This Mediterranean diet dish is your new favorite low-carb meal.
Looking for a low-carb option for dinner? This Greek-style wrap uses lettuce instead of bread, making it perfect for anyone watching carbs, calories, or blood sugar.
In this episode of To Eat With Love, our Mediterranean diet cooking show, nutritionist Fiorella DiCarlo, RD, CDN, uses a popular Mediterranean diet ingredient—ground lamb—with a “secret” ingredient: a touch of cinnamon. (Yep, you read that right: Cinnamon is a popular spice in savory Mediterranean recipes.) You’ll also prepare a fresh vegetable salad of diced tomato, cubed cucumber, and fresh chopped parsley. (Here’s how to dice tomatoes like a pro and the best way to chop leafy herbs.)This traditional salad exists in some form in almost every region of the Mediterranean, and can stand on its own as a side or be used as a condiment, like a Greek pico de gallo. After giving these ingredients a stir, add in the lamb.
Then, create a simple healthy dressing by mixing hummus and plain Greek yogurt together. Hummus is a dip or spread made from chickpeas, a low-fat, plant-based protein. The classic flavor gives a garlic and lemony punch, but other varieties, like roasted red pepper or pesto hummus, would also work. You can easily make your own hummus as well. For a dairy-free version, skip the yogurt and just use the hummus on its own.
Now you’re ready to fill your lettuce wraps. Add a scoop of the lamb and veggie mixture, a dollop of the hummus and yogurt sauce, some pine nuts, and some bright, fresh mint leaves. Grab a wrap and get munching!
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 6 ounces lean ground lamb
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/2 cup chopped tomato
- 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
- 1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup red pepper hummus
- 8 Boston lettuce leaves
- 2 tablespoons torn mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
Instructions1. Heat up olive oil in a pan and brown onions until fragrant. 2. Cook ground lamb in the pan, and then add sea salt, cinnamon and garlic. Allow to simmer. 3. In a bowl add tomatoes, cucumber, and parsley. Stir until combined. 4. Scoop finished ground lamb into the salad mix. 5. For the dressing: combine hummus and Greek yogurt. 6. Scoop lamb and salad mix onto open lettuce leaf. 7. Drizzle hummus and yogurt dressing, and garnish with pine nuts and mint.
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.