Oh hello there healthy, green lettuce filled with amazing porkie deliciousness smothered with peanut sauce. So nice to meet you.
If we’re making introductions, let me introduce you to another food blogger who has had a big impact on my personal life and foodie obsession. Lisa Leake, from 100 Days of Real Food, has an interesting story and is a huge inspiration for my own food journey. I adapted this recipe from her awesome cookbook…I made a few tweaks to her recipe, and of course made my peanut sauce to drizzle on top, which I’ve used for other recipes like my Udon Noodles with Peanut Sauce.
Really, you can’t go wrong with this one. It’s a simple and quick meal to whip out on a busy weekday night, and it’s one of those dinners where you’ll be coming back for seconds, thirds, fourths…and so it goes. (Claim proven by the five lettuce wraps eaten by my husband…) But you’re wrapping your meat in lettuce so coming back for fifths is ok…right???
Serve this as an appetizer, or make some brown rice to go with it and you have yourself a full-blown meal.
- 2 tsp. coconut oil
- 2/3 cup green onions, diced
- 1 ¼ cup carrots, peeled and minced
- 2 heaping Tbsp. peeled and minced fresh ginger
- 1 ½ lbs. ground pork
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp. sesame oil
- Big pinch of red pepper flakes
- Juice from one lime (about 1 Tbsp.)
- 1 tsp. hot sauce (we recommend Sriracha sauce)
- 1 [8 oz.] can water chestnuts, drained and roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
- Large lettuce leaves for serving (Romaine holds up very well, or butter lettuce works well to wrap the meat in.)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon oil
- ¼ cup natural peanut butter
- ¼ cup water
- Make the peanut sauce. Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Store in the fridge until ready to serve. Before serving, shake well.
- In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil on medium-high heat and add the green onions. Cook on low heat until soft, about 3 minutes. Don't let them brown or burn!
- Add the diced carrots and minced ginger and allow to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the ground pork and cook until browned and cooked through, stirring occasionally and breaking up the chunks.
- Stir in the soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, lime juice, hot sauce and water chestnuts and allow to simmer for another 5-6 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the chopped cilantro.
- Scoop into lettuce leaves and drizzle with peanut sauce.
***This post contains affiliate links. We love the 100 Day’s of Real Food Cookbook and think everyone should have a copy on hand! The cookbook teaches what “real food” is, and it has amazing recipes! Check it out here.