Asian Tofu Lettuce Wraps
- Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
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These wraps are stuffed with flavorful tofu and vegetables. Using crispy romaine lettuce as the wrap makes this dish light and fresh. This is a perfect lunch or snack for when the weather gets warmer.
If you dislike the texture of tofu you might still like this recipe. Crumbling the tofu and mixing it with some crunchy vegetables makes the texture more appealing if you dislike tofu. Also, the softness of the tofu is a great contrast to the crisp lettuce wrap, making it a satisfying filling.
Tofu has a pretty neutral flavor and soaks up whatever flavor you want to give it. In this dish the main flavors are chili, soy sauce, sweet miso, carrot and red pepper. I love the combination of red pepper and soy sauce and this recipe is just another example of how well they go together.
This recipe is pretty easy to make and fun to serve to people. You can prepare the tofu mixture ahead of time and serve it cold or warm with the lettuce wraps. People can stuff their own wraps, deciding how much they want. Everybody is happy — even Mark.
Each large romaine lettuce leave has about 5 calories and 1g of fiber. So if you add just the right amount of stuffing to each leaf this makes a very filling and low calorie meal.
Asian Tofu Lettuce Wraps
Makes 6 Servings
- 1. Drain the tofu and wrap it in paper towels. Add some weight on top of the tofu and let sit for 20 minutes.
- 2. Finely dice the carrots and bell pepper. Mince the garlic and ginger.
- 3. Crumble the tofu and dissolve the sugar and miso in some water.
- 4. Stir fry the garlic and ginger in some water on medium heat until fragrant. Add the vegetables and tofu and turn heat up to high.
- 5. Add the chili paste and stir and cook everything for 5-15 min (depending on your taste).
- 6. Add the miso mixture, soy sauce and sesame seeds and mix well.
- 7. Serve on some fresh romaine lettuce leaves.
I keep trying to convince myself that tofu is just soy beans, but every time I see one of those sweaty amorphous processed white cubes I get scared. In other words, I’m a big tofu discriminator. This means that you can consider those 3 stars an impressive feat! For me this is the least painful method of tofu consumption. I usually eat 2 to 3 boats with minimal cringing, and almost enjoy them. Well done, Health Foodie!
per servingCalories: 100, Fat: 4.5g, GL: 3.5, Fiber: 1.5g, Protein: 8g, Carbohydrates: 7.5g