I remember the first time I had lettuce wraps at a restaurant, I loved them. Such an interesting combination, the cool lettuce with the warm and spicy meat mixture, full of flavors. I loved it. I have since then started making them at home. This is an ideal dish for those on a low carb diet and it is such a quick meal, you can really make this any night of the week.
This version of lettuce wraps is very simple, not a whole lot of ingredients but still full of flavor. This is a healthier version and I have calculated the weight watchers points for it. I decided to mix two different types of ground meat, turkey because it’s really low in fat and some ground beef because it has a bit of fat and it will give it a bit more flavor.
You can use any type of meat you choose, ground chicken, ground veal, ground pork, whatever you choose. To add a bit more bulk to the ground meat I added about 4 cups of bean sprouts which adds a ton of vitamins to this dish and makes it that much more good for you.
If you’ve never had bean sprouts, they are the edible shoots of certain bean plants. The most common bean sprouts are the mung bean sprouts and they have been used for centuries for their nutritional and medical benefits. Some of those benefits include a rich source of amino acids, vitamins and minerals and a good amount of fiber. They include all types of vitamins: A, B, C, D, E, K, folic acid and they are also an excellent source of iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc. So as you can see they are really good for you, so you can really add bean sprouts to all types of dishes to add extra nutrition. I can go on and on about the benefits of bean sprouts but I think you get the point.
Well besides all the health benefits of this dish, it also tastes great which is the most important. The flavor and spices from this dish comes from the onion, garlic, chili garlic sauce, oyster sauce and soy sauce. There is no need to add any salt at all because you get plenty of salt from the soy sauce and the oyster sauce. Lettuce wraps make for a perfect appetizer or as a whole meal, we ate them as a meal and they were very satisfying. My husband, the picky eater that he is, kept mumbling after he ate the lettuce wraps how good they were, and I usually don’t get that from him, at least he won’t say it over and over.