Asian Lettuce Wraps

Elderly Care in Cherry Creek CO

Keeping the menu that you prepare for your parents varied and exciting is a great way to change up your elderly care journey and encourage your parents to try new flavors so that they can get theElderly-Care-in-Cherry-Creek-CO nutrition that they need without always eating the same foods. This recipe is for fast and delicious Asian lettuce wraps that offer protein, fiber, and vitamins without any of carbs of a bun or other kind of bread. If your seniors do not enjoy spicy food, feel free to reduce or even eliminate the red pepper flakes.

 

What You Will Need

  • 1 head of Boston lettuce
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil
  • A 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 scallions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 of a cup of hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 of a cup of unshelled peanuts
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • A sharp knife
  • A cutting board
  • A skillet

 

What to Do

  • Peel and finely grate the ginger and put aside
  • Chop the scallions and put aside
  • Mince the garlic and put aside
  • Chop the peanuts and set aside
  • Separate the leaves of the Boston lettuce, clean and dry them and set aside
  • Place the skillet over medium high heat
  • Add the vegetable oil to the skillet
  • When the oil is hot, add the beef. If you add the beef to the pan before the oil has heated completely, it will begin to boil and absorb the oil rather than caramelizing. The oil should have a slightly shimmering appearance before you add the beef. If you are unsure, add a very small piece and listen to make sure that you hear a sizzle. If you do not, take the meat out and allow the oil to heat for a few moments longer
  • Cook the beef until it is brown
  • Stir in the ginger and garlic slowly to prevent burning
  • Add the scallions, soy sauce and red pepper flakes to the skillet, stirring well until the ingredients are well distributed throughout the meat
  • Add the hoisin and stir
  • Cook for 1 minute and remove from the heat
  • Just after removing from the heat, stir in the peanuts. Do not allow the meat mixture to cool before adding the nuts as this will affect the texture and flavor
  • Season with the salt and pepper to taste
  • Spread out the lettuce leaves
  • Add a scoop of the mixture to the center of each of the leaves and wrap lightly

 

Extra tip: This recipe can also be made into a delicious and satisfying meat-free version to fit into your vegetarian or vegan lifestyle or to make a unique addition to your Meatless Monday rotation. Rather than using ground beef, use chopped mushrooms. Put them in the pan with vegetable oil and a bit of butter if desired and add the chopped mushrooms into the hot pan. Do not add salt until the mushrooms are browned and smaller. Allow to cook until the mushrooms are softened and caramelized.

Extra tip: The flavor of fresh ginger is far superior to dried or crystallized versions. Purchase a root of garlic and cut off a chunk to use in your recipe. Wrap the rest in plastic and freeze it until your next use to keep it good for months.

 

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring elderly care services near Cherry Creek, CO, please contact Visiting Angels at 303-232-9999.

 

About Greg Elliott

Greg Elliott founded the Visiting Angels’ office in 2008 after a successful, twenty year career in pharmaceutical sales and management. The original office was located in Lakewood, and has since been relocated to Wheat Ridge to accommodate our ever-expanding team.

“Our goal is to allow Seniors to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. The service that we provide is truly rewarding, and I love the time I get to spend meeting Seniors in our community.”

Greg is a proud graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently resides in Arvada, and loves spending time with his wife and son and their Australian Shepherd . When not at the office, Greg enjoys travel, skiing, golf and fly-fishing.

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