Asian Lettuce Wraps
|October 13, 2011||Filled under Main Dish, Pork|
It is just around the corner. It is the string of events our taste buds crave and our hips and thighs dread. It is the grand finale of the year, a 5k not a sprint. It is the holiday season which means one thing for cooks and foodies; wonderfully rich foods piled on plates, doused with gravy and finished with an ooey gooey pie. Lord have mercy, this is my favorite time of year! This time of year is like preseason. My husband has barricaded himself in front of the tv for post season baseball and mid season football. Meanwhile I am dusting off my most festive recipes and stocking piling cinnamon and brown sugar.
If only we could pack up all the calories we take on during this season like the decorations we put in the attic January 1st. I read somewhere that after 30 we must fight not to gain those few permanent pounds each year. (As if gravity were not cruel enough!) Being ever conscious of the bountiful goodies coming in just a little more than a month, I am making a real effort to “go lite.” Hence Asian Lettuce Wraps which are low on carbs but big on flavor. I held out little hope that my children would enjoy the lighter side of fall. But I was pleasantly surprised when both girls had second wraps. I would like to think it is my superb cooking skills but I am certain it was only the novelty of meat wrapped in a large, bright lettuce leaf. So if you are a foodie drooling in anticipation of the feasts to come, try these wraps while you wait. Mama always said “everything in moderation.” So for now, moderation. No promises come turkey day
- 1 lb thin pork chops, cut into 1/2 inch strips
- 10 oz pkg frozen Asian veggie mix
- 1/2 cup Stir Fry Sauce (found in Asian food section of grocery store)
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- dash salt and pepper
- 8 large Romaine lettuce leaves
- 1/2 cup finely shredded cheese
Putting It All Together:
- In a large skillet over medium heat cook pork strips until no longer pink.
- Add all remaining ingredients (except Romaine lettuce).
- Stir well to mix then cover and cook on medium low heat for 15 minutes.
- Place desired amount of pork mix in center of lettuce leaf.
- Sprinkle with shredded cheese.