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Kitchen Sink Lettuce Wraps

Have some veggies lying around that need a home?  Looking for something tasty but only have some odds and ends in the pantry?  This recipe will fit the bill.  It’s so flexible!  Pick your protein, pick your veggies, add a simply yummy sauce & pile on some lettuce leaves.  Easy peasy!


Kitchen Sink Lettuce Wraps

Author Carrie Hill


Pick your protien

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 pkg extra firm tofu

Add some flavors

  • 1 Tbsp Oil canola or vegetable
  • 1/2 C Slivered Onions
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic
  • 2 tsp. Ginger grated

Pick your Veggies - there are lots of options! I try to do about 4C of veggies for every 1 lb of protein

  • Cabbage
  • snap peas
  • Snow Peas
  • Carrots - Shredded is best
  • Bean Sprouts - canned or fresh
  • Mushrooms - canned or fresh
  • Water Chestnuts
  • Bamboo Shoots

Make the Sauce

  • 1/4 C Veggie Chicken or Beef Stock
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch


  1. In a skillet or wok add 1 tbsp oil and saute onions, garlic and ginger until they start to smell awesome, then add & brown off your protein - you may need to add a bit more oil to your tofu or lean chicken to get it to brown nice. Once your protein is done, remove and drain on a paper towel lined plate
  2. In your skillet add in the veggies in the order of "hardness" - carrots take longer to cook than canned bean sprouts - when your veggies are getting soft and wilted, add back in the protein and stir well.
  3. While your veggies are cooking - mix all of the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl. If you're using more veggies - be sure to increase the amount of sauce so it's not too dry. I usually just add a bit more stock to compensate.
  4. When everything is cooked through - pour in your sauce, bring to a sizzle so it thickens and it's done!
  5. Serve with rice (brown or white) and lettuce leaves for wrapping
  6. Yum!

AboutCarrie Hill

Carrie Hill is the mother of 2 human children, and 5 fur babies. She has a husband who is a great guy, a good food tester, but a bit of a nut, just like her. She enjoys writing, reading, cooking and baking in her spare time.