Too tired to cook? Ordering out isn’t your only option. Try this heart-healthy, no-cook recipe developed by our friends at Further Food, which was created for reader Linda L., who wanted a healthy recipe idea she could prepare without a stove. Made with legumes, like edamame and peanut butter, these Thai lettuce wraps are packed with protein and fiber. They’re also high in unsaturated (healthy) fats that are important for cardiovascular health. Unsaturated fats help lower your total and LDL (bad) cholesterol as well as reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.

As much as we may love this meal, you don’t have to eat it exactly as is whenever you desire to “not cook” at home. This versatile recipe is totally customizable. Fill them with whatever raw vegetables are in the crisper drawer at the moment. The key ingredient will always be the delicious peanut sauce, which is super simple and easy to whip up in a flash. Other no-heat dishes that also happen to be good for your ticker include these raw soups and raw chocolate cake.

Photos by Grace Stufkosky

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Ingredients

Thai Lettuce Wraps
  • 3 - 4 leaves lettuce, romaine, fresh, outer leaf
  • 1 cup rice noodles
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup scallions, tops & bulb, chopped
  • 1/2 cup iceberg lettuce, shredded
  • 1/4 cup red cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 cup edamame, shelled
  • To taste Himalayan pink salt
Peanut Sauce
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons hoison sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce (i.e., Huy Fong Foods, Inc.)
  • A few dashes coconut aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1/3 cup creamy all-natural peanut butter

Directions

  1. Wash romaine leaves and fill with ready-to-eat rice noodles.

  2. Top the boats with chopped red onion, scallions, shredded lettuce, and red cabbage.

  3. Cook edamame and add to the lettuce cups.

  4. Salt the remainder of edamame with Himalayan pink sea salt.

  5. For the peanut sauce: Blend all ingredients in a food processor and enjoy! If the sauce needs thinning, just add some water.

Nutritional Information

Calories
640
Total Fat
31g
Saturated Fat
4g
Cholesterol
0mg
Sodium
541mg
Carbohydrates
67g
Dietary Fiber
13g
Sugars
10g
Protein
18g
YIELD:

2 servings