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:

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Now, let’s get started. I started with a bit of sesame oil in the wok.

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Then, I saute the Holy Trinity of Asian food: chili, garlic, and ginger.

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Once the Trinity is nice and aromatic, I add grated carrots.

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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.

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Once the carrots and peppers are softened, add some shaved cabbage.

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Saute until everything is soft, and slightly carmelized. It’ll look like this:

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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.

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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:

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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.

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I didn’t take pictures of the actual wraps, because I was too excited. I served the wraps with two options for dipping sauce:

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So delicious!!!!!