Monday, February 22, 2010
Tofu Lettuce Wraps
Before I tell you all about this delicious (not to mention beautiful) dinner I wanted to share some very exciting news!
News #1: I just returned from my first weekend attending the Institute of Nutrition in NYC. That's right, I'm back in school! I couldn't be happier and more excited about this experience. IIN is a six month program, meeting in NYC 1-2 weekends a month, with a lot of work online. The program teaches all theories of nutrition (and has way cool speakers like Deepak Chopra and Dr. Andrew Weil) but also trains us in health coaching and helps us build our own businesses. The timing is perfect because...
News #2: I'm pregnant! Yup, it's really amazing. I'm 17 weeks, due August 1st. Yipppee! Feeling great great great.
Now, about these lettuce wraps. For some reason I was craving lettuce wraps today and because I've never made them at home before, I knew I had to give it a try. This meal takes about 20 minutes to put together and couldn't be more colorful, refreshing, and nutritious. It's also super adaptable - add in any vegetables you like or swap out tofu for something else, play around.
Tofu Lettuce Wraps:
1 head Boston bib/butter lettuce (or anything with small, tender leaves)
1/2 cucumber, sliced thin
6 radishes, sliced thin
1 carrot, sliced thin
1 handful mint leaves
1 package extra firm tofu, sliced into 1/2" squares
4 T sesame seeds
1/4 cup shoyu sauce
2 T chili/garlic sauce
Prepare all the veggies and arrange them into little piles on a large platter. I (okay Nick) used a mandolin (great kitchen gadget) to slice everything easily.
Pour the shoyu sauce in a shallow bowl - arrange the sesame seeds on a plate. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium/low heat and add a little oil. Dip the tofu in the shoyu sauce then coat with seeds - cook until slightly brown on either side (be careful not to let the seeds burn). Pour extra shoyu sauce and sesame seeds over carrots, cucumbers, and radishes.
Add the tofu to the platter and serve with a small dish of chili garlic sauce - roll up fillings in lettuce leaves and enjoy!