July 14th 2016
Amelia Freer: How to make delicious lettuce wraps
February 12th 2016
Photography by Kirstin Sinclair
Cutting out bread can be difficult but there's an easy way to replace it in your sandwiches - this super healthy and low-carb Amelia Freer recipe
It’s hard to replace a sandwich at lunchtime – there is something so lovely about wrapping a delicious filling in an outer shell and having a bite of all of the flavours together. When I had to give up bread years ago when I first got ill, I was quite lost until someone suggested I just used lettuce as a replacement for bread – sounds mad I know, and it definitely is messy but it works; it’s a delicious alternative. Now it’s a daily staple in my life so I thought I’d share it with you.
Firstly I like flavour, so I make an alternative “mayonnaise” which is basically just a pesto but made with soaked cashew nuts and blended till smooth. If you don’t want to make this then buy a good fresh pesto instead.
1 cup of soaked cashew nuts
1 handful of fresh basil
1 small clove of garlic
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Extra virgin olive oil
Pinch of sea salt
Blend altogether in a blender till smooth and store in an old jam jar in the fridge. It lasts for four days.
For the “sandwiches”
4-6 iceberg, little gem, romaine or chicory leaves.
Here are some of my favourite fillings:
Avocado, red onion, cherry tomato, poached chicken, cucumber and basil;
Smoked mackerel, spring onion, avocado, watercress, grated carrot and beetroot;
Tuna, spring onion, cherry tomato, capers and dill;
Prawn, red onion, mango and coriander;
Chickpea and lemon pâté with spring onion and cherry tomato.
The larger the lettuce leaf, the easier it is to wrap. But if you are using a small little gem leaf then just load up a mouthful of the ingredients on the end of the leaf and bite, then repeat!
Worst case scenario, if you don’t get time to buy all the filling – then buy a sandwich with a healthy filling, remove the bread and load the filling into some lettuce leaves and enjoy.