The Secret to Paleo: The Lettuce Cup! 5 Recipes


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I recently fell in love with lettuce cups! It’s true. I use them almost daily, I don’t know if it’s because they wrap my food up nicely, or make me feel like I’m eating a tortilla, but whatever it is I like it. I actually think I might have discovered the secret to following the Paleo diet and making nutritious food your family will love!

5 Paleo Friendly Ways to Use Lettuce Cups for a Healthy Meal

1.Paleo Breakfast burritos

Scramble 2 egg whites and one whole egg with onion, bell pepper, and your meat of choice. I prefer BACON! Once your eggs and meat are sin a scramble and thoroughly cooked scoop a massive spoonful into a lettuce cup made from Butter Lettuce. Now drizzle with hot sauce, salsa, or your topping of choice.

2. Paleo Bison Burger

I recently posted a blog on Bison burger and how to cook here. Once you have cooked your Bison burger add it to your lettuce, top with mushrooms, pickles, peppers, onion, almost anything.

3. Paleo Orange Chicken

This is my favorite! Do you love orange chicken from Panda Express or other Chinese food  restaurants? Then this is your go to paleo meal!

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 3 T fat (coconut oil works well here)
  • juice of 2 oranges*
  • zest from 1 orange
  • 1 t fresh ginger
  • 3 T coconut aminos or wheat-free soy sauce
  • 1 t chili garlic sauce or sriracha
  • 3 green onions, chopped

In a medium size sauce pot, add the orange juice, zest, ginger, coconut aminos and chili garlic sauce or sriracha. Set over medium heat and let simmer to reduce and thicken while the chicken cooks. In a saute pan, heat 3 T of the fat of your choice, over medium high heat. Add the chopped chicken thighs and cook until a nice brown crust has developed on the chicken pieces, about 6 minutes. Add the chicken to the sauce pot and stir to coat with the orange sauce. Serve topped with sliced green onions. *Taste your oranges. If they don’t taste orange-y, then neither will this dish. Use tangerines if you gotta or add a teaspoon of sweetener until you’re satisfied with the flavor.

One your orange chicken is finished, add to two lettuce cups and mow down!

This recipe is from: http://www.health-bent.com/poultry/paleo-orange-chicken

4. Paleo Street Tacos

So here is the scoop, I love those little tacos from taco trucks! They are so good, the onion, cilantro, hot sauce, yum! While these tacos are amazing, they also use a tortilla, which is not on the Paleo diet. But I have good news, you can still have that amazing street taco taste without the tortilla!

Cook your carne asada, or chicken in a pan with your favorite spices. Chop up some white onion and cilantro. Now dress your lettuce cup with your meat, onion, and cilantro. Drizzle with hot sauce of choice. And there you have it healthy street tacos!

5. Tuna Salad Paleo Style

For those of you who are a fan of tuna or tuna sandwiches this is great trade out for bread and mayo. Make your tuna with pickles, olives, green onion and mustard, now scoop into lettuce cups wrap and enjoy. It’s that easy!

I hope these simple paleo recipes help you stay on track. We all know sometimes you run out of ideas, and that’s exactly why you should subscribe to our blog!

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A little more about Natasha Hawkins...

Experience: Division 1 Fastpitch Softball player at San Jose State. Degree: B.S in Marketing and Advertising Certifications: Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Interests: She loves the way the brain works and how personalities and attitude can create a warrior of an athlete that will always persevere and make success for themselves. While she is not a certified nutritionist she studies and practices the Paleo diet and Zone eating. Quirk: I am an avid archer and hunter. Yup, it's true. I have shot archery since I could walk, and hunted with my Dad since I was born. I also have a sister (Cheridan Hawkins) who is a stud pitcher for the Oregon Ducks Softball Team and is on the Junior Olympic Team. My youngest sister Charli Hawkins trains with me at CrossFit and is also a catcher on the 12U California Grapettes. Follow Natasha on Twitter: @NatashaBHawkins