Saturday, June 27, 2015

Healthy Mexican Lettuce Wraps

My family loves Mexican food, but sometimes it becomes too heavy. We decided to use lettuce as an alternative to taco shells. It is a full of protein and very little carbs. I know wrapping beans and veggies in lettuce probably doesn't sound like the most exciting way to serve it, but believe me you'll agree that tacos are all about fillings and toppings. Take away the taco shell, and you still got amazing flavors. When I made this dish my family just loved it, I hope my followers will like it too!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serving: 4


For Black Beans:
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime/lemon juice 
  • Salt to taste
For Salad:
  • 8 leaves of romaine lettuce
  • 1 cup red onions diced
  • 1 cup plum tomato diced
  • 1 cup avocado diced
  • 1/2 cup green capsicum
  • 1/2 cup red capsicum
  • 4 jalapeno sliced
  • 1/2 cup spring onion
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves
  • 4 teaspoon lime juice to sprinkle
  • Black pepper and salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup Mexican cheese (optional)
Directions :
  1. To make beans place a skillet or pot over medium high, add oil, add diced onion, cook while stirring until soft
  2. Add minced garlic, jalapeno, salt and black pepper, saute for 1 minute
  3. Add black beans and cumin powder, stir for few minutes (3 to 4 minutes)
  4. Squeeze the lemon juice on the top, stir and beans are ready to serve
  5. Mix all the veggies in a bowl, add black pepper, salt and coriander leaves except lettuce
  6. Place lettuce on a plate, in a center pile the beans mixture, lay on beans all the veggies. sprinkle the lemon juice and add fresh salsa on the top
  7. Lettuce wrap is ready to serve
You can also add fresh guacamole, sour cream and tofu.
For salsa check the out this Homemade fresh salsa. For Jain minus the onion and garlic, and still the taste will be yummy.

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