If you’re watching your waistline this summer, then let me introduce you to the beautiful, scrumptious world of lettuce wraps. It’s pretty simple, instead of using bread for a sandwich (or wrap), forgo the carbs and use lettuce. These special wraps can be made into any crazy combination your heart (or should I say stomach) desires. The fun part is experimenting with different recipes. Lettuce wraps are perfect for light lunch or an easy appetizer.
If you are looking for something with a kick…Then try these oven-fried Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps by Sugar Dish Me. The breaded chicken mixed with quinoa, avocado, blue cheese and tomatoes are certain to keep your tummy happy long past dinner time.
If you are a die-hard bacon lover…Then make your BLT “protein style” with these BLT Lettuce Wraps by Jackie’s Happy Plate. Stuff crisp romaine leaves with applewood smoked bacon, a little mayonnaise and a few fresh tomatoes from your garden.
If all you really want to do is go to P.F. Chang’s and order the chicken lettuce wraps, but can’t spend the money right now…Then this Copycat P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen is for you. Instead of worrying about a parking spot, you can enjoy this family-favorite in the comfort of your own home. Plus it’s ready in under 30 minutes!
If you are looking for a vegetarian option…Then these Vegetarian Lentil Sloppy Joe Lettuce Wraps by Foxes Love Lemons are a wonderful alternative. The rich (and hardy!) lentils are so satisfying, you won’t even miss the meat.
If you looking for something on the sweeter side…Then try these Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps by The Complete Savorist. Garnished with green onions and sesame seeds, this flavorful stir-fried beef is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
If it’s seafood night…Then try out these Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Dipping Sauce by Natasha’s Kitchen. With a special peanut sauce drizzled over tasty shrimp, it’s like a party in your mouth waiting to happen.
Consider serving lettuce wraps at your table this week! You’ll be surprised how fun (and easy!) they are to make.
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Hi I’m Juli Hale, and I’ve been a Test Kitchen Chef for Better Homes and Gardens for many years. I am passionate about food and love coming up with fun, new recipes ideas for every issue of the magazine. To start, I must confess that I have the strong opinion that bacon goes with everything. So when the BHG food editors asked me to develop a BLT dessert for the August issue of Better Homes and Gardens, I knew I was going to come up with something fun.
The bread is always the “B” that gets left out of a BLT sandwich acronym, but it can make or break the entire composition. My first thought for bread were shortbread cookies because with they fit in with that yummy salty/sweet flavor profile I was aiming for. Our honey shortbread cookies were the perfect choice and I love that they only take 15 minutes to bake and only use a few ingredients. I won’t tell if you sneak a few before creating your BLT.
Sweet and salty combinations in desserts are scrumptious, don’t you think? So I thought candied bacon would be a perfect place to start. I experimented with maple and brown sugar toppings, and landed on finely chopped pecans mixed with brown sugar and covered my bacon with it before baking it to sweet, savory candied bacon perfection.
Lettuce for dessert was definitely the hardest part of this recipe task. I couldn’t just add it in at the end; it had to make sense with the recipe composition. My first thought was that mint is a popular dessert ingredient. So what could I use instead of mint? Microgreens! In fact, microgreens were the perfect almost-sweet addition to my BLT dessert. I even got fancy and threw a few on my shortbread cookies for a fun decoration.
Tomatoes were the easiest ingredient to add to my dessert. Because tomatoes are fruit, and fruit is for dessert! I’ve had some great tomato jams before, so I thought that would be just the thing. Our easy tomato jam comes together in 25 minutes, and if you have extra you can save it in the fridge for a few days.
So there you have it! Just assemble all the parts of our unique (and totally delicious!) BLT Dessert Bites and enjoy a salty sweet treat that’s a great conversation piece and sure to impress both your foodie friends and the BLT lovers in your life.