Paleo Ground Pork Asian Lettuce Wraps

These paleo Asian Lettuce Wraps are extra special because they are filled with fresh local California produce and meat from our local farmer’s market!

Paleo Asian Lettuce Wraps found at http://www.fearlessdining.com

These paleo wraps are a delicious dish to create, and even better, they are quick and easy to make. Dinner in under 30 minutes!!

Do you have a local farmer’s market in your area?

I try to go to our Campbell Farmer’s Market every Sunday. It is one of the larger markets in our area and it is one of my favorite things to do each Sunday.

Farmer's Market Collage

Did you know that California farmers grow nearly half of the fruits, nuts and vegetables grown in the U.S.?

And what I love most is that every farmer has a story. Farmers are hard working real people. They get up early to harvest their crops, regardless of the weather, and work long hours. They show up at the farmer’s markets, not only to sell their produce, but to build relationships with those of us shopping.

This past Sunday was rainy, and still our farmer’s market was full of vendors.

I love to stop and talk to the people working in the booths. The first booth I went to was filled with tiny heads of cauliflower. Because of all of the rain, the farmer had to harvest his cauliflower a lot earlier than he planned. If he didn’t harvest early, he would have lost his crop. I bought four heads of his cauliflower and it was so incredibly tender and fresh.

The daffodil farmer shown above; this is his last week at the farmer’s market because his harvest season is over. Did you know there is a farmer at the strawberry booth who takes incredible photographs? The farm owner showcases his work on the cardboard 3 pack boxes the strawberries are sold in. (Just look below to see his latest photo.)

Farmer's Market Strawberries

Each farmer has a story, and I could talk for hours. I love to ask how they prepare certain vegetables…I get the best tips from farmers :-).

Farmer's Market CA Tomatero Farm

California is the nation’s top nut producer. For example, California grows 100% of the United State’s supply of almonds. Did you know that California is also the country’s No. 1 milk producer and the leading producer of butter and ice cream? (Our family loves the raw milk we pick up at our farmer’s market each week.)

Raw Milk

The food that is grown in California drives the state and U.S. economy, and overall is a vital part of our local communities. California farming and ranching generates more than $100 billion in annual economic activity for our state. Not to mention, California farming is also one of the largest employers in our state.

I am helping build awareness about local California produce, meats and nuts as a part of Cultivate California.

Farmer's Market CA Mushrooms

We may be getting a lot of rain now, but for the past few years, California has been suffering from a record drought. It has been more important than ever for California farmers to use water wisely. California farmers and ranchers are consistently looking for innovative ways to use water responsibly to put food on the plates of Californians.

Without water for California farms, we wouldnโ€™t have fresh food available. Californiaโ€™s farming and ranching community is highly aware of the need to make the most of our natural resources and are committed to using water efficiently and responsibly.

Paleo Asian Lettuce Wraps found at http://www.fearlessdining.com

I had so many great recipe ideas when I headed out to the farmer’s market this week, but when I found some incredible heads of red tipped butter leaf lettuce I knew I had my inspiration.

Red tipped butter leaf

I haven’t had Asian lettuce wraps since my last visit to P.F. Chang’s…and I missed those delicious wraps. And even better, these are ready in under 30 minutes!

Prather Ranch

In shopping for the wrap ingredients, I found organic ground pork at my favorite meat CSA, Prather Ranch. (We actually get a box of meat as a CSA from Prather Ranch every month, but with a growing teenage boy, I still stop by their booth to pick up meat after we run out.)

butter leaf in spinner

Carefully separate the lettuce leaves and wash.

Cooking meat with veggies

Cook the meat and the veggies together.

Paleo Asian Lettuce Wraps found at http://www.fearlessdining.com

Gluten Free Asian Lettuce Wraps

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Chinese
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Ingredients

  • 1 head butter leaf lettuce
  • 1 pound ground pork ground beef or turkey also work great
  • 7-8 shiitake mushrooms sliced
  • 2 small zucchini or 1 large, sliced
  • 1 leek sliced thinly
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 carrot grated for garnish
  • 1 scallion sliced for garnish
  • For Marinate:
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin
  • 1 tablespoon sake
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • For Dipping Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon tamari
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon warm water

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, add marinade ingredients.
  2. Mix and set aside.
  3. In a skillet, heat olive oil and add leeks.
  4. Cook one minute.
  5. Add ground pork, zucchini, and shiitake.
  6. Cook until done.
  7. Add marinate.
  8. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  9. Carefully wash and separate butter leaf lettuce leaves.
  10. Dry in a salad spinner.
  11. Mix up dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  12. Set aside.
  13. Lay out lettuce leaves.
  14. Add meat mixture, carrot and scallion.
  15. Drizzle with dipping sauce and enjoy!

More Yummy Healthy Recipes to Try!

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Comments

  1. These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them!

  2. We make Lettuce Wraps a lot so I can’t wait to make this! It sounds amazing!

  3. Who new something in some lettuce could look this good!

  4. Thank you I followed you on twitter, wish you all the best .

  5. I can’t wait for our Farmer’s Market to open back up and our CSA to start! Your lettuce wraps look fabulous…we’ll definitely try them this summer once we have local lettuce again!

  6. I’ve been looking for a good lettuce wrap recipe! I love the the flavors in this! I’ll have to try this one out!

  7. What a lovely wrap!
    I wish I had better Farmer’s Markets around here! You would think so being in rural NJ, but not the case!

  8. These look delicious! I love lettuce wraps + the flavors in these. That farmers market looks great! I used to go to our local year-round one every weekend but haven’t be able to do that in awhile.

  9. I love lettuce wraps and I see you used Sake, making me love this even more.

  10. Lettuce wraps ar e one of my go-to meals! These look great!

  11. Oh, yours sound SO GOOD! Just gorgeous, too. I had to laugh about you needing to buy more meat because of your teenage boy. My 14-year-old can eat an entire dinner when he comes home from school, and then another one 2 hours later with the family.

  12. We will be making these for dinner really soon!!

  13. So many wonderful flavors in these tasty lettuce wraps! The perfect week night meal that everyone will adore!

  14. I love the farmers market too! We still have a few months before ours comes back – I can’t wait!

  15. I’m a big fan of my local farmers market also. The vendors are always so friendly, they usually give me a discount since I’m a loyal customer. There is nothing like fresh California produce. Your lettuce wraps look colorful and ALMOST too pretty to eat ๐Ÿ˜‰

  16. This sounds good! I love how many veggies go into this dish.

  17. Yum! I miss eating Asian cuisine. Due to allergies, we can’t eat it out but this looks delicious!

  18. Oh man, I LOVE lettuce wraps! These look too good!

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