If you’re looking for a lighter way to enjoy your lunchtime wrap, then switching the buns and bread out for lettuce leaves is a delicious and healthy option. Fill them up with tasty combinations of meats, vegetables, and sauces to create flavors and textures that will tantalize the taste buds. Here are a few of our favorite lettuce wrap recipes!
1. Chicken and Cheese Lettuce Wraps
Crisp iceberg lettuce leaves give a satisfying texture to this healthy lettuce lunch and they are big enough to pack full of chunky chicken and tangy cheddar. If you’re watching your weight, this lettuce wrap provides you with plenty of protein but is ultra-low in carbs - with roughly 4 grams per serving. Get the recipe right here.
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2. Slow Cooked Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Anything made in the slow cooker is a winner in our eyes and this crock pot buffalo chicken is no exception. Just add chicken, onion, celery, garlic and some chicken broth to your crock pot and cook on high for 4 hours. Then, instead of piling the meat onto potatoes or a bun, add it to lettuce leaves for a lighter and fresher alternative. It’s the perfect recipe to enjoy all the flavors of buffalo chicken but without the guilt!
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3. Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Who doesn’t love Thai food? These Thai turkey lettuce wraps are easy to make and so delicious that you won’t even miss your side of rice or noodles. The ground turkey packs the protein without the fat of chicken while the caramelized onions, carrots, and red peppers bring a sweetness that combines perfectly with the Thai flavors.
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4. Taco Lettuce Wrap
You can still get your taco fix and be healthy with these simple taco lettuce wraps. You can use lean beef mince or, for an even healthier option, turkey mince. Just brown the meat, add the salsa, chilies, and seasoning and heat through. Spoon the taco mixture into your lettuce leaves and top with shredded cheese and tomatoes. Delicious tacos in less than 30minutes!
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5. Kofta Lettuce Wraps
For a wrap bursting with Middle Eastern flavors try these grilled lamb kofta lettuce wraps. The refreshing butter lettuce makes the perfect ‘cup’ to hold the meatballs. Add in slices of crunchy cucumber, ripe tomatoes, fresh mint and Tzatziki Sauce for a kofta kebab that is packed full of flavor but is light and low carb.
6. Sesame Beef Lettuce Wraps
This sesame beef lettuce wrap recipe is super tasty and healthy. The sweet and garlicky beef combined with the mushrooms makes it a filling meal but without the heaviness. It’s low in fat but high in flavor!
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7. Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps
This chipotle chicken lettuce wrap will have your taste buds singing. Brown your chicken, dice it and whip up the chipotle sauce in a food processor with cilantro, lime juice, and chipotle peppers. Add chicken and sauce to the pan with some corn and diced bell peppers and let it heat through. Then, serve on fresh leaves of romaine or butter lettuce. Delicious!