Veggie Cashew Curry Lettuce Wraps!

First off – I’ve been getting so much great feedback from people that have tried my recipes!! Thank you guys! You seriously have no idea how excited that makes me! I’m so glad you’ve been loving my dishes. If you make one, let me know! Tag me on Instagram! I love seeing the beautiful meals you’re making for yourself and your family!! πŸ™‚

 

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OK – so question: What is everyone watching on Netflix right now!?Β 

I am currently watching Unreal…the TV drama based on the behind-the-scenes world of The Bachelor.

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For those that eat, sleep and breathe BachelorNation, like Yours Truly, it is a fascinating show. For those whose cup of tea isΒ notΒ Chris Harrison, then you’d probably not be into it.

Another movie I just watched, was The Case for Christ.

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This I highly recommend. I recognized the title from the book series that my parents had Β in the house growing up. I always love to read about people trying to disprove Christianity, only to become completely converted and huge proponents of the faith. And this movie/book did not disappoint.

Anywho. Whenever you watch Netflix, delicious food is always a must, am I right?

Most people, at least in NYC, will go with a takeout order. Netflix and Seamless. Well…given my Specific Carb Diet…takeout is not really my thing.

But cooking is!

So this delightful dish is reminiscent of one of my favorite appetizers of my gluten-consuming youth: PF Chang’s Lettuce Wraps! Oh dang. I used to love going to PF Chang’s with my friends. I’d get the Lettuce Wraps, and then we’d top it off at Coldstone Creamery next door. Cake batter with cookie dough, Oreos and peanut butter. Oh man. That was my Go-To order.

Someday I’ll figure out how to make that SCD style. haha

But these Lettuce Wraps. Dang. They are GOOD.

Crispy romaine leaves stuffed with spicy and flavorful, wholesome ingredients, all in a fun, interactive meal that will get your kids beggingΒ for more veggies!

It’s Gluten Free, Vegan and Specific Carb Diet friendly. And it can be easily adapted – you can add some chicken or white fish on top for the carnivores at the table to add to their wraps. Or to make it fully SCD, sub riced cauliflower for the grain!

Speaking of grain, this particular recipe calls for millet, which is an ancient Gluten-free grain from Africa, that is actually in the seed family. It has a deliciously sweet and nutty flavor and is incredibly high in protein. But the best part is that it literally cooks up in 20 minutes!

But you could also sub quinoa or rice for the millet, if you’ve got those in the pantry.

Here’s What you Need: (Serves 4-5)

1 cup millet cooked in 2 cups vegetable stock (Or rice/quinoa) (SCD: Sub riced cauliflower)
1/2 head of cauliflower, broken into florets and steamed
1 bunch of asparagus, ends trimmed, and chopped
2 large carrots, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbsp fish ginger, grated on a microplane
1 heaping Tbsp curry powder
1 cup vegetable stock
Juice of 1 lime
14 drops pure liquid stevia – or 2 tsp honey/agave
1/2 can of coconut milk (light or regular)
Romaine lettuce leaves – about 3 per person
Cilantro, chopped
Green onions, chopped
Chopped cashews or almonds

Tools:
Sauce Pan
Steamer Basket
Non-stick frying pan
Microplane Zester
Good Chef’s Knife (This is the one I use andΒ love)

Directions:
Cook the millet per package directions, until it absorbs all the liquid, about 20-25 minutes. When it has absorbed all the stock, fluff it with a fork, and add salt to taste.

Meanwhile, prep the veggies and steam the cauliflower for about 5 minutes, until the florets are somewhat tender, but not fully cooked. Remove steamer basket, and shock them by rinsing under cold water. Set aside.

Then, in a big pan, sautè the onion and carrots in 1 Tbsp EVOO, salt, pepper, and curry powder. Allow them to cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat, until the onions have softened. Next, add the asparagus, and let it cook for about 3 minutes. Then, stir in the peppers. Let them cook for about 2-3 minutes. Then, stir in the garlic, ginger, and steamed cauliflower. Let those cook for about 4 minutes. Pour in the vegetable stock, lime juice, and stevia drops. Let that warm through. Finally, stir in the coconut milk and let it warm through.

Serve by filling a lettuce cup with millet (or grain of choice), your veggies and sauce, and garnish with cilantro, green ions, and chopped nuts. I also served a little extra sauce on the side for dipping. YUM!!

This meal was fabulous! Crunchy, fresh, spicy, cooling, slightly sweet – just perfect!

These Curry Lettuce Wraps hadΒ a lot going for them. Not only were they beautiful to the eye, but they were also really flavorful! There was a warm, sweet-heat from the ginger and curry, which was compliments do beautifully by the cold and crunchy lettuce cups!

And the millet was nutty and wonderfully chewy. It soaked up the sauce brilliantly. I’m telling ya – I made this for my family, and they joked that they couldΒ drink the sauce, it was so good! Creamy and luxurious – just how a curry should be!

The touch of fresh cilantro and crunch of the cashews finished the dish stupendously!

And any leftovers would be superb in a omelet in the morning for breakfast, or as topper for a salad or grain bowl for lunch, too!

OK – time to do a face mask and get ready for bed!

