Thai Lettuce Wraps

Have you ever had Thai Lettuce Wraps?  They are SO good!  Of course, I think there are all kinds of alterations and things you could do to make them different each time, but here’s I do mine.  This is definitely one of my favorite meals these days!

Build-Your-Own Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce (a crispy one like Romaine, or some say Bibb lettuce)
Rice Noodles (I use thin vermicelli Thai Kitchen brand)
Chicken (if desired)
Red Pepper- thinly sliced
Cucumber- sliced in little strips
1-2 Carrots- peeled (the peelings are a topping)
Peas (maybe about 1-2 cups)
Optional Toppings:  You could also have bean sprouts, salted avocado slices, shredded radish, or any other type of veggie topping that sounds good to you.
For the Seasonings:  Lime Juice, Salt, Pepper, Honey, Sesame Seeds, Coconut Aminos (or Liquid Aminos or Soy Sauce but Coconut Aminos is soy-free!)

-Wash and cut/prepare all your veggies.  Lay out in separate bowls or on a nice tray for a nice presentation (if desired!).  For the lettuce, leave pieces as whole as possible because you’re going to use these pieces as wraps.  I usually cut a full leaf of Romaine about 3/4 of the way down and use the top as a wrap.

-Cook the chicken, cut in thin strips or pieces.  When chicken cooked, toss with some honey (about 2 Tbsp or more), some sesame seeds (probably about 2-3 Tbsp), Salt, and Pepper.  Evenly coat.  This could also be a vegetarian meal, just load up on veggies!

-Follow package instructions to cook rice noodles.  When they are done, season them with about 2 tsp Coconut Aminos (or substitute), 1-2 tsp Lime Juice, Salt, and Pepper.  Depending on the size of your family, you could cook the whole box of noodles, although I usually cook about 3/4 of a box so I don’t have any that goes to waste.

There are many different sauces you could look up an make with these.  Fancy restaurants often serve these with different kinds of sauces- there’s sweet chili sauce, tamarind cashew sauce, sweet and sour sauce, or my favorite:  peanut sauce.
Peanut Sauce:
Combine the following in small saucepan and stir until it begins to bubble.  Cover and remove from heat.
1/4 cup Peanut Butter
2 Tbsp Water (I use a little more than this)
4 Tbsp sweetener (original recipe calls for sugar, I use brown coconut sugar)
1 T Coconut Aminos (or substitute)
1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (original recipe says to use rice vinegar but I use ACV)
1 tsp Lime Juice

Now for the fun part:  Lay everything out (this can really be presented as a very elegant meal!)  Your family can all assemble their own wraps according to their liking!  Sometimes for leftovers when I don’t want to do all the assembling again, I just chop my lettuce and have a big ‘o bowl of salad out of it, but still all the same mix-ins so it taste just like my Thai wrap, only in a bowl!  Enjoy!

Original Peanut Sauce Recipe from here.


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