This is such an easy to make, healthy dish with lots of fresh Asian flavours. Children also love putting it together so let them choose a lettuce cup, fill and roll it themselves. I’ve even had children over who generally refuse to eat salad, happily eat this, lettuce and all!
Why is it so nutritious?
Well, the mince or quinoa is a great source of protein. The garlic, ginger and shitake are great for immune support. The lettuce and vegetables add valuable nutrients and fibre.
Try it for lunch or dinner. It’s a real favourite in our household.
1 iceberg or butter leaf lettuce, washed and leaves separated
500gram turkey or chicken mince
1 red onion, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon sweet chilli
1 tablespoon tamari
¼ cup cashew nuts toasted
1 lime, juiced
I often add all of these, but feel free to adjust to suit your taste:
1-2 cm ginger, peeled and grated
1 cup mushrooms, shitake (best), button or Swiss brown, sliced
2-3 carrots, peeled and diced or julienned
1 red capsicum, julienned
1 red chilli, seeded and diced
Handful Thai basil, leaves picked (or finely chopped for fussy kids)
Handful Vietnamese or regular mint, leaves picked (or finely chopped for fussy kids)
Handful of coriander leaves, leaves picked (or finely chopped for fussy kids)
1 kaffir lime leave, finely chopped
Substitute the mince with quinoa.
Swap the cashews for toasted sesame seeds.
For kids (or adults) who just won’t eat lettuce
Serve the mince mix on rice or quinoa.
Make it go further
I often have a little left over mince from this meal. So I use it to make another meal the next day. These are ways I stretch it:
Time saving tip
I always prepare all of my ingredients in advance and just throw this together at the last minute as the cooking time is very minimal. I also have a julienne peeler (from a kitchen appliance shop), which I love as it juliennes perfectly and quickly.
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