Mexican Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

Oooh boy, friends, do I have a treat for you tonight!

Mexican Quinoa Lettuce Wraps! By BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #vegetarian #food #edrecovery

Growing up, one of my all time favorite foods, were the lettuce wraps from PF Changs — you know what I’m talking about — the amazingly delectable, salty, crunchy, nutty, Asian-style appetizer with all the build-you-own goodies that allow you to a) make an absolute mess, and b) become the chef extraordinaire of your dreams. You cannot go to PF Changs and not order them.

Well, I decided that I wanted to recreate those for lunch, but this time — spice it up, Mexican style!

Mexican Quinoa Lettuce Wraps! By BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #vegetarian #food #edrecovery

AND, I wanted to utilize my favorite protein packed, super food: quinoa! Not only does it only take about 12 minutes to cook, but it ALSO has all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein!?

Plus, these are gluten free, vegan and paleo!

Mexican Quinoa Lettuce Wraps! By BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #vegetarian #food #edrecovery

Here’s What You Need: (Serves 3-4)
3/4 cups quinoa, cooked in 1 1/2 cups veg stock
1 red pepper, finely diced
6 shiitake mushrooms, finely diced
1 bunch of asparagus, finely diced
1/2 red onion, finely diced
5 green onions, sliced thin
5 garlic cloves, minced
cilantro, chopped
juice and zest of 1 lime
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp oregano
Romaine lettuce leaves – washed, dried, and chilled

Avocado Mash:
1 ripe avocado, mashed with salt, and 1 garlic clove, grated

Sauce pan with tight fitting lid
Good chef’s knife

Mexican Quinoa Lettuce Wraps! By BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #vegetarian #food #edrecovery

Cook your quinoa according to the package directions using veg stock instead of water.

Wash, dry, and separate your romaine lettuce leaves and put them in the refrigerator to chill while you prepare the rest of dinner.

Mexican Quinoa Lettuce Wraps! By BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #vegetarian #food #edrecovery

Also, mash an avocado with salt and a grated garlic clove, cover and set in the refrigerator to chill.

Sauté your onion in 1 Tbsp EVOO with salt, pepper, and spices. Allow them to soften for about 5 minutes, and then add in your mushrooms. Let them cook down for about 3 minutes.

Mexican Quinoa Lettuce Wraps! By BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #vegetarian #food #edrecovery

Then add your asparagus. Let it cook for a few minutes.

Then add 3/4 of your red peppers. Allow that to cook for about 3 minutes, and then stir in your garlic. Let it cook for about 2 minutes, and then stir in about 1/4-1/2 cup of vegetable stock, to moisten and deglaze the pan.

Finally, stir in your cooked quinoa, lime zest and juice, cilantro, and the rest of your red peppers. Stir to combine and add salt to taste.

Serve in lettuce wraps, garnished with green onions, the avocado mash, and cilantro. YUM!

Mexican Quinoa Lettuce Wraps! By BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #vegetarian #food #edrecovery

Holy cow, folks. This one was OUT OF THIS WORLD. I’m telling you — you haven’t lived until you’ve tried this combination.

I mean, watch out, PF Changs! There’s a new superstar in town, and it’s got a Mexican flare!

Mexican Quinoa Lettuce Wraps! By BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #vegetarian #food #edrecovery

Aside from being incredibly fun to assemble and eat, the FLAVORS were outrageous! The warmth from the spice mixture, paired with the nutty quinoa and buttery avocado was outrageous. Especially with that kiss of freshness from the cilantro and lime..yowza!

And then the textures were amazing, with the quinoa that *pops* in your mouth, and the crunchy peppers, and luxuriously rich and creamy avocado, all wrapped up in a cool and crisp romaine leaf…I mean…come on, people!

Mexican Quinoa Lettuce Wraps! By BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #vegetarian #food #edrecovery

And lastly, it was just gorgeous! Pretty as a picture!

I promise, these will not disappoint! Pair it with a fresh squeezed margarita and have yourself a little fiesta!

Mexican Quinoa Lettuce Wraps! By BeautyBeyondBones #glutenfree #vegan #paleo #vegetarian #food #edrecovery

What’s YOUR favorite appetizer when you go out to eat?

Until next time! 🙂

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64 responses to “Mexican Quinoa Lettuce Wraps”

  1. Lettuce wraps are so yummy. The first time I ever had them was at a restaurant called Original Joes. My husband couldn’t eat them because he’s allergic to peanuts so I don’t order lettuce wraps anymore. I think when I get back home I will make these for him! My in-laws criticize me for not cooking enough so this will prove them wrong.

    • Thanks Hilary! I agree – they’re so flavorful! Haha yeah prove them wrong! You’ve got this! Haha Hugs and love xox

  2. That looks and sounds so delicious! Nice food photos, too! Sometimes making the food is easier than photographing it.

    • Thanks Robin! It really was delicious. And haha you’re right about that! Hugs and love xox

  3. This looks fantastic. As a vegan I use quinoa a lot, and lately I’ve been eating it chilled with a splash of vinegarette and diced veggies. Cukes, onions, olives and tomatoes with a big spoonful of spicy lentils. It’s just such a versatile food. Love it. Thanks for the new idea. I’m on it.

    • Thanks so much Jim!! Ooh that does sound spectacular! Quinoa is a superfood for many reasons! Hugs and love xox

  4. Wow, those look amazing. I love lettuce wraps. This is definitely something I can make. Thank you so much for sharing, yummy! One of my favorite appetizers is cheese curds and buffalo chicken dip 😍😍

    • Thanks Lane! I do too! They’re so refreshing, and really let the filling be the star of the show! Oooh cheese curds! The squeaky cheese! I love those too! Hugs and love xox

    • Hahahahaha oh my gosh you’re too funny! Good strategy my friend 🙂 Hugs and love xox

  5. that hits all the mexican notes, sounds totally yum, I did not attempt mex until I read some Rick Bayless books, he traveled around mexico for years, and surprisingly (or not) there is plenty of healthy options as protein is scarce so veg is king, this totally reminded me of that

    • Thanks David! You’re so right – so much fresh produce in Mexican cuisine! America could take a lesson! Hugs and love xox

  6. Mnhnm this looks very yummy… Thank you for your beautiful advises and good uploads on our diet, Ncah!

    • Thanks love! I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe! Definitely worth it! Hope you’re having a great week! Hugs and love xox

    • Thanks friend! Good luck with that! Doctors know best! 🙂 so glad you stopped by! big hgus xox

  7. I am sharing your dishes with my son for his Farm to Table Restaurant in N.C. I am not sure of what he will do with them but I will keep trying. I have suggested a BBB Menu Listing. Love your presentation and plating. Love you.

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