Moroccan Lettuce Cups (aka Wraps)

Where do you find a drool-worthy spice blend capable of breathing life into your dull, boring Fast Day (FD) meals without a bunch of cooking or hoopla? Do you want to know how to instantly introduce serious flavor to FD meats, fish, seafood and veggies? The easiest way to add serious flavor is to use a spice blend. But beware, all spice blends are not created equal. The spice blends at the store often travel with unwanted guests like sugar, msg, “natural flavors” and even sand! So find out what’s so great about making your own Ras El Hanout (Moroccan Spice Blend) and why it sent Susie T. of Fast Days Healing Days into a tizzy of ecstasy! Learn how to make your own shop-keeper blend.

 

 

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Moroccan Lettuce Wraps features Fast Days Healing Days Moroccan Spice Blend or Ras El Hanout!

 

 

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Quick Harissa Sauce is so simple, just a mixture of sambal oelek (a garlic, chile sauce) and yogurt–but it adds so much sweet, hot, heat!

Have you ever fallen so in love with a spice blend that obsession ensued in 6.9 seconds? That’s what happened with Fast Days Healing Days’ Moroccan Spice Blend, aka Ras El Hanout (or head-of-shop spice blend). We made it, tasted it on one simple little chicken dish—then, “Boom! Baybeeeee!” We found ourselves rushing around the kitchen to find other things to tump its golden goodness upon—stat!

It began innocently. We’d been planning to have simple tacos. It was Tuesday. And everyone that’s anyone knows, Tuesday Taco Night is sacrosanct and can’t be messed with—really. I’m not lying. Tuesday Tacos is a chant, almost a mantra in our humble house. So what do ya do when a new spice blend challenges an old spice blend (our handy dandy Taco Seasoning Spice Blend)? You have a smack-down! That’s what! We pitted the two spice blends against each other and omahgersh.

“Omahgersh!” I said!

Immediately after tasting the first Moroccan Lettuce Cup, Jesus wept. And then we started playing some weird Barry White tune like, “Baby, you’re so fine…if lovin’ you is wrong…I donnnwannnabeee right…” And then we had Moroccan spiced everything for the next seven days. (Now don’t go thinking we broke up with our regular Tuesday Taco Meat…cuz we did not. We’re just cheatin’ on it a lil’ bit. Just a lil’ bit. Shhhhh, don’t judge.)

The End.

Moroccan Lettuce Cups (aka Wraps)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings

Serving Size: 1/4 Recipe

Calories per serving: 319

Moroccan Lettuce Cups (aka Wraps)

This is a Moroccan taco! It's so good, you'll want leftovers, so make plenty! The meat freezes and reheats like a champ and works in many other recipes as a Lucky Leftover.

Ingredients

Meat
1 pound extra lean ground turkey breast (Jennie-o)
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons Moroccan Spice Blend—or your favorite ras el hanout
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
Lettuce Wraps
12 bibb lettuce leaves, washed and dried, whole
5 ounces grape tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1 cup feta cheese
Harissa Sauce
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons sambal oelek—or sriracha sauce

Instructions

    Combine meat ingredients in a large skillet. Cook over high heat until meat is brown and veggies are tender—about 8-10 minutes. Serve immediately.
    Combine sambal oelek with Greek yogurt and stir to combine. Use as a topping for tacos.
    Assemble tacos: Place 2 tablespoons of meat in each lettuce leaf (3 per person), add a spoon of any of these ingredients: chopped tomato, chopped red onion, cilantro, chopped avocado, and feta. Plop a dollop of Yogurt Sauce on top and call it dinner! So good!

Notes

This is a seriously delicious meal ready in minutes--especially when you have the Moroccan spice blend ready in the pantry. It's a simple as browning ground hamburger!

This tastes like exotic food. You don't taste the allspice, nor the nutmeg or cloves. You give overtones of cinnamon along with spicy cumin and coriander. It's just delicious. Hope you will try it!

Serving Ideas Serve these tacos as a stand-alone meal; 3 per person!

Nutritional Information

Per Serving (3 tacos): 319 Calories; 14g Fat (39.2% calories from fat); 36g Protein; 14g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 100mg Cholesterol; 11g Net Carbohydrate

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Author: Susie T. Gibbs

SusieT is passionately committed to seeking studies and research detailing the most effective strategies for killing inflammation, boosting health, increasing energy and expanding longevity through nutrition. Seeking health through ancestral principles and making darn good food while traveling along life’s path to better health occupies a key place in her personal food philosophy. SusieT develops recipes and writes about cooking, food, health and nutrition news. Find her latest work in CarbSmart Magazine, a digital magazine from the leaders in low carbohydrate information. A two-year survivor from late stage, hormone-positive breast cancer, SusieT encourages everyone to meet their kitchen and begin a love affair with life and cooking good, clean, nourishing meals. The life you save could be your own. Email SusieT with questions and suggestions for new 5:2 and 4:3 ADF/EOD recipes.

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2 Comments

  1. I made these last night and they were DELICIOUS!

    • Michael, I’m so thrilled you liked them!! I am just in love with that Moroccan Spice Blend! Try it on chicken, pork and lamb. OHMAHGERSH! 😀

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