Wednesday, September 28, 2011

0 Lettuce Wraps...but these are not like PF Chang's

A good friend of mine, Gareth, makes these quick and easy wraps often. They have a  mediterranean flavor and are pretty good for you too. Again, this is a versatile meal – you can have brown rice on the side, or put it in with the beef, or you can substitute chicken or black beans for the beef. This meal would taste good with sour cream cucumbers too.

Lettuce Wraps
1 lb 85% or better ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
¼ c raisins
¼ c diced dried apricots
small bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
2 Tbl olive oil
1 tsp turmeric
dash of cinnamon (literally one or two shakes only)
¼ tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
¼ c almonds, chopped or slivered (optional)
8-10 romaine, green leaf or red leaf lettuce leaves (I prefer romaine, it holds up better)

Heat oil in skillet over medium heat, saute onion and garlic for a minute or two, then brown the beef, add spices while browning. Add the raisins, apricots and parsley. Cook for 5 more minutes. Top with almonds. Serve hot, spoon meat mixture into lettuce leaves and wrap like a burrito. Serves 4.

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