By Isadora Baum
A sandwich for lunch is easy to take on-the-go, and it’s versatile, since you can stuff anything you like between those two slices of bread. Yet, if you’re eating fewer carbs, or you’re simply looking to increase the amount of produce in your diet, then lettuce wraps are about to be your new best friend. They’re an excellent way to slash carbs and calories and get in more fresh greens, which provide vitamins and minerals to better your health. And if you choose a sturdy green, like romaine lettuce, you won’t need to worry about the insides falling out or making a mess. Here are 5 easy lettuce wrap recipes you can enjoy for lunch.
This romaine lettuce cup wrap has hummus, fresh veggies, sprouts, and a creamy tahini sauce, and it’s ready in just 15 minutes. You don’t need to cook anything, so it’s ideal for summertime. Add avocado for healthy fats and protein, and go with a beet hummus if you want extra fiber and that pop of pink color.
These rolls are easy to eat with your hands and they are light and refreshing, with a bit of creamy peanut sauce for dipping. You can also add extra crushed peanuts on the side for some crunch. It’s done in 30 minutes, and you can wrap rice paper around the lettuce to make them even sturdier.
A lettuce wrap is an excellent swap for a burger bun. It holds this chicken burger well and adds in some extra veggies and fiber to keep you fuller longer. It’s also Whole30, paleo and keto approved, so it works well for various types of diets. Add spinach and artichoke to the burgers to pack in more vitamins and minerals.
These lettuce wraps are tropical and summery, since bright mango is right in season and the chicken and cashews add a nutty richness and protein to every bite. It’s a low-carb meal that works well for those on keto, and there’s a good dose of fats from the avocado and nuts to boost satiety and help you reach your macros. The best part? It’s done in 20 minutes.
White beans are underrated, since we often look to black beans or lentils instead for veggie-based, plant-protein meals. Yet, white beans have great fiber and protein, and they taste great in a lettuce wrap with peppers, herbs, and avocado. The artichokes increase fiber further, and it’s done in only 15 minutes flat.
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