sides


Swap those carb-heavy mashed potatoes for sautéed spinach or green beans. You can also use shredded and cooked cauliflower in place of rice for your favorite dishes, or use it in place of taters for a healthified au gratin.

7. Pizza, Pizza


Speaking of cauliflower, did you know it makes for an awesomely amazing low-carb pizza crust? OH YES. You can use Portobello mushroom caps as a tasty pizza crust, too.

8. Sweet Treats


So here’s something fantastic – you can still get your chocolate fix on a low-carb diet. Dip bananas or strawberries in melty chocolate for a healthier dessert, and leave the cookies in the cookie jar.

9. Egg-cellent Eats


Skip the toast and cook up an egg in a low-carb bell pepper ring. It’s delicious and cute all at the same time!

10. Soup n’ Salad


Make a meal-worthy soup or salad in place of your usual carb-heavy options. This ­­­­Spicy Beef n’ Black Bean Chili and this Asian Steak Salad are great places to start!


What’s your favorite way to swap produce for carbs?


Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) assures you she doesn’t always eat like a rabbit – sometimes cookies are just too dang tasty. Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!
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