See ya tomorrow!

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58 thoughts on “Veggie Cashew Curry Lettuce Wraps!

    1. Hahah I think most definitely! πŸ™‚ haha I’ve heard awesome things about the crown!! Hugs and love xox

      1. It’s the unspoken rule: You must always have the right food to go along with what you’re watching on television. Ever heard of it? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  1. Caralyn, that sounds delicious. Thank you so much for sharing it. I look forward to trying it myself.

    If you have only a tiny portion of leftovers, especially liquid leftovers, you might use that (if it contains honey, but maybe not if you went with the liquid stevia) for a five-minute face mask. Though this is not true across the board, generally speaking, if something is safe to eat, it is probably safe to put on your skin. Conversely, if something is not safe to eat, there is a good chance that it may also not be that safe to put on your skin. Considering that the skin drinks up whatever is applied to it, turning to food items for skin care might be something to consider. Though, honestly, until I started having bad reactions to the products I was buying, I never would have even considered using food as a face mask. And I would have called anyone who suggested it outright crazy. But I have found several recipes that work for my skin, and you may too. Organic eggs, raw honey, steel cut oats run through a dry blender to form a powder, and freshly squeezed citrus juice are good ingredients to start with. Using the smallest possible amounts, you can mix about 1/2 teaspoon of product, then leave it on for a few minutes to rejuvenate your skin in the morning. Your skin will let you know what works and what to avoid. Blueberries and other brightly colored fruits are also great. So long as you remember that once applied you have only five minutes to wash them off completely before your skin absorbs their color. I have written an article “Keeping Young Skin Young” on my health and short story blog http://www.specialcreationwoman.wordpress.com that can give you a bit more information to get you started if you are interested.

    Anyway, thank you for another lovely recipe. Keep up the good work and the good writing. You are a light in a dark world. God bless you!

    P.S. Did I spell your name right? I hate misspelling people’s names, but I think I misspelled yours. I apologize in advance if I did.

  2. My dear friend,

    Surely a delicious meal – as I am a vegetarian I am going to try it out.
    And it is very healthy as well. We say: our eyes are eating too – as they are attracted by this wonderul coloured dish.
    Thanks for sharing, dear friend πŸ™‚

    A big hug
    Didi

    1. Thanks Didi! I hope you love it! That’s what I always say too! You eat with your eyes first! πŸ™‚ hehe Hugs and love xox

  3. Random things… as clean or godly as possible first.
    I just watched that Lee Strobel movie in the last month or so.
    I was soooo skeptical until let my son let me know.
    “NO, Mom! It’s not a movie completely about dismissing Christ just to insult Him. It’s actually about His conversion.”
    I was delightfully surprised, but more so because it gave more evidence of Christ! <3
    Glad you enjoyed your eats!

    1. Thanks Gail! Yeah it was a terrific movie! It’s things like that that really get me excited about my faith πŸ™‚ Hugs to you xox

  4. Fortunately I don’t have dietary intolerances but am very careful with what I eat. The supermarket is a place where you buy deadly products full of stuff not originally intended for the human body. So I spend a lot of time reading labels. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Ian πŸ™‚ isn’t that the truth!! Yeah – I try to stick to the produce section. Other than nuts and stuff from the bulk section, I stay in that area! Hugs and love xox

  5. I know someone who eats as close to vegan as possible when they cook for themself (otherwise, prefers vegetarian, but will eat what’s set in front of them). I will need to share this!

    On Netflix, currently binging “Reign.” Go-to food? Uhhhh… not quite sure right now. But, these sound delicious. So, thank you for sharing!

  6. I have weird allergies and a digestive disorder. I like your creative recipes. It’s inspiring to see even though I might not be able to eat them. Did you find it hard to realize you can’t eat like others? How do you motivate yourself to create meals you do?

    1. Thanks Stiina, I’m so sorry to hear that you can so personally relate. It is definitely a challenge. But I’ve found it healing to get in the kitchen and get creative πŸ™‚ Hugs and love xox

  7. Another recipe for the Vardaro family file! These look AMAZING!!!!! I cannot wait to get these ingredients for one of our meal next week!!!!!!!!

    1. Haha aw thank you Laura Beth! I hope your family loves them as much as mine did!! Hope you’re having a fabulous week! Big big hugs xox

  8. That looks really delicious, and I can’t wait to try! The only thing I think I’ll change is using 1 T of Thai red curry paste instead of powder… πŸ™‚

  9. My Netflix favorite is Travelers. It’s only two seasons and it’s SO good. People from the future go back to our present time. They have missions to prevent future events from happening in order to save the future.
    I also enjoyed Life Unexpected. It’s a bit of a teen drama, but it’s about a girl in foster care. I loved it and the main actress is on a new show called For the People. I just started that one.

    1. Oh awesome! haha It literally changed my life. Hope you like it! And the thing about cooking – practice makes perfect!! πŸ™‚ Hugs and love xox

  10. These lettuce wraps look really good and I as well enjoy making them. I also heard about the movie the Case for Christ and it looks good that I might have to go watch it.

    1. hahaha you’re hysterical. Yes – delicious and nutritious, as I like to say! Hugs and love xox

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