–> Paleo Lettuce Wraps <–
Made with sweet potato, bison, sautéed veggies and a raspberry habanero hot sauce. Naturally seasoned and delicious.
The Fitness Bug
Steven and I have always loved fitness, healthy eating and an active lifestyle… but when I became pregnant with Liza… part of that lifestyle commitment fell off the deep end. Sometimes a pregnant lady just wants a shake.
Now that we’re back in California… and now that Liza has reached toddlerhood… we’re feeling all kinds of new vibes…
We’ve been struck by the fitness/ health nut vibe. And that means 5-6 days of working out, ditching sweets, refined sugars, empty carbs & calories, and overeating. <– I know what some of you may be thinking: (gross. I like my bagels, sleeping in… and the gym… barf).
^^I get it, sometimes a trip to the gym sounds harder than a trip to the refrigerator… but now that I have this bug: I’m addicted. If I miss a day of working out, I feel incomplete. If I eat a bag of skittles, a hershey bar and an energy drink on a road trip, I feel ill. I truly crave healthy food, and I crave physical exercise. Blogging has even become a little difficult for me these days, because it requires a lot of sitting and staring at the computer.
^^ Oh My Gosh. I’ve become that person. I’m a gym rat and I’m the one with the complicated order at the restaurant… agh… semi annoying… but I love feeling good. And I love small fitness victories. I literally have a teeny tiny bicep muscle when I flex… and I feel like I could maybe beat someone up if they mess with Liza.
Slowly and steadily I’ve been gaining some muscle and I’m totally into it. Even on the days when it’s hard… still into it.
The Other Thing is This
I’ve prioritized fitness (and some other things since moving to California: family/ motherhood) over blogging. I’ve had to make some changes on how I choose to spend my time, especially now that my daughter naps less often. I love Kitchen Of Eatin’ and I LOVE blogging.. I’m so glad that I found this hobby. Even if no one ever reads this… I love it, and part of me really does this for myself. But… I choose the craziness of motherhood over my favorite pastime.
I learned something today that has put this into perspective for me even more. One of my sweet, dear friends has tried to have kids for several years now. She and her husband finally got pregnant this last fall… but a few weeks ago her baby girl was born prematurely and passed away a few short hours after. My friend now has a precious angel watching over her and her husband from above.
I have mommy friends who work full time and would kill for the opportunity to be home. And I have this amazing 16-month-old princess, and I get to spend EVERY DAY with her. What a gift. I know each woman is different, and that each woman needs to do what’s best for herself and for her family… but to me this opportunity is wonderful, and I want to take advantage of all of it.. every second.
With my rants about mommy-hood and fitness-hood (<– Is that a thing, can fitness be a baby?) being said… the point I’m getting to is this: Kitchen Of Eatin’ is taking a turn towards the hobby level. I attacked it as a business as it was getting established (I had real big dreams and aspirations for it). So… you may notice my posting frequency slow down quite a bit… but the good news is this…
I will only be:
- Posting my very best + healthy recipes.
- Giving access to giveaways that I truly think you will want to have access to.
- Providing REAL health and fitness tips that change and morph my life for the better.
- Adding a more personal touch to my posting – however I don’t send my very most personal posts out to my mailing list.
So here’s my latest for you… paleo lettuce wraps.
Paleo Lettuce Wraps
Taco lettuce wraps are cool, but do you know what’s even cooler? Lettuce wraps that don’t give you bubble guts (AKA toots).
With this recipe I:
- I replaced beans with sweet potato here.
- I also used bison meat and seasoned the meat with the best ever fajita seasoning – ish flavor.
- Benefits of bison meat?
- More lean than beef naturally
- It’s not legal to use growth hormone in bison – so even if the package you buy doesn’t read “no added growth hormones” or “organic” – you’re in the clear. Antibiotics aren’t technically illegal with bison, but they’re not routinely used.
- Bison meat that reads “100% grass fed” on the label means less fat and a higher concentration of omega-3s.
- Note: Beef is still okay too though, especially in regards to the “fat” argument. If you’re wanting to keep saturated fat intake low, you can buy leaner ground beef OR bison… plus bison meat can be a bit more pricy. So.. if you make this one with ground beef, it’s A-OK!
- Benefits of bison meat?
- I also made a yummy sauce to go with these paleo lettuce wraps. It’s spicy… but also has a hint of raspberry sweetness. Yum.
- I used Sontava Habanero Sauce as an ingredient, because the only ingredients found in this hot sauce include: Habanero peppers, carrots, onions, lime juice, vinegar, garlic, and salt. <– AKA no additives, and this sauce makes a great spicy base for the sauce.
- You can also enjoy these lettuce wraps with another brand of your favorite hot sauce, or plain!
- If you want to make the recipe Whole 30 approved… ditch the sauce all together (or don’t add the coconut sugar – use apple juice instead).
These wraps are loaded with goodness, and I have to be careful not to overeat them… otherwise I’d be at em’ for dayzzz.
Do me a favor? If you decide to make these paleo lettuce wraps, will you comment or email me and let me know what you think? I’d love that, because it improves my kitchen skillzz… and helps me create better content for YOU!
Peace. Love. Paleo Lettuce Wraps. & Health to you all!
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- 1 bunch romaine lettuce
- 1 Tbs. Avocado Oil
- 1 Tsp. Salt
- 1 Tsp. Pepper
- 1 Medium Sweet Potato (diced)
- 2 Bell Peppers, any color (diced)
- 8 Oz. Baby Bella Mushrooms (diced)
- ½ Sweet Onion, optional (diced)
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1 Lb. Ground Bison
- ⅛ Cup Water
- ½ Cup Shredded Red Cabbage, for garnish
- ¾ cup Red Cherry Tomatoes, for garnish (diced or halved)
- 2 Tsp. Organic Chili Powder
- 1 Tsp. Pink Sherpa Himalayan Salt
- 1 Tsp. Organic Paprika
- ½ Tsp. Organic Onion Powder
- ½ Tsp. Organic Garlic Powder
- ¼ Tsp. Organic Cayenne Pepper
- ½ Tsp. Organic Cumin
- 1 Tsp. Pepper
- 6 oz. Rasberries
- 1 Tsp. Sontava Habanero Sauce or ½ Tsp. to make it mild
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2½ Tbs. Coconut Sugar
- 2 Tbs. Apple Cider Vinegar
- 4 Cherry Tomatoes
- Combine all seasoning ingredients in a small bowl and set it aside.
- In a deep saute pan combine sweet potato, bell peppers, mushrooms and onion with avocado oil salt and pepper.
- Cook over medium-high heat and cover with a lid for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender.
- While vegetables are cooking make the hot sauce by combining all sauce ingredients in a blender or Vitamix until it is pureed or smooth. Adjust sweetness as desired using coconut sugar. Do not use coconut sugar for a whole 30 approved meal (replace with about 1-2 tablespoons apple juice).
- Extra sauce can be stored in a sealed container up to a week in the refrigerator. Makes great for leftovers.
- Add bison meat to a separate frying pan and cook over medium, high heat until it is browned.
- Drain out any excess fat, add ⅛ cup water, lemon juice and seasoning mixture and stir over low heat for about 5 minutes
- Serve over romaine lettuce and garnish with cabbage, cherry tomatoes and raspberry hot sauce.
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