Asian Sweet & Spicy Beef Lettuce Wraps

These were yummy! Of course, when you’re making yours, you don’t have to use all the grass-fed organic beef and the low-sodium soy sauce and all that organic stuff, and this will still taste fabulous, but it won’t be as good for you! Substitute at will and enjoy!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pound grass-fed, lean ground beef, organic
  • 2 teaspoons of Asian/dark sesame oil
  • 1 large purple onion, diced
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce (I love this stuff!)
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 1 tablespon rice or rice wine vinegar
  • Asian chile pepper sauce
  • 2 carrots, cut into toothpick sticks
  • Romaine or Butter lettuce (I used romaine)
  • 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
  • Cilantro
  • 2 red Thai peppers (fresh is best, dry is okay)
  • Peanuts (I used raw, organic–but salted and/or dry roasted are fine)
  • two roma tomatoes, chopped
  • raw goat’s milk cheddar cheese

In a skillet, add the sesame oil, garlic, onion, ginger and vinegar and cook until the onions are translucent.

Add ground beef to skillet and stir/blend well with the onion mixture. Once the meat is mostly cooked, add the carrot sticks and chile pepper sauce and red Thai peppers to the meat and continue to mix and cook until the meat is done.

Arrange lettuce leaves on the plates. Drain the meat well and then scoop up the meat mixture and put on the leaf. Top with chopped green onion, cilantro to taste (I like cilantro a lot!) chopped tomatoes and a small portion of cheese (not traditionally Asian, but I like my raw cheese!).

Then take the peanuts and crush/crumble them and sprinkle them on top of the wraps.

If you want, a squirt of lime juice over the entire wrap adds a nice touch and blends well with this dish. Hoisin and lime always seems to go well together. If you have the time (this is a very fast meal to make once you have the ingredients out), you can make a peanut sauce to add to the wraps.

This is one of my favorite quickie meals, because it’s good for you, can be made healthy and nutritiously, but it doesn’t take very long at all. It’s as fast as making Hamburger Helper, but much, much better for you. The worst part is just getting all the ingredients out. If you’ve never cooked with Hoisin Sauce, you must find a recipe that uses it–many of the Asian recipes do. I really like the stuff.

Enjoy!

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