Peanut Asian Lettuce Wraps

Peanut Asian Lettuce Wraps
Even though it’s the holiday season and you probably see lots of chocolate, peppermint, and gingerbread recipes (guilty!) we still need to eat real food.

As least, I still need to eat real food, aka- non sweets.

These peanut asian lettuce wraps pack a punch of flavor and are fantastic as a main dinner dish or appetizer.

Peanut Asian Lettuce Wraps

Peanut Asian Lettuce Wraps

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/2 pounds ground beef or turkey
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh ginger (try your best to use fresh!)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) whole water chestnuts, drained and chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 12 bibb lettuce leaves
  • Additional hoisin sauce, optional

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, cook the meat over medium heat until it's no longer pink, drain grease.
  2. Add the shredded carrot and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the ginger and garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  4. Stir in the chestnuts, onions, peas, teriyaki sauce, hoisin sauce, peanut butter, vinegar and oil; heat through.
  5. Divide among lettuce leaves; drizzle with additional hoisin sauce if desired. Fold lettuce over filling.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

http://thefirstyearblog.com/peanut-asian-lettuce-wraps/

We added brown rice alongside our meat in the lettuce wraps – it was delicious. Mmm, I love real food!

Peanut Asian Lettuce Wraps

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31 Responses to “Peanut Asian Lettuce Wraps”

  1. Maria — December 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    These look so good and so fresh! I always find myself craving some healthier meals after stuffing myself with too many cookies and other goodies during the holiday season lol! These look really good!

    • The First Year Blog — December 10, 2013 at 7:57 am

      That’s exactly how I feel Maria!

  2. cynthial1956 — December 10, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    I don’t have anything against ‘real food,’ and these look especially good! Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  3. Deanna — December 11, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Thanks for sharing! Those look delicious! :)

    • The First Year Blog — December 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Have a great day Deanna!

  4. Robyn — December 13, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    This looks fantastic, Beth, and I bet leftover turkey would be great too. I found your blog at Eat.Create.Party. and will be following. Lovely photography!

    • The First Year Blog — December 13, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      I appreciate your kind comment Robyn!

  5. Mommy on Demand — December 13, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    I have never tried a lettuce wrap before but I hear they are great! Would love for you to come & share at my party http://mommyondemand.com/create-bake-9/

    • The First Year Blog — December 13, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      They are fresh and filling!

  6. Kristin — December 14, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Yum! These sound and look delicious! I’m trying to focus on planning for a lot of healthy “real food” right now so there’s less room for all the treats – it’s working…ok… :)

    • The First Year Blog — December 14, 2013 at 8:45 am

      It’s always tough with so many sweet around!

  7. Joyce @ It's Your Life — December 14, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I have never had a lettuce wrap, but have some ideas for some, adding this to my healthy eating board. Followed you here from Family Fun Friday.

    • The First Year Blog — December 14, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Hi Joyce! They are delicious and filling when paired with meat! Thanks for pinning this!

  8. Jelli — December 14, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Beth, this sounds delicious! I love the lettuce wraps at Cheesecake Factory and have tried many copycat recipes at home. I’d love to chow down on these yummy (and pretty!) wraps soon. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us.

    • The First Year Blog — December 14, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      Thank you for stopping by to leave a kind comment!

  9. Kim — December 17, 2013 at 4:48 am

    These sound amazing! At first glance I thought, “Oh no, I can’t make them.” I’ve never seen hoisin sauce in any store here, and I’ve only seen teriyaki sauce once or twice (in the almost six years we’ve lived here). But then I googled “homemade” recipes for both sauces, and I think I can make them. Maybe not exactly (rice vinegar and rice wine are also not available) but I’m going to try using another vinegar in its place and see if that works.

    • The First Year Blog — December 17, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Hi Kim! I definitely think teriyaki sauce would be a great substitute for the hoisin sauce. In fact, I would probably try that the next time I make it!

  10. Monica — December 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Pinned and am featuring at Family Fun Friday!

    Monica
    http://www.happyandblessedhome.com/category/family-fun

    • The First Year Blog — December 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      Thanks Monica!

  11. Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner — December 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks for linking these to our party this week… I love how fresh these look….pinning!

    • The First Year Blog — December 21, 2013 at 5:40 am

      Thank YOU Deb!

  12. Jocelyn — January 4, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I have tried a number of lettuce wrap recipes in the past, and this is by far the best. The only substitution I made was soybeans for the peas. Thank you for a terrific recipe!

    • The First Year Blog — January 4, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      Mmm that sounds good too! Thanks for coming by Jocelyn.

  13. Tammy Hanson — January 6, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I am curious how many lettuce wraps this makes. Want to try it but don’t want to come up short for our family. Can you give me some idea?

    • The First Year Blog — January 6, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Hi Tammy! It kind of depends on how much filling you put in the lettuce wraps and how large your lettuce leaves are – but I would say at least 20 smaller ones.

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