Lunch is always slightly easier than dinner as you have the whole day to burn it off incase you eat something extra. Dinner on the other hand is less forgiving which is why by 7:30 pm, I eat the proteins and vegetables!
I cross a Chinese restaurant almost everyday and today I woke up determined to eat a healthy version of my most favorite dish! Lettuce wraps without the excessive fats, sugars or MSG and I did it!
I also served it to some guests I had over today and they loved it! I was so happy to have served something healthy and fresh! You can easily make the filling ahead and put it together when your guests have arrived! Very versatile!
What do you need?
1 whole lettuce bulb
450 gram lean ground beef ( I used 5% fat ones)
(you could also use chicken or turkey mince)
1 cup diced peppers
1 cup diced carrots
2 tablespoons of good quality honey
2 tablespoons of chili sauce or to make it even healthier use chili flakes/paste
2 tablespoons wholegrain mustard
2 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
3/4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
3 sprays of your oil of choice
salt and pepper to taste
You will make enough for 3 dinners! 😀
In a bowl, mix together the honey, mustard and chili sauce with 2 tablespoons of water and set aside
Spray on the oil into the pan on high heat
Add in the garlic, peppers and carrot with a dash of water to soften and sauté
After sautéing for 2-3 minutes add in the ground beef and salt/pepper
Stir the beef and break it up and you will notice the ‘fatty juice’ collecting
Put the lid on and drain that liquid out, it is the fats from the ground beef and its gotta go!! Ech!
Return the pot onto the heat and stir in 2/3 of the mixture of honey/mustard/chili sauce that you had set aside.
Close the lid and let it cook for about 10 -12 minutes more. Make sure to stir occasionally during that time. You will notice the char on the beef and peppers and then add in that remaining honey/mustard/chili sauce mixture and the cilantro.
Keep tasting the beef as you cook! Thats just standard operating procedure 😀
Take it off the heat, arrange the lettuce and fill them in!
Enjoy while warm! I had it with a side of steamed mixed vegetables!
* You can also add in sweet and sour chili sauce in which case leave out the honey and chili sauce however I would highly recommend using a chili sauce and honey mixture as you eliminate the high amounts of sugar in those sweet and sour sauces.
* A great alternative would be to use a freshly made chili paste! That would be ideal especially if you used a mixture of fresh red chili and roasted chili. YUM! I will surely do that next time!
Also I do apologize for not including the calories, thats because I don’t calorie count and you shouldn’t either especially when you are eating clean and healthy!