Recently, I have been struggling to find a delicious, inexpensive, gluten-free meal/recipe that I could make. I was actually browsing pinterest, while watching the Pioneer Woman on The Food Network. I watched her make an amazing, simple meal of Asian Lettuce Wraps. I was unable to write down the recipe fast enough, but I found what I believed was a VERY similar recipe on the Food Network, by Sunny Anderson. Fortunately for me, this recipe contains ingredients that I generally keep in stock in my pantry! The only thing I had to purchase was the hoisin sauce (YAY for budget friendly!).
The wraps ARE a bit spicy, but they are delicious! The coolness of the lettuce also helps to counteract the spiciness of the meat. I will warn you: if you are gluten-intolerant, like I am, you may need to browse the Asian section (or sometimes the "gourmet" section) of your grocery store fairly carefully to find gluten-free soy sauce or gluten-free hoisin sauce.
Josh and I finished off the entire pan of meat in one sitting the first time we made this! The other few times we made it, we saved some for lunch/dinner leftovers the next day.
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 pound ground beef
2-inch piece ginger (we used ground)
2 cloves garlic,
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1 head Boston lettuce, leaves separated, cleaned and dried (we sometimes use Romaine Lettuce)
1. In skillet over medium-high heat, add the vegetable oil and saute beef until brown.
2. Stir in ginger, garlic, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, and hoisin sauce. Cook for 1 minute.
3. Remove from heat and stir in peanuts.
4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
5. Serve warm, wrapped in lettuce!
Want a vegetarian option?? Check out the Pioneer Woman's vegetarian recipe with tofu HERE!