If you are like me, you have followed the holiday feasting with a big craving for some fresh, crunchy vegetables. I knew exactly what I wanted, some sort of vegetarian lettuce wrap, and so I came up with the below mix which was dinner on Sunday and has been an appetizer every day since! I love lettuce wraps because they are fun to eat, and the possibilities for adding healthy ingredients are endless.

I started with my last can of black beans. From here on out, I am going to do my best to use dried beans, but I wanted to use this can up, and it was quick. I drained it, rinsed it, and placed it in a pot with 3 cloves chopped garlic and 1/2 TSP chili powder. I set it on low heat and just let it simmer as I prepared the super easy other parts of the dish.

Fresh romaine lettuce leaves were the base.


When the beans were hot, I scooped them on to the lettuce leaves, then topped with shredded cheddar cheese laced with spicy habanero peppers. I topped it with Trader Joe’s peach salsa, a completely addictive, smoky, peachy delight.


Drizzled with habanero oil and rolled up into neat little packages, these offered warm, cold, crunchy, spicy, and sweet in each bite. They were also surprisingly filling. Just three of these, which contained about 1/2 cup of beans, filled me up for a couple of hours. I am already brainstorming a million other ideas to use for lettuce wraps! Inexpensive, easy, healthy, and versatile!

Do you have a go to healthy meal that makes you feel like you are “healthifying”?

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  1. Kelly’s avatar

    Anything with beans makes me feel healthy, seriously!
    Why are you usually dried beans now? I like my canned beans :(


  2. Allie (Live Laugh Eat)’s avatar

    Actually the eggplant dish that I made on a total whim for Christmas Eve dinner was totally healthified. I can’t wait to make it again. Your lettuce wraps are so colorful!!


  3. Simply Life’s avatar

    oh that looks amazing and I am REALLY looking forward to that – still out of town and enjoying all the great meals, but can’t wait to have fresh, raw produce! :)


  4. Jess (A Fete For Food)’s avatar

    My go to “cleansing” meal is straight vegetable soup. Filling, full of veggies, and nice and warm on these FREEZING nights!


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