Appetizers, Mains, Sides, Snacks

grass-fed beef lettuce ‘canoes’

December 6, 2010

Family favs like tacos and fajitas can easily be modified into tasty little Paleo eats by substituting the starchy wrap, with a big leafy green.  As I find with burgers, you honestly will not miss the bun.  I repeat…you will not miss the bun.  Try it and you will see.  The flavour is still kickin’  (actually more-so) and you won’t feel like a$$ (bloated and sleepy) afterwards.  If you are new to the Paleo diet, this is a good one to try to help initially remove those unecessary grains from your meals.  Kick gluten altogether and in a few weeks and you will notice huge gains in the way you look and feel.  I pinky swear!  😉

If you have already said au revoir to bread (like me), then you may be familiar with recipes like this.  BTW…if you are reading this right now and thinking – “I understand…but I just don’t think I can divorce myself from my love affair with bread”…think again.  Once you do, you will be wondering why you didn’t eliminate it from your diet even sooner!?! I commented this weekend that just looking at bread now, seriously gives me that ‘heavy’ and ‘sluggish’ feeling.  For me, this was the easiest food item to get rid of from my diet.  I honestly don’t miss it at all and really don’t even remember what it is like to eat it.  Completely off my radar.  Useless filler in my opinion.  I know everyone is different, but I challenge you to ask yourself…do you even really like it?  Does it honestly taste like much, if anything at all?  Would you even miss it if it is gone?  OR do you simply just eat it because it is “supposed” to be ‘hugging’ your burger or ‘lapping’ up that sauce from your pasta dinner?  A so-called “comfort food” that does WAY more harm, than good.

Many versions of this can be created.  The idea is that you take your choice of ground or shredded meat, sautee up some veggies (like onions, mushrooms and red peppers) and take a gander in your spice rack, and throw in whatever your heart desires.  Cook ‘er up and serve in a lettuce wrap, well actually more like a lettuce canoe, so to speak.  This dish has been a regular in our weekly dinner rotation as of late.  A few months ago we stocked up on lots of grass-fed meat, so I literally just take it out of the freezer in the morn and when I get home from work, it takes less than 20 minutes to whip up.  These were so delicious, that the Duster (husband) and I totally fought over the last one.  Rock, paper, scissors settles all.  Well at least most things in my world.  Best 2 out of 3 wins!

P.S.  He won

grass-fed beef lettuce ‘canoes’
Recipe Type: main
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Yield: 4
  • 1-1.5 pounds ground grass-fed beef (could you chicken, turkey, pork or lamb)
  • coconut or olive oil for cooking
  • ¾ red pepper- thinly sliced
  • 1 sm-med red onion- thinly sliced
  • 8 mushrooms (half a pack) - clean and thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic - chopped
  • a few romaine lettuce leaves
  • various spices to taste
  • guacamole - garnish as a topping (homemade or store bought)
  1. take the grass-fed ground beef and put in a frying pan to cook on med to high heat until browned and then remove from heat.
  2. next, thinly slice all the veggies (whichever combo you choose) and sautee over med heat.
  3. when caramelized and semi-cooked, re-add the beef to the pan to continue cooking for 5-10 mins or so.
  4. lastly, add in chopped garlic and various spices to taste (I used fresh ground pepper and a cajun spice mixture)
  5. mix thoroughly
  6. when fully cooked, scoop mixture into washed romaine lettuce leaves (or other large lettuce leaves) and top with guacamole as a tasty condiment
  7. enjoy!

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  • Toni December 7, 2010 at 5:40 am

    I love these but find that they are a bit messy! If I try to eat them with my hands like a taco I end up dumping all the insides out!

  • moose droppings January 24, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    sooo good! i’ll paddle this canoe anytime… oh and save room for the chocolate & coconut covered bacon.

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