These low carb pizza lettuce wraps are a fun twist on the classic Asian recipe that have all the pizza taste, in a healthy, easy gluten free dinner that everyone will love!
Photos updated 6/26/2017. Narration not changed.
Ok guys, it’s story time.
So, it was just me and the hubs 6 month anniversary (I know, not a HUGE deal…but I thought it was kinda important!) So we wanted to do something cute and romantic to celebrate right? I had this brilliant idea of getting Chinese take out for dinner, instead of “being good” and making the healthier mango chicken with coconut cauliflower rice, and then getting all dressed up….and bringing the takeout home to have an indoor, candle-lit picnic.
Cute idea right? That’s what I thought.
That should have been our first red flag. Seriously, how can you make good food in 5 minutes?
While we waited, we needed to get candles. We assumed that a gas station would have some, and there was one right across the street. We boogied over there only to find out that it was closed. At 7 pm. On a Saturday.
What kind of gas station closes at 7 on a Saturday?
We didn’t have time to go anywhere else due to the 5 minute Chinese, so we decided to fore-go candles. Back to the restaurant we went.
We then arrived home and were pretty excited to eat the food. That all changed after bite #1.
It was super duper extra bready, greasy and just plain nastiness on a fork.
We are troopers so we tried to get through a few more bites. However, we both started feeling icky pretty quick. I don’t know what they put in the food but we both needed to lay down as our stomachs were not happy campers. We ended up falling asleep on the couch at 8pm.
It was pretty much the least romantic anniversary ever guys.
The point of this story? In the morning, the hubs said “we shoulda had pizza.”
This got my crazy little brain thinking about what would happen when you combine 2 amazing comfort foods, and so healthy pizza lettuce wraps was born.
Everyone loves pizza. Whether it’s homemade Greek yogurt gluten free mac and cheese , Pizza Low Carb Lasagna with Zucchini Noodles or just traditional pizza, It’s just one of those things that you need to be a crazy person to not like. How can you go wrong with bread, ooey gooey cheese, and saucy goodness? You just can’t. Unfortunately, it’s not something that can be eaten too regularly if you want to keep a healthy waistline.
These yummy little lettuce wraps take away the carbiness of pizza, but still maintain the ooey gooey, cheesy sauciness that is really what makes pizza ah-may-zing.
The lettuce cup also give them a little bit of a crisp crunchiness and an Asian flair that makes them so fun to eat that you don’t even notice it’s not real pizza.
That might be a little bit un-true, but this is a REALLY good substitute for when you have a pizza craving but also wanna be healthy ya know? Read: Every single day of my life.
The beauty of these lettuce wraps is that they are SO versatile. You can really fill them with whatever it is that you like on your pizza. I did a “meat lovers” variation because we like MEAT. But, you could do whatever your pizza-loving heart, well, loves. <3 <3
So about the recipe. It only serves 4, as a side (2 wraps each.) Whiiiich is NOT enough for a whole dinner, so I suggest you make a few other appetizer-like-things to NOM along with them. Here are a few ideas about what to serve with lettuce wraps:
- Cauliflower Tater Tots
- Pizza Bites
- Cheesy Baked Chicken Tenders
- Greek Yogurt Dip with Kale and Parmesan
BOOM – perfect meal made of bite-sized delicious nibbles! <3<3<3
Finally, top these babies with some pizza sauce and cheese (’cause it just ain’t pizza without cheese) and bite into ooey-gooey-can’t-believe-it’s-good-for-me Heaven.
So, as they say, have your pizza and eat it too.
Low Carb Pizza Lettuce Wraps
A fun twist on the classic Asian lettuce wraps, that tastes like pizza! All the same flavors without the carbs and calories!
- For the filling:
- 4 Strips of bacon, cooked and diced.
- 1/2 Tbsp Olive oil
- 1/2 a yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 a Green pepper, diced
- 1/4 cup White mushrooms, diced
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 pound Lean ground beef, (I use 93%)
- 8 Leaves Green cabagge or butter lettuce. **
- 4 Tbsp Organic Pizza sauce
- 1/4 Cup Thinly sliced deli ham, diced
- 8 slices Pepperoni
- 1/2 Cup Reduced fat Mozzarella cheese, grated
- Put the 1/2 Tbsp olive oil in a large pan and heat on medium-high heat.
Add in the peppers and onions and cook until softened, about 3 min. Add in the mushrooms and cook for another minute or two, until soft. Season with salt.
Heat a medium pan on medium/high heat and cook the ground beef until no longer pink inside, breaking it up as it cooks, about 5 minutes.
Divide the pizza sauce between the lettuce (or cabbage), followed by the cooked veggies, bacon, beef, ham, pepperoni and cheese.
** I love using green cabbage instead of lettuce. They are stronger and also give an extra crunch! Plus, cabbage has more nutrients than lettuce 🙂
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