Lettuce Wraps with Couscous, Veggies & White Beans

Lettuce wraps are a fun way to eat salad – disguised as a “lettuce boat” it may encourage children to eat more salad! (and maybe it will work for my husband too..)

Lettuce wraps are simply leaves of romaine lettuce filled with a grain & vegetable mixture. They are simple to make and you can really mix any vegetables in with the grain. I used couscous, but quinoa, rice or cracked wheat would work equally well. For protein I added white beans, but you could add pieces of protein such as chicken, tofu or shrimp to them. A few crumbles of feta and a drizzle of salad dressing on top pulls them altogether.

For my Lettuce Wraps I used:

  • 1 1/2 cups of cooked couscous (quinoa, or cracked wheat could be substituted)
  • 1 cup of white beans (any bean or chickpea would work)
  • 1/4 cup of sliced radishes
  • 1/4 cup of chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup of chopped sweet peppers
  • 1/3 cup of minced fresh mint & basil
  • 1/4 cup of pomegranate seeds
  • 1/3 cup of feta cheese crumble
  • 2 TB. of olive oil
  • juice of one lemon
  • salt & fresh ground pepper

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* Make your couscous or grain according to the directions on the package. Chill in a bowl in the refrigerator.

* Add the chopped and minced vegetables, beans & feta to the bowl of couscous. Then lightly toss together with the olive oil, lemon juice and seasoning. (reserve a few TB. of each item to decorate the tops with)

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Arrange your romaine lettuce leaves and spoon the couscous mixture into them. Top with the reserved chopped veggies, some extra feta and the pomegranate seeds.

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Drizzle your favorite creamy salad dressing over them (over even better make your own) and add a little more fresh ground pepper.

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Serve & enjoy!

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