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Amelia Freer: How to make delicious lettuce wraps

February 12th 2016 / Amelia Freer

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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.

Herby “mayonnaise”

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.

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Like this recipe? Read more healthy tips and tricks from Amelia Freer here.

Amelia Freer is a nutritional therapist and author. Check out her Winter ebook in our marketplace and find her latest Cook. Nourish. Glow book here

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