The Litigator Lettuce Wrap

photo_4With no shame I admit I am a huge fan of lettuce wraps. PF Changs, the local take out place, it doesn’t matter where they come from, I adore them.

The reality is, a lot of lettuce wraps have delectable sauces but these sauces are very high in sodium, contain MSG, or other additives that may leave you feeling heavy after your meal. Plus, becoming a regular at the take out place by my house was enough of an alarm that it was time for me to learn how to make a healthy, quick, and equally tasty version of my own.photo_1

Hence, the litigator lettuce wrap. Easy enough that even after a day spent preparing and litigating in court, you could come home, and quickly whip this up as a meal with the last bit of energy you have left.

I was particularly fond of this recipe since it finally gave me the opportunity to pick the beautiful lettuce growing in my backyard and put the leaves to use as the starlets in a supporting role for this dish. There really is something outstanding about home grown lettuce. It’s not as bitter, and is so vibrant in color.

The Litigator Lettuce Wrap

by Pleadings & Pasta © 2013

photo_2Ingredients (double if necessary)

1/2 lb of ground chicken

1 can of water chestnuts

1 large roasted red pepper

6 scallions

3 cloves of garlic

Sesame oil

Several large lettuce leaves

For sauce:

3 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 tablespoon of honey

2 tablespoons of Sriracha

1 tablespoon of Teriyaki

2 tablespoons of water

1. Chop into small pieces the water chestnuts, red pepper, and scallions.

2. Sautee over medium heat the chopped garlic in sesame oil. Once lightly browned add the water chestnuts, red pepper, and scallions. Sautee for about 5 minutes until cooked.

3. Remove from pan and place in bowl. Add a bit more sesame oil and add ground chicken. Cook through until no longer raw. Add sauce and sauteed vegetables and sautee until incorporated (about 2-3 minutes)

4. Spoon mixture into each lettuce leaves. Wrap up, and enjoy!


Gardening tip: The beautiful thing is, when you plant your own lettuce, it’s the gift that keeps giving. So once you take a few leaves off, your plant will produce more! That means there are a lot more lettuce wrap nights in your future.


Eat with all of your heart,