Saturday, January 3, 2015

Asian Lettace Wraps

My husband and I grew up in Oklahoma were you eat black eyed peas for luck on New Years Day. Here in Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Dutch eat pork and sauerkraut . They choose pork because pigs push their snouts forward to forage for food. That is considered good luck looking forward. I am not sure why they eat sauerkraut. This is a spin on that tradition and a healthy meal for your lunch.

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Asian Lettuce Wraps

3 Teaspoons sesame oil
1 lb of ground beef or pork
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 lb thinly sliced mushrooms
½ cup of shredded carrots ( I used 3)
1-2 cups shredded cabbage
2 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce
2 tablespoons water
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
1 head of romaine lettuce

Begin by browning the meat with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil .Use the smallest amount of oil possible, it has a very strong flavor.  But, it is the key to making Chinese food at home. Then remove meat from the pan.
 Add another teaspoon of oil, and add onions, carrots, and cabbage. Sauté until onions and cabbage are translucent. Remove from skillet. Add more oil if needed. Sauté mushrooms. While the mushrooms cook, make a dressing with soy sauce, water, garlic and ginger.
In a large bowl, combine meat and all vegetables. Top with dressing and combine well. Place a couple spoon fulls of mixture in lettuce leaf. Roll up and enjoy. 

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