When I think about Chinese take out, I think about egg rolls. It’s that item on the menu you order because it’s so good and because you’re just that hungry, it’s the the thing we will gladly get oily fingers for and is the thing that even the pickiest of eater will enjoy.
and sometimes you’re just craving some junk food.
On those days you make this! Carl and I have gotten serious about health and fitness lately, like really serious…so serious we’re drinking protein shakes, working out every morning and evening and we’ve given up our beloved COCOA!
Instead of giving in to cravings I’ve decided to get smart about them! Why deprive myself when I can just healthify a meal. I could just have made the egg roll in the bowl recipe that’s circulating the web right now, but I really wanted to get that egg roll feel and that beautiful crunch.
The inside of egg rolls are already healthy, but by adding some kale, you just up the nutritional value and gets you one step closer to your 5 a day, by wrapping it all up in a butter lettuce leaf, you get that perfect crunch you’re looking for, without all that unnecessary calories. Don’t skimp on the sweet chilli sauce! It gives it that little extra kick it needs.
HEALTHY EGG ROLL LETTUCE WRAPS – serves 2 – 4
- 2 cups cabbage, shredded
- 2 cups kale, washed and shredded
- 1 cup shredded carrot
- 3 scallions, chopped
- 1 tbsp sesame oil or coconut oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp minced ginger
- 1/4 tsp Chinese 5 spice
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- salt and pepper
- 1 -2 tbsp water
- 1 tsp liquid sweetener like honey or agave
- butter lettuce
- 4 tbsp sriracha sauce
- 1/2 tsp soy sauce
- 2-3 tbsp liquid sweetener like honey or agave
- 1 tsp vinegar
In a large pan over medium high heat add oil, ginger, garlic and scallions. Saute until fragrant.
Add the kale, cabbage and carrots and stir fry, add tbsp of water and stir until beginning to wilt. Add the 5 spice, soy sauce, sweetener . Continue to stir fry. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Fill your butter lettuce with your mixture, garnish with sesame seeds and scallions. Serve with sweet chilli sauce.
In a small bowl mix together sriracha, sweetener, soy sauce and vinegar, taste and adjust.