Fiesta Lettuce Wraps

I thought that by making this dish the Wednesday before Expo West that I’d be able to post it in a timely manner and not leave you hanging for a week. Clearly, this is not the case. I’ve already been caught up in the Expo, along with finishing some Easter Brunch recipe for a VegNews web feature (!!!). I CANNOT wait to share both of those with you, as there are a lot of really awesome new, vegan products debuting at the Expo this year; and the brunch recipes that I’m making are SO good. (If I don’t say so myself ;))

Basically, this all came together when the lovely Jill from Vegan Cuts came into town and stayed with me for a night, before heading off to Anaheim. She was starving, but wanted something healthy to eat, especially after indulging at the New York Veg Fest (I’m not jealous, oh wait, yes I am). I’ve been wanting to make some lettuce wraps, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to make them more Asian or Mexican-inspired. This problem was quickly solved after I spotted a can of black beans and my mind began racing.

These wraps are great because they’re totally plant-based, oil-free, and flavorful! Not to mention, a good amount of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. What more could you ask for? Maybe dessert. :D Here we have your black beans, your quinoa, some plantains, bell peppers, spinach and more. Plus, when you ditch the tortilla for lettuce, you drop the empty calories and extra carbs.

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Fiesta Lettuce Wraps

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Serves: 2-3

A refreshing, filling fiesta lettuce wrap recipe that's vegan and delicious!
Ingredients
  • ½ C. Quinoa (not cooked)
  • 1 C. + 2 Tbsp. Water
  • ¼ C. Veggie Broth or Water
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • ½ C. Red Onion, Diced
  • ½ C. Orange Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 1 Plantain, Peeled and Chopped
  • 1- 15 oz. Can of Black Beans, Drained and Rinsed
  • 2 C. Baby Spinach
  • ¼ C. Salsa or Chopped Tomato
  • ½ Tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Ground Cumin
  • ½ tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ C. Fresh Cilantro, Loosely Packed
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Lime Juice, Plus additional Lime Wedges for Serving
  • Salt to Taste
  • ½ an Avocado, Cubed for Garnish
  • 4-6 Large Lettuce Leaves, I used Romaine and chopped off the thick rib part
Instructions
  1. In a small pan or rice cooker, combine the dried quinoa and 1 C. of water. If you're using a pan, bring to a boil, lower heat to a simmer and cook covered for 20 minutes.
  2. While that is cooking, warm the ¼ C. of veggie broth/water over medium heat in a large pan.
  3. Once hot, saute the red onion and garlic together until the onions start to become clear. Add the bell pepper and plantain into the mixture and saute until the bell pepper has become softer.
  4. Next, stir in the black beans, baby spinach, quinoa and salsa/tomato; cook until the spinach is wilted.
  5. Add the spices, cilantro and lime to the pan, making sure that the spices are evenly incorporated. Season with salt to taste.
  6. Garnish with avocado.

I feel as though I’ll be needing more of these next week to try to get my meals back on track! Expo West has a fantastic/horrible way of having you live off of samples for longer than its three-day run. Oy. Hey, there’s worse problems out there, and I’m so glad that I’m able to attend and hopefully show you lots of goodies, next week, in a recap.

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21 Responses to Fiesta Lettuce Wraps

  1. Another ‘Oh my’!! I love the Quinoa / Spinach additions. And since Mexican food is my favorite, this one fits me perfectly. Looks scrumptious :)

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Thank you, so much, Angela! The spinach was really a last minute addition, but it was great to have more greens in this dish!

  2. This is incredible. All the colourful veggies and spices. Totally on my list of things to make. Keep tasty healthy meals like this coming. :)

  3. I love this! I was just thinking of making some and here you are. Must follow your recipe. It’s delish. Thanks for sharing :-)

  4. This is exactly my kind of meal- I love that you included plantain! I have an international store near me where I can buy them but for some reason never think to get them.
    Am so with you on those samples at veg festivals! I always end up overdoing it…

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      I hardly ever use plantain, so I’m glad that I thought to include it. It’s such an interesting ingredient! Now that the Expo is over, I think Sunday was probably the worst sample day for me. Oops! ;)

  5. I love meals like this! I call it the “One Pot Wonder Meal”; a bean, a green and a grain. The perfect vegan food in my opinion. I always just eat this concoction from a bowl but your suggestion of putting it into a lettuce wrap sounds like so much fun! Fiesta indeed ;)

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Oooh! A bowl sounds super solid, as well! I think I really had it in the lettuce so that I’d get some more greenery.

  6. I remember seeing this post the other, and wished it was my lunch! I love that you added plantains, what a fun addition! Your lettuce wraps sound delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

  7. Looking totally awesome as always! :) YAY!

  8. I just found you on finding vegan. All of your dishes look delicious and nutritious! Fun to look at, lovely stuff, I will follow. Thank you!

  9. jennisahagun

    This meal was DELICIOUS! Thank you so much for posting it. I made it today and felt so grateful and delighted to eat every bite. Now I go for a walk to use the wonderful “fuel” I just put in my body. Wonderful!

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      That is so awesome! I love your uplifting comment and am so, so glad that you enjoyed the wraps! :)

  10. I absolutely loved the Fiesta Lettuce Wraps! I made them the night before and the day of I wrapped them in aluminum foil and took them to a picnic. OMGosh they’re so phenomenal!

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