Low-carb, low-effort, and fridge-friendly dinner idea
In all their variations, lettuce wraps are always a favorite at my house. They are easy to prepare, quick to cook, and allow you to add to them as many ingredients as you want. The filling could also be put in a container and reheated for healthy and delicious lunch.
Why I like this recipe
This lettuce wrap recipe is relatively cheap and gives you several important nutrients for a healthy and balanced diet. It’s also a good way to sneak in some extra vegetables if you have picky eaters at home without breaking the bank.
Ground Chicken – Chicken is a universal, cheap, and tasty protein that is easily accessible. A pound of lean ground chicken is usually between $3-5 in your local grocery store (more expensive if you opt for organic). Depending on how lean it is, it could have a very low-fat content, and 3oz usually packs about 20 g of protein.
Vegetables – Bell pepper, carrot, lettuce, and spring onion are also cheap and readily available in your local grocery store. Vegetables are rich in fiber which is important for gut health and digestion, vitamins, and a source of natural sugar, which our body needs for energy. You can purchase a single pepper, carrot, and a bunch of spring onions for about $2-3 and a head of lettuce for less than $2.
Honey – While the recipe does not require a ton of honey and is added mostly for flavor, honey is a magical ingredient for several health. While honey contains sugar, this is a natural source of unrefined sugar. It is a good antioxidant and better affects blood sugar levels than sugar. I like replacing sugar and other sweeteners when I cook with honey to get that extra benefit. Bonus if you use locally sourced honey. It could help you reduce seasonal allergy symptoms.
Avocado oil – I like cooking with avocado oil as it is one of the cleaner oil options on the market. You can read a bit more about my choices of oil and why I avoid certain oils in my post about Favorite Cooking Oils and Fats. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, olive oil is great and will add some extra flavor, but please do not use Extra Virgin olive oil as it is not supposed to be used under high heat.
Easy Chicken Lettuce Wrap
- 1 lbs Ground Chicken
- 3 Spring Onions Chopped
- 1 Bell Pepper
- 1 Carrot
- 1 Iceberg Lettuce
- 1 tbsp Avocado Oil You can replace with olive oil, see post for details
- 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 2 tbsp Honey
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Heat oil in pan and add the ground chicken. Cook through until the meat starts browinig and separates easily.
- Chop your bell pepper, carrot and onions. Add them to the pan with the meat and save the green parts of the spring onions for later.
- While your meet and vegetables are cooking, mix your honey and soy sauce n a bow, then add them to your pan. Mix everything well, add salt and pepper to taste, but be careful with the salt as the soy sauce probably will add some of that depending on the brand you use.
- Separate lettuce leaves from your iceberg lettuce, use only as many as you need, you can leave what is left of your lettuce head in the fridge for leftovers or for tasty salad later.
- Add the filling to the lettuce cups, garnish with the green parts of the spring onion