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Vietnamese Beef Lettuce Wraps with Rice Noodles and Cucumber Relish

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Vietnamese Beef Lettuce Wraps with Rice Noodles and Cucumber Relish are a fun, festive and healthful summertime dinner for two.
Course Beef
Cuisine Asian
Diet Diabetic, Gluten Free, Low Lactose
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 2 -3
Calories 714

Ingredients

Dipping Sauce

  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic minced

Filling

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • ¾ pound lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar packed
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce or to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cucumber Relish

  • 1 English cucumber (hothouse) peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 3 scallions white and light green part only, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Lettuce and Toppings

  • 6 large leaves Boston lettuce
  • 1 sprig fresh basil thinly sliced
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • 1 ounce rice noodles prepared per package instructions and drained well
  • ½ cup peanuts coarsely chopped
  • Lime wedges

Instructions

Dipping Sauce

  • Combine all sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Divide into small bowls for each diner.

Filling

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook onion and ginger 4-5 minutes or until softened
  • Add garlic and beef. Cook 4-5 minutes or until beef is browned and no longer pink, crumbling the beef into small pieces as you go. Drain well.
  • Stir in remaining filling ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally or until almost evaporated.

Cucumber Relish

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

To Assemble Lettuce and Topping

  • Spoon meat mixture onto lettuce leaves, top with basil, carrots, rice noodles, peanuts and lime wedges as desired. Roll up and serve with dipping sauce.

Notes

MAKE AHEAD:  Filling can be made ahead 1-2 days.  Cool and refrigerate.  Add 2-3 tablespoons water and reheat in a saucepan until heated through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 714kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 55g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 3975mg | Potassium: 1631mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 7369IU | Vitamin C: 23mg | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 8mg