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Go Meatless Tonight – Southwest Lettuce Wraps

Go Meatless Tonight…..

southwest lettuce wrap2After yesterday’s many epic fails in the kitchen I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to make a post today. I guess they weren’t fails, except the crème brulee, they tasted amazing and I literally cooked ALL DAY, but they weren’t pretty and they just weren’t inspiring me. Sometimes I think I just have to many ideas in my head and can’t get them all sorted out. I’m recovering, I think I’m back on board. 😉 Luckily I was still able to share some amazing pictures that a fellow blogger posted to keep your taste buds working overtime. (Thank you Amanda!)

southwest lettuce wrap3Today I took the kids to the park to run off some energy before nap time to make sure they would nap, and so I could have a few minutes of quite to get in some pictures, and some writing. It is supposed to storm tonight, and tomorrow, so I wanted to be sure that they were able to get out and get some fresh air. I figured I would multitask and did some sprints, and box jumps, while they were playing on the playground. It worked out great, they got to run around, I got to bring my exercise total up to 50 minutes for the day, got to clear my head a bit, and now the house is so quiet.

southwest lettuce wrap5southwest lettuce wrap4Last night for dinner I made some Southwest wraps. I put them in low carb tortillas for my husband, but I really, REALLY have to be in the mood to eat tortillas, and I wasn’t. I decided to just use some big, crisp, green cos romaine leaves. I had nailed the seasoning on the beans and rice, and the lettuce just gave that perfect crunch that I was looking for. I had it for lunch today, and I just had to share it. I will warn you, unlike tortillas, lettuce doesn’t want to stay wrapped up so the pictures might seem a little bit crazy, but you can NOT beat the taste. We are trying to do more meatless dishes and this is one I am keeping on the top of my list. It is so simple, but absolutely delicious!

sourthwest lettuce wrapI kept my toppings super simple, but you could add just about anything you want! Don’t want a wrap? Make it a salad. Not a fan of a lettuce wrap? Toss the filling into some tortillas. Just a note though, the calorie count is just counting the items I used. 😉 I felt these were good enough to be the star of the show, but you could also use them as a side to your main course, or even a snack. They will make a great addition to your summer line up of refreshing foods to eat. So, no matter how you wrap them, or how you top them, sit back, relax, and enjoy!

How often do you eat meatless meals?

Do you prefer tortillas or lettuce for wraps?

Southwest Lettuce Wraps

By Angie Gouchenour

southwest lettuce wrap

4 servings


1 c long grain white rice – cooked (You could use brown if you like.)

1 1/3 cup black beans – cooked (I made mine from dry, but you can use canned if you want)

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon cumin

¼ teaspoon paprika

2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese – shredded

21 purple onion rings (3 per wrap)

8 cos romaine lettuce leaves (Or any large firm lettuce leaves)


In a skillet combine the rice, black beans, salt, chili powder, garlic, cumin, and paprika; heat through

Lay out washed, and dried, lettuce leaves and break the spines of each leaf

With the light side up spoon bean and rice mixture onto each one

Top with cheese and onions

Fold from the top end, and fold in the sides. Lay seam side down to keep closed

2 wraps 194 calories


5 thoughts on “Go Meatless Tonight – Southwest Lettuce Wraps

  1. Will definitely try this. I buy tortillas and rarely end up eating them. This really sounds good and easy. Regarding your meatless question, I like meatless options – gravitate to things like beans and hummus, cheese – and unfortunately love bread. You’re mexican spaghetti is awesome without any meat in it! I better have that again this weekend!

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    1. I don’t eat many tortillas, but hubby does, so once they are open I just keep them in the fridge, they last quite a while. Otherwise you can freeze them. I agree with you on the spaghetti! The last couple of times I just ate it as is…. so yum! Glad you enjoyed it!


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