Lettuce wraps are a great alternative if you want to avoid sugar spikes from eating a bun at lunch or dinner. Lettuce is low in calories and carbs, and with its vitamins, fiber, and high water component, it can help you stay healthy and hydrated.
Lettuce wraps have endless variations, but the ones we gathered below are rich in protein, quick to prepare, and full of flavor. Be sure to add these healthy timesavers to your meal plans!
Strawberry Salsa Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
Strawberries are a common buy for many families in summer. They’re perfect on their own, but you can also turn them into a savory and colorful dish with frozen shrimp, lime, and herbs. No cooking required to prepare this pretty salsa.
Chicken Lettuce Cups
The hoisin, soy sauce, and rice vinegar mixture is the secret to this savory meal. Its sweet and salty zest pairs well with the sauteed chicken and lettuce leaves. This recipe also uses water chestnuts, which adds texture and improves the flavor.
Fried Avocado BLT
Pan-fried avocado? If you haven’t tried cooking avocado yet, this recipe lets you taste how it can be creamy and crunchy at the same time. And with sugar-free bacon in your “sandwich,” your kids would finish this meal with a smile.
Tuna Egg Salad Lettuce Cups
Open a canned tuna, mixed it with hard-boiled egg slices, herbs, and dressing, and you have a protein-rich meal in minutes. As this recipe suggests, add celery or cucumbers for some crunch and pickle or green olives for a bit of a sour kick.
Taco Lettuce Wraps
If you miss tacos but don’t want to bolus for the crunchy shells, this is the recipe to try. Top it with sliced avocado, shredded cheese, or any topping of your choice, and you’re in for a Mexican treat. Got a busy week ahead? Double the meat and store it in the fridge for a make-ahead dinner.
Lettuce Wraps with Turkey & Roasted Peppers
Are you planning to go on a picnic? Wrap deli turkey, veggies, and cheese in a large lettuce leaf for your no-sweat lunch. This recipe uses roasted pepper, but if you (or your kids) are not a fan of it, you can substitute it with tomatoes.