Meatless Fridays continue with lettuce wraps! If you haven’t seen the last 2 weeks recipes click on these links for the Mushroom Risotto Feast and Thai Yellow Vegetable Curry. YUM & YUM! Ever since my first trip to P.F. Chang’s (a million years ago) I’ve been lettuce wrap obsessed. They are famous for their Chicken Lettuce Wraps and customized dipping sauces (Also, right now, still have deals for Chinese New Year). Since giving up breads, pastas, flour, etc for Lent (NEVER again) I’ve had to get really creative with my dinners. I’m trying to balance the Wedding Diet with my love for food and flavor. Lettuce wraps have no breads and these ones will have no meat. These can be made as an appetizer or entrée. Mushrooms naturally have the most “meat-like texture” for a vegetable, so they are a great alternative. The mushroom mixture saves great so make extra and use as an easy grab-and-go lunch for a couple of days.
- Rice Noodles (I made the entire 6 Oz. Bag, you don’t need half of that if just making wraps)
- 2 TBSP Sesame Seed Oil
- 1/2 Cup Diced Yellow Onion
- 4 Cloves Minced Garlic
- 2 TBSP Rice Vinegar
- 8 Oz Portobello Mushrooms
- 16 Oz White Mushrooms
- 1 tsp Cracked Pepper
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/3 Cup Finely Chopped Ginger
- 8 Oz Can Bamboo Shoots Chopped Coarsely
- 5 Oz Water Chestnuts Chopped Coarsely
- 1 Cup Chopped Green Onions (Plus more for Garnishing if you like)
- Lettuce of your choice
- Toasted Sesame Seeds (Garnish if you like)
The rice noodles are cheap and easy to cook with. This 6 ounce bag cost $0.99… DEAL! Even better that they’re so easy to make. They will take on a flavor you addd. For the G-Frees out there’s, use these noodles as a pasta substitute as well! 🙂
Any Rice Noodles will do (I went for the cheapest I could find). In a bowl filled with water add your Noodles and let sit for 20 Minutes.
Drain Noodles. In a Medium Pot, add Noodles to boiling water. Boil Noodles for 15 Minutes. Drain and set aside.
In a Medium sized pot, over Medium heat add Sesame Oil, Onion and Garlic.
Stir until Onion is translucent, about 7 Minutes.
Add Portobello and White Mushrooms. Mix well and add Rice Vinegar, Cracked Pepper and Kosher Salt. Stir over Medium Heat for 10-15 Minutes.
While that cooks… In a small bowl, Mix Ginger, Bamboo Shoots and Water Chestnuts.
Stir Mixture into the Pot after the Mushrooms have Sautéed.
Reduce Heat to low and cook for 10 Minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and stir in Green Onions.
Then add whatever Sauces you prefer. These are some of my favorite… House of Tsang Peanut Sauce, Sambal Oelek Chili Paste, Kikkoman Soy Sauce (Low Sodium), Sriracha (Rooster Sauce) or ANY OTHER SAUCE! Spicy Mustard is great too!