nutritional information

Per Wrap (1 lettuce leaf filled with 1/4 cup filling and 1/4 cup toppings):

  • Calories: 112
  • Protein: 8 g
  • Total Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: <1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 109 mg
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Sugar: 5 g

Thai Lettuce Wraps

Thai Lettuce Wraps

Serves 6

30 minutes or fewer

Ground tempeh replaces ground chicken in this make-at-the-table recipe adapted from The Family Dinner. Serve with lime wedges and sriracha chile sauce.
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. rice vinegar
  • ½ tsp. light brown sugar
  • 2 8-oz. pkg. plain tempeh, broken into chunks
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh mint
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 2 Tbs. chopped shallots
  • 1 Tbs. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs. rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. chile sauce, such as sriracha
  • ¼ tsp. light brown sugar
Toppings and Wraps
  • ½ lb. green beans, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups bean sprouts
  • 1 cucumber, peeled into thin strips
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • Fresh mint, cilantro, and basil
  • 18 whole large lettuce leaves
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts

1. To make Sauce: whisk together all ingredients in small bowl.

2. To make Filling: Pulse tempeh in food processor until coarsely crumbled. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Add tempeh and broth, cover, and cook 
5 minutes. Uncover, increase heat to medium-high, and cook 10 minutes, or until liquid has evaporated. Stir in remaining ingredients.

3. Mound vegetables, herbs, and tempeh mixture on platter. Let diners fill lettuce leaves with Filling and Toppings. Serve with bowls of Sauce and peanuts.

September 2011 p.67

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I wish calories salt sugar fats and carbs were always given with each recipe.

Linda - 2016-03-07 03:31:59

What is temph? Where would you find it?

Lulu - 2014-01-28 16:28:13

I loved this! My non-vegetarian husband loved this! He said he wants to eat it all the time. That makes me so happy because he's been edging closer and closer to giving up meat for a while now and finding good vegetarian recipes to show him that you don't have to go hungry or just have to eat twigs, leaves, and gardenburgers is so important. This one's a winner and is going into our repertoire. The only change I made was cutting down the sugar in both parts. In the sauce, I just put 2 tbsp of the brown sugar and that's it, no white sugar and definitely NOT 1/4 cup! It was plenty and kept the sauce tangy without sweetness. In the filling part, I just did 1 more tsp of the brown sugar. I left out the white sugar entirely in both parts and didn't miss it at all. I can't figure out why there would be so much sugar in this recipe. Not needed. Enjoy!

Leslie - 2013-05-07 05:22:28

LOVE, LOVE these. Every bite makes me say Yum!

Nancy - 2013-04-12 15:44:26

I LOVE this recipe and have made it several times. It does take longer than 30 minutes though due to all the chopping.

Sara - 2013-03-04 23:10:08

Please, cut out the sugar!

Maddy - 2013-02-10 00:10:45

I doubled the seasonings for a little more flavor for one pack of tempeh.

Jessica Rush - 2013-01-06 17:13:04

Absolutely delicious! Don't hesitate to make these.

Anonymous - 2012-12-15 22:14:23

Made these for dinner at my boyfriend's house this past weekend -- we both LOVED them. I forgot the chopped peanuts, so I ended up whisking some peanut butter into the dipping sauce -- delicious!

Catherine - 2012-09-04 02:00:04

Sooo tasty! Made this tonight and it was a huge hit! I substituted tofu for tempeh, frying it in EVOO first and then chopped it up before adding it to the garlic and ginger. My addition to the toppings included sliced red cabbage and snap peas. Also, served with a side of brown rice and shelled edamame. We gobbled it all up, including my kids!

Shannon - 2012-06-26 02:46:19

Asian dinner night

Jen - 2012-06-14 05:59:27

This recipe is DELICIOUS! Other than halving it, I did not change a thing. I julienned some carrots and cucumber for toppings and served it with mint, basil and cilantro, as was recommended. Soooo yummy and halving the recipe comfortably fed two people.

Laura - 2012-05-28 12:54:31

Awesome recipe. Used ground seitan instead of tempeh and store bought peanut sauce. Half the recipe worked for the two of us, especially if you're going to have sides.

Ryan Kendall - 2012-04-24 04:40:15

I made these tonight for dinner...YUM! They exceeded my expectations. I sauted the shallots with the ginger and garlic, and left out the green bean topping, but aside from that followed the recipe exactly and they were great. Will make these again.

Anonymous - 2011-12-18 20:08:18