Indian Spiced Lettuce Wraps


It is hard to take a really appetizing picture of a pile of meat. I tried.

It was delicious though =)

Because this recipe is works with both beef or lamb, it was a great way to use some lamby tasting beef that I got from the local market (this happens sometimes when they put the beef through the grinder soon after grinding lamb – not my favorite)

We ate it as lettuce wraps with samosa sauce – mmmm – but I forgot to get any pictures of the whole meal and then we had eaten most of it. Confession – these are pictures of the leftovers.

I found the original recipe at Nom Nom Paleo and I didn’t change much but add cauliflower and sauce. She served it with paleo crackers which also sounds tasty. It also can be eaten over rice or just on its own!

Here’s the recipe…

Indian Spiced Lettuce Wraps
original recipe by Nom Nom Paleo

2 TB butter
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 TB ginger, minced
2 jalapeno peppers, diced (optional)
1 lb ground beef (or lamb or a mix)
1 medium sized head of cauliflower, grated or ground to bits in a food processor
1/2 tsp turmeric
2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 TB garam masala
1 Tb lemon juice
1/4 cup cilantro or parsley, minced
lettuce leaves
How To:
1. Heat butter in a large skillet. Add onions and saute until translucent, about 10 minutes
2. Add garlic, ginger, and peppers and cook 2 minutes more.
3. Add ground meat and cook, breaking up with spatula until it is no longer pink.
4. Add cauliflower, turmeric, salt and coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Cover the pan and reduce heat to low, simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5. After 20 minutes check to see if the liquid has evaporated. If not, cook another 5 minutes uncovered until excess moisture is gone.
6. Remove pan from heat and stir in garam masala, lemon juice and minced cilantro/parsley.
7. Serve with fresh lettuce as wraps, crackers or steamed rice.

Samosa Sauce

1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
3 Tbs brown sugar (or coconut sugar or honey)
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp salt
How To:
1. Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan. Heat to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar.
2. Reduce heat and let simmer, uncovered for about 10 minutes. Serve warm.




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