‘Yo So Pretty’ Lettuce Wraps

These aren’t your typical lettuce wraps! Today’s recipe is a bit of a twist on regular lettuce wraps. Typically, you would just place whatever ingredients you wanted on to the piece of lettuce, and go from there, but with these, you actually mix all the ingredients together in a bowl – like you were making a salad – and THEN place them in the lettuce wrap.

It’s a minor tweak, that has a major impact on flavour! You might wonder why you don’t just eat these as a salad? Just try the recipe, and you’ll understand why. I think everything tastes better in wrap or taco form (must be my love of all things Mexican food).

The name of the recipe, ‘Yo So Pretty’ lettuce wraps, was tweaked from one of Hungry Guys Kitchen bowl recipes! I love the name, because it highlights that you are what you eat. When you’re including these nutritious, delicious ingredients like beets, cucumbers, broccoli, parsley and lemon in your routine regularly, it’s going to show! Beauty from the inside out, folks.

If you want to catch the segment where I shared the recipe on CTV Morning Live, check it out here.

Now, on to the recipe! Don’t get overwhelmed by how long the ingredient list is – you can really make this your own, adding whatever ingredients you want! It will be ready in just over 30 minutes, so is the perfect, quick evening meal.

Prep Time:

30 mins

Cook Time:

30 mins

Total Time:

60 mins

Serves:

6

Ingredients

Chicken:

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • salt & pepper

Lettuce Wraps:

  • 1 head of romaine lettuce (the larger the better!)
  • 1 5oz tub mixed greens
  • 1 beet
  • ½ cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas
  • ½ cup goat's cheese

Dressing:

  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 TBSP tamari
  • 2 TBSP tahini
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TBSP maple syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • Pinch of fresh pepper & cayenne

Directions

Chicken

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Season with spices & lemon juice
  4. Bake for 30 minutes
  5. Once it's cooked, dice into small pieces

While The Chicken's Cooking:

  1. Dice the beets and cucumber into small bite size pieces
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas
  3. Chop parsley
  4. Crumble goat cheese
  5. Remove each piece of romaine from the head of lettuce, and cut off the end piece with the stem so that you're left with about ⅔ of the leaf

Dressing:

  1. Place all dressing ingredients in the food processor and mix well

To Assemble:

  1. Grab a large salad bowl and mix together all of the ingredients, except the sauce and lettuce wraps
  2. Toss it like you were making a salad, adding as much sauce as you like (you may not need it all)
  3. Using tongs, place a helping onto the centre of the lettuce wrap, running the same direction as the stem, so that you will fold it like a taco
  4. Enjoy!

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