Messy Mince Lettuce Cups

Lettuce Cups make for THE BEST delicious plate of goodness. They use basic ingredients and don’t take too much effort. You can use chicken, fish, mushrooms, falafel… whatever you like, but these ones use the humble beef mince. The result is a scrumptious hand-eaten real-food feast that dribbles from your hands right down to your elbows by the time you reach your last bite!

Ingredients: 1 head of lettuce, a little dollop of butter, 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped fresh garlic clove, 500g beef mince, ½ teaspoon of salt (I use salt with seaweed ground into it for some extra nutrients) a sprinkle each of cumin, turmeric, paprika and ground ginger, 2 chopped tomatoes, a few leaves of leafy greens like silver-beet all chopped up into little bits, 1 carrot, 1 beetroot, a handful of finely chopped baby spinach, some fresh parsley ripped up into small pieces, and if you like a bit of garnish then have some greek yoghurt, grated cheese and sauerkraut on hand.

Steps: Wash your lettuce to get all the bug-poo and dirt off… especially when pulling straight from the garden like me! Don’t be too pedantic, a little dirt never hurt. Heat butter in a good pan to a medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring, until it has softened a little. Add the mince and break it up with your wooden spoon, continuing to cook until browned. Add your spices to taste, salt, 1 of the chopped tomatoes and finely chopped leafy greens. Continue to cook and stir until any liquid has reduced and it smells and tastes yummy. While it is cooking away, grate your carrot and beetroot, chop your baby spinach, toss the three together in a bowl with the chopped tomatoes and parsley.

Spoon some mince, then grated salad onto a couple of lettuce leaves, and add grated cheese, a dollop of Greek yoghurt and sauerkraut if using. Grind some salt and pepper on top. Om nom nom, feast away!             

By Jasmine at Franklee Healthy

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