I’m always trying to find ways to add more vegetables to meals. I also try to replace unhealthy or nutrient-lacking parts of a recipe with a healthier and fresher option if possible. Some of my favorite ways to do this are:
- Using cabbage for “noodles” in recipes like spaghetti
- Using spiral cut parsnips as “noodles” in recipes like this Shrimp Lo Mein
- Substituting cucumbers for bread in finger sandwiches
- Using cauliflower in place of rice in recipes like this Paella
- Making sweet potatoes noodles for this Shrimp Carbonara recipe
Of all of these recipes that substitute vegetables for grains or processed ingredients, this one is the most simple. It takes the idea of lettuce wraps and combines them with the classic taco recipe. I’ve found that I actually like the lettuce version better since the lettuce provides a crunch and a coolness that isn’t found in a regular tortilla. I grew up in Texas and I love the flavors of Mexican food. This recipe is a great way to get the same flavors without the need for white flour or vegetable oils in the tortillas.
- 1 lb ground beef or turkey
- 3 tablespoons ground cumin seed
- 1 tablespoon (non-spicy) chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 head Bibb Lettuce or iceberg lettuce
- chopped tomato, salsa, onions, sour cream, cheese, hot sauce, etc to garnish
Do you use vegetables in place of less healthy parts of a recipe? Share your best substitute below!
Photo Credit: Suzanne Perazzini