Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Quick and Easy Meals

If you are a busy person or can’t stand spending your time in the kitchen, you always appreciate a really quick meal.  One of the easiest I’ve found is lettuce wraps.

To make a lettuce wrap, you simply buy romaine lettuce (or endive, or any type of lettuce that you can make a little cup out of,) take a favorite filling and put it inside the lettuce cup.  Roll it up and eat it like a burrito! 

Do you have leftover Mexican dip from yesterday’s party?  Leftover veggie ceviche (see January 20th blog)?  Leftover couscous?  Many types of leftovers can easily be wrapped up in lettuce leaves and made into a quick meal.  Here are a couple of easy ideas, in case you don’t have leftovers handy:

Black Bean Lettuce Wraps
Take a can of black beans, 2 tablespoons of salsa, 1 teaspoon of cumin and 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro.  Mix together, put into lettuce cups and serve.

Hummus Lettuce Wraps
Spread hummus on lettuce leaves, top with sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, chopped basil and chopped kalamata olives.  Roll up and serve.

Kid’s Lettuce Wraps
Spread almond butter on lettuce leaves, slice banana on top, and serve.  This is a fantastic way to get your kids to eat greens!

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