I made something other than tacos!! We really do eat tacos almost every day, but tonight we decided to do something different. Lettuce wraps! So, basically, a taco with lettuce instead of a tortilla. At least it’s “Asian” inspired rather than our typical Mexican flavors. Here’s how it went down:
First things first: Start your Golden Girls DVD.
Secondly, pour yourself a glass of wine:
Now, let’s get started. I started with a bit of sesame oil in the wok.
Then, I saute the Holy Trinity of Asian food: chili, garlic, and ginger.
Once the Trinity is nice and aromatic, I add grated carrots.
Quickly add the julienned peppers. I used baby peppers, mostly because I think the flavor is a bit more delicate, and won’t overpower the rest of the dish.
Once the carrots and peppers are softened, add some shaved cabbage.
Saute until everything is soft, and slightly carmelized. It’ll look like this:
Now it’s time for the protein. I remove the sauteed veggies from the pan and set aside. I like to cook the protein in the same wok so there’s a bit of flavor transfer. You can use any kind of ground meat - I think ground chicken would be amazing in this preparation - but as I don’t eat meat I use the fake ground beef. I used Morning Star Griller Crumbles, but my preference would have been to use Upton’s Ground Seitan. I prefer seitan to soy.
Sautee in the wok until it’s nice and browned. Once it’s browned add a bit of stir-fry sauce (or whatever sauce you prefer). Add the set-aside veggies, and saute a bit longer. It’ll look like this:
Just before serving I add a bit of diced green onion and cilantro. I add it at the last minute to retain the fresh flavor of the scallion and cilantro. I then add the juice of 1 lime.
I didn’t take pictures of the actual wraps, because I was too excited. I served the wraps with two options for dipping sauce: