20 hearty lettuce wraps that you might mistake for comfort food


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An easy way to make lettuce wraps less boring is to pretend it’s a tortilla — fill it with delicious ingredients and you’ve got yourself a simple, speedy, low-carb meal.

These recipes are for the dieter who hates diet food. You’ll enjoy every bite and walk away feeling satisfied and full. Not to mention they’re a delectable way to use up all the lettuce you buy that always partly goes to waste. 


1. Buffalo chicken lettuce wraps

Turn up the heat with these buffalo chicken lettuce wraps from Ella Claire Inspired. Feel free to use a hot sauce of your choosing, but you really can’t go wrong with the Franks brand. Afraid of the spice? Don’t be! The blue cheese nicely balances the heat in each bite.


2. Bang bang shrimp lettuce wraps

For those weeknights when you’re too lazy to whip up anything glamorous but don’t want to give in to takeout temptation: These bang bang shrimp wraps from I Thee Cook take only 20 minutes to make and are surprisingly satisfying for a meal wrapped in lettuce.


3. Turkey taco lettuce wraps

Our go-to meal when we crave comfort food but don’t want to destroy our diet, these turkey taco lettuce wraps from Skinnytaste are exactly what they sound like: tacos, only wrapped with lettuce instead of a high-calorie tortilla. Two taco wraps clock in at only 134 calories and 2 grams of fat — plus, they pack 21 grams of protein!


4. Mu shu chicken lettuce wraps

Satisfy your Chinese-food craving with Prevention RD’s mu shu chicken wraps, which combine Asian flavors from ingredients like ginger, soy sauce, hoisin sauce and garlic (and topped with crunchy cashews). In just 15 minutes, you’ll have a healthy, delicious meal totaling just 271 calories and 11.7 grams of fat for three lettuce wraps.


5. Mushroom & quinoa lettuce cups

These lettuce cups from Love & Lemons are loaded with good-for-you grub: cucumber, carrots, peanuts, mushrooms and quinoa, to name a few. The hearty mix is then topped with peanut tofu sauce and (optional) spicy sriracha sauce. 


6. Spicy Sriracha steak lettuce wraps

One word: NOM. In this Simply Scratch recipe for steak lettuce wraps, the chopped cube steak is marinated in a mouthwatering mix of honey, tamari, coconut oil and sriracha. Once stir-fried, you can spoon it into a giant piece of lettuce, top it with a fresh cucumber relish and enjoy as a meal or snack. 


7. Clean & lean turkey lunch wrap

Introducing your new, healthy brown-bagged lunch: clean & lean turkey lettuce wraps from DaydreamKitchen. All you need is iceberg lettuce, roast turkey slices, cucumber slices, hummus and paprika. Wrap it up, pack it up and bring it to the office. 


8. Healthy falafel lettuce wraps

Adapted from Hungry Girl’s falafel pita pockets recipe, these lettuce wraps are stuffed with homemade falafel that’s baked instead of fried for fewer calories and less fat. Bonus: The recipe comes with a recipe for “dill-icious yogurt dip” to top it all off. With three falafel balls and the dip, you’re looking at only 139 calories and 2 grams of fat. 


9. Curry chicken salad lettuce wraps

Honey, Ghee & Me packs butter lettuce leaves with some seriously flavorful chicken salad, which includes Granny Smith apple, celery and red onion (for a nice crunch!); apricots; and, of course, curry. Gotta love it when finger food is actually nutritious. 


10. Vietnamese pork lettuce wraps

These crunchy lettuce wraps from Taste of Home use ground pork, chopped cucumber, sweet red pepper, green onions, carrots, jalapeno and peanuts, as well as some Asian-cuisine staples like gingerroot, soy sauce, mirin, hoisin sauce and — if you’re feeling adventurous — fish sauce (optional). Lettuce has never been this interesting.