Korean Beef in Lettuce Leaves – ★★★★✩

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Many years ago I fell in love with chicken lettuce wraps from P.F Changs so when I saw this recipe I had to try it. The flavor was great and not overdone but I would cut the oil down to about half because the sauce seemed too liquid-y and made these extra messy to eat. The reason Perry gave this recipe 4 stars shocked me. I’ve turned him into a chicken lover! Here is his review:

“Like Kelsey I’ve always enjoyed chicken lettuce wraps. I was intrigued by this recipe because I have to limit my red meat intake (cholesterol) so it was going to be a little treat for me. The flavor is great, but I had such high expectations having chicken lettuce wraps for so many years. I would much rather have this recipe made with chicken instead of beef. I never in a million years would have thought I’d choose chicken over beef but it is true. I give this recipe 4 stars with the potential of 5 stars when we try it with chicken.”

Serves: 4 (3 wraps per serving)      Calories: 379        Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp orange marmalade
  • 2 tbsp reduced- sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil (I would cut this in half)
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground beef
  • 8 scallions, sliced
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 12 lettuce leaves (I have a handy video to share which will help you in making lettuce cups.)

Directions:

  1. Whisk together the marmalade, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger and garlic in a small bowl. Set aside
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the beef, scallions, carrots and pepper for 5-7 minutes or until beef is browned and cooked through. Add the sauce mixture and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until well blended.
  3. If you are clueless how to make perfect lettuce cups like I was until last night. I suggest watching this instructional youtube video as it worked very well for me http://youtu.be/xDBxUNOkLi0
  4. Spoon the beef mixture into lettuce cups and serve!
  5. Enjoy!

*Photo is an original belonging to me

**Recipe is originally printed in the “Flat Belly Diet Cookbook” 

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