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Healthy Lamb Lettuce Wraps with a 2-Ingredient Sauce

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!

Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup red pepper hummus
  • 2 tablespoons torn mint leaves
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 ounces lean ground lamb
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 8 Boston lettuce leaves
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted

Instructions

1. 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.
Fiorella DiCarlo

This video features Fiorella DiCarlo.

Duration: 7:12. Last Updated On: Nov. 16, 2017, 6:36 p.m.
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh, . Review date: March 28, 2017

Nutrition Information

Recipe Serves 4
Nutrition Information Based on a Single Serving
Amount Per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories
179
8% Complete
8%
Fat
11g
16% Complete
16%
Cholesterol
27mg
9% Complete
9%
Sodium
511mg
22% Complete
22%
Carbohydrates
11g
11% Complete
11%
Fiber
3g
12% Complete
12%
Sugar
4g
8% Complete
8%
Protein
11g
21% Complete
21%
*Percent Daily Value are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Dietary Needs

Lower Cholesterol
Lower Cholesterol
Lower Sugar
Lower Sugar
Gluten Free
Gluten Free
Lower Carbohydrate
Lower Carbohydrate
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