You guys, I LOVE lettuce wraps. There is just something about that cool, crisp lettuce wrapped around warm, spicy, gingery filling that is oh so satisfying. These vegetarian lettuce wraps totally live up to the expectation set by their meaty counterparts. Even my husband, who is generally not a big fan of vegetarian food thought these were incredible.
These make such a perfect weeknight dinner since they’re so quick and easy to put together–if you already have cooked quinoa in the fridge, this comes together in about 10 minutes.
Vegetarian Quinoa Lettuce Wraps
3 cups cooked quinoa
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 green onions, sliced
1 (8 oz) can of water chestnuts, rough chopped
1 1/2 cups shredded carrot
1 head lettuce (Bibb or Butter lettuce is preferred, but green leaf or romaine works fine in a pinch)
Mix all ingredients (minus the lettuce) in a bowl and set aside.
For the sauce:
3/4 cup soy sauce
2 TBS toasted sesame oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp fresh grated ginger
2 TBS apple cider vinegar
3 TBS brown sugar
2 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl and pour over the filling mixture. Serve in lettuce leaves and ENJOY! :)
If you’ve ever eaten at PF Chang’s or someplace similar, you know make up a little sauce that you can drizzle over your food that’s made up of rice vinegar, sriracha, soy sauce, and dijon mustard. I usually mix up a little bit of that sauce to go on our lettuce wraps as well. You can mix the ratios any way you want. If you like hot, add more sriracha. If it needs more acidity, add some vinegar. Needs more salt? Add more soy sauce. Easy peasy. :)
Have you ever had lettuce wraps before? What’s one of your favorite quick meals?