Weekday dinners seem to have fallen to the wayside lately, and I think we all need a little more help finding fast and easy dinners that can be put together in a short amount of time, and something that the entire family will love.
In comes my go to recipe for Chinese lettuce wraps. I always have all the ingredients for this in my fridge and freezer, so it’s always available to toss together when I find that I don’t have the energy of the will power to throw together a great meal.
See how tasty that looks !??!
Here are all the ingredients you’ll need.
1 pound of ground pork
1 pound of ground chicken or turkey (You can also use ground beef, which I did this time around)
1 yellow cooking onion
1 green onion
1 red pepper
Fresh ground ginger
I used my mandolin to finely chop up the cooking onion. I find that it’s so much faster and easier than chopping it by hand.
Chop up the green onion and red pepper and set asside, you’ll use these as toppings later.
Fry up the meat and the onion in a large frying pan. While it is frying, add in a tablespoon of Soya sauce, and a tablespoon or two of Hoisin sauce. (it all depends on your tastes) Also add in some of your freshly grated Ginger and let the flavours cook together.
You may want to drain off the excess fat and moisture once it’s cooked through.
To assemble, you’ll need to peel the leaves off of your head of lettuce. A trick that I’ve leaned to easily remove the core of the lettuce head, is to hold in in your hand with the core at the bottom, and smash it against the counter. This breaks the core from the leaves and you can easily remove it from the head. Cool eh?
Peel the leaves off, and spoon in the meat mixture, top with the green onion and red peppers, and some more Hoisin sauce. mmmmmm. Enjoy!
The best part about this fast and easy meal, is that there is only one frying pan to clean up! Could it get any better? I think not!