Southern Fried Fitness Recipes

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

80% Dinner Idea! Five Spice Beef Lettuce Wraps

Absolutely delicious and falls perfectly into your 80% healthy food choice!  Enjoy and share your thoughts! 

Simmer for the dipping sauce:

¼ cup rice vinegar

¼ cup fresh lime juice

2 T. sugar

1 T. fresh ginger, minced

1 T. chili garlic sauce

Prepare condiments (keep separate):

½ cup fresh cilantro leaves

½ cup cucumber, seeded, thinly sliced

½ cup dry roasted peanuts, chopped

½ cup carrot, cut into thin strips

¼ cup torn fresh mint leaves

1 lime, cut into small wedges

8 Boston or Bibb lettuce leaves


1/3 cup dry sherry

¼ cup shallots, thinly sliced

2 T. sugar

1 T. chili garlic sauce

Toss; saute in 1 T. vegetable oil:

1 lb. flank steak or top sirloin, trimmed, and diced

½ t. kosher salt

½ t. Chinese five spice powder

½ t. toasted sesame oil

Off heat, stir in:

½ cup canned water chestnuts, drained, chopped

1/3 cup scallions, sliced

Simmer first 5 ingredients in a sauce pan until thickened, about 5 minutes.

Prepare cilantro, cucumbers, peanuts, carrot, mint, lime, and lettuce; chill.

Combine sherry, shallots, sugar, and garlic sauce in a small bowl; set aside.

Toss beef, seasonings, and sesame oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat until seared, 3 minutes. Add sherry mixture and simmer 5 minutes.

Off heat, stir in water chestnuts and scallions. Assemble with ¼ cup beef mixture in each lettuce leaf. Top with condiments; serve with dipping sauce.

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