Sunday, August 5, 2012

Easy Lettuce Wraps

*UPDATE:  The very first comment I got pointed out that these have carrots in them and everybody knows I hate carrots.  But remember this post from 2009?  I can actually eat raw carrots fairly easily now even though they are not my favorite (although I still can't get down roasted carrots before the gag reflex kicks in).  Anyway, on to the actual blog post...

The other day I was walking through Costco and grabbed these chicken teriyaki & pineapple meatballs on a whim.  Paul is a BIG fan of meatballs and these were chicken ones and just sounded yummy.  The next day I was trying to figure out what to make for lunch when inspiration suddenly struck and I threw together these lettuce wraps.  They were so easy and they tasted so delicious that I made them again for Paul for dinner and he loved them too and said they are one his favorite things that I have made for him. 

I snapped a picture of the lettuce wraps the second time I made them so I could post it on here in case anyone else is looking for something new, fast, and yummy to make.  Here are the ingredients you need:

Aidells chicken teriyaki & pineapple meatballs (from Costco)
Sweet chili sauce (I bought this bottle in the Asian aisle at the grocery store and use it in a couple of my favorite recipes or as a dipping sauce - it is yummy and not really spicy and it just sits in my fridge like any other condiment for whenever I need it)
Soy sauce
Fresh lettuce (I had iceberg on hand so that is what I used, but if I was buying lettuce specifically for these, I would probably get butter lettuce)
Cucumber (sliced into very thin discs)
Carrots (shredded)
Red onion (cut into very thin slices - a little goes a long way in these lettuce wraps)
Yellow (or red or orange) bell pepper (sliced into thin strips)
Bean sprouts (I didn't have any but I would totally have added them if I did)

I pulled off two whole lettuce leaves, then layered thin slices of cucumber, shredded carrots, red onion, and bell pepper on top.  I heated three meatballs (one serving size, which has 130 calories) in the microwave until they were hot, then cut them in half and divided them between the two lettuce leaves.  I then drizzled a little sweet chili sauce and soy sauce on top (maybe a teaspoon of sweet chili sauce for each wrap and maybe half a teaspoon of soy sauce for each).  I will definitely be making these again for a quick and easy lunch, and since the meatballs come in two pouches, I was able to put one of them in the freezer for future use.


  1. Wait, you ate carrots??? Voluntarily?

  2. Haha Deborah. Please see updated paragraph at the top of this post or look at this post: But I know you were just teasing me. :)

  3. We LOVE those meatballs! They are so yummy in anything and everything!


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