Archive for March 18th, 2010

Thai Beef Lettuce Wraps

On one of our recent Sam’s Club runs I stopped by the book section like I always do. They have such a great selection of books at terrific prices. Most of my teenage vampire novels have come from there! Yes, I read teenage vampire novels. You know you love Twilight! Team Edward! Anyhoo, back to the book section….I came across the book Cook This Not That!. This is one of the best little cookbook guides I have ever purchased! It lists dinners that you would find out at restaurants and it breaks down the price and calories you would be eating if you ordered the listed menu items. I was really not that surprised at how many calories are consumed eating out. Have you seen the Red Lobster commercial where they dip that lobster in that vat of butter? So good but yet so bad. We have tried many recipes in Cook This Not That and have not been disappointed yet!

In this book you will find many great recipes covering  ethnic dishes, appetizers, vegetarian dishes, breakfasts, desserts and beverages.

On the bottom of the page you will see the  calorie difference between the restaurant version and the home cooked version as well as the price difference of cooking at home.

For the Thai Lettuce Wraps you will need

12 oz flank, skirt or sirloin steak

Salt and Pepper to Taste

1 tbsp hot sauce

2 tbsp fish sauce – This smelled so bad but tasted really good when cooked!

Juice of one lime

1/2 red onion sliced

1 jalapeno pepper – I left this out

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 carrot grated – I thinly sliced baby carrots because that’s all I had.

1 head Bibb lettuce, leaves separated

Heat the grill or pan over high heat for at least 5 minutes. Season the steak with salt and pepper and toss onto grill/pan. Cook for 4 minutes on each side until it’s firm but yielding to the touch. Let rest for 5 minutes.

Combine the hot sauce, fish sauce and juice of one lime in a small saucepan over low heat.

Slice the steak thinly and drizzle half the sauce over it. Use the lettuce leaves like tortillas and fill with the steak, carrots, onion, and cilantro. Drizzle a bit more sauce on top and add just a squeeze of lime juice.

These were so delicious! We did not have any other sides as this meal was all in one!

If you are out shopping at Sam’s Club look for this book. It was $10.00 and so worth it. I also saw it at Target for $18 but I’m sure most book stores will carry it and there’s always Amazon where it’s currently selling for $13.47. I hope you enjoy it as much as we have!

It’s all good ~ Donna