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Recipe: Mango Thai Lettuce Wraps (V, GF)


These lettuce wraps are not only vegan, insanely flavorful and easy to make, but they are also incredibly filling. I found this recipe for Mango & Zucchini Lettuce Wraps by Love and Lemons on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a try. 

I followed her recipe almost exactly with a few tweaks. I used butter lettuce instead of romaine, because it's softer and makes the perfect sized cup for the veggies. I sliced up some zucchini and carrots, cut mango into long thin stripes, added some bean sprouts (love the crunch!), diced a serrano pepper, mint, green onion, and lime.

The sauce is also really easy. Mix tamari, rice vinegar, honey, sesame oil, toasted sesame oil (optional), fresh ginger, and red pepper flakes together for dipping/pouring.

On the side, I simply opened a package of Trader Joe's precooked lentils and served cold. I had never tried lentils before (seriously, I know) and these are great! A bit bland alone, but mixed with the residual sauce from the wraps and some lime... delish! I guess I have a new grain to experiment with and love now, sorry quinoa.

These made a great post-yoga dinner. I filled up on two easily and took leftovers for lunch the next two days. 



Recipe: Raw Tomato Sauce with GF Pasta


I wanted to do a light tomato sauce with some pasta recently when I was craving a fresh but satisfying dinner. Something about light tomatoes, olive oil and some lemon just makes summer feel right. For this recipe, I consulted good old Martha Stewart for my sauce. It's raw and ready in minutes. Perfect for a quick, painless meal. 

I used four roma tomatoes. I diced two of them by hand into small cubes and ever-so-gently pulsed the other two in a blender until close to pureed by still pretty chunky.  Mix with some chopped basil, parsley and garlic. Combine with olive oil and the juice of one small lemon (Martha didn't use lemon, I went rogue). After some salt and pepper, I felt it still needed a bit of flavor so I added about a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar. Mix with your favorite GF pasta and you're set for dinner and leftovers for lunch!