Quick & Easy Meal - Thai Lettuce Wraps

Here is another quick and easy meal that we have recently added to our dinner rotation. It is healthful and full of flavor. This recipe is another winner from Mary Ostyn's book, Family Feasts for $75 a Week. Feel free to customize the veggies to your family's liking. We have had this twice in the last month - once with Boston lettuce and once with Romaine. The Boston lettuce was more tender and much easier to roll and eat. My son, Jack, loved this meal.
Thai Lettuce Wraps
recipe from Family Feasts for $75 week

Boston or Butter Lettuce, one head (can also use romaine, chard, or any big leafy green)
2-3 carrots, peeled and then shredded
2 celery stalks, diced
1 onion, chopped fine
2-3 cloves garlic
1 lb lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
1 tsp sesame oil (can omit)
1/4 cup soy sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1-2 cups of cooked white or brown rice

Separate leaves of lettuce from head, and wash each leaf well. Dry in between paper towels and set aside.

Cook ground meat in a large skillet with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, if you have it. If you are using ground turkey, you will probably need a tablespoon or two of oil as you cook it.

Once the meat is cooked, remove from pan with a slotted spoon and cook chopped veggies in the remaining oil until soft. Return meat to pan and mix with veggies and soy sauce. Add a cup or two of cooked rice, if desired. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium heat for a few more minutes, until ingredients are well mixed and heated.

Serve by wrapping leaves of lettuce around several tablespoons of meat.


  1. my husband's birthday is tuesday so i'm totally going to make these for his birthday party! would you say that they are like P.F. Chang's lettuce wraps?

  2. Embee, I've never eaten at P.F. Chang's but I think these are pretty tasty! They are a bit messy to eat, just to warn you :) Hope the party goes well.

  3. they came out great! i also made your beef and broccoli. he loved it! thanks for the recipes.


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