Cooking Other Savoury Summer meals

Mexican Veggie Lettuce Cups

Since starting this food blog I have really changed the way I eat. When I started doing recipes for this blog it was all puff pastry and brie cheese, which is amazing, but not very sustainable when I’m harping on about this happy and healthy lifestyle right?

Most of my recipes now are just real wholesome food you can cook at home containing almost NO processed ingredients (high five!). You’ll only find the odd ‘bad’ thing around here. Like that time I made oreo pretzel peanut butter chocolate slice goodness gracious me… now I’m thinking of that. Forget everything I said and make that right now.

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You’re still here? Good. I have been trying to make better choices with each meal and most of the time I do alright. Sometimes I order the burger or eat oreo pretzel slice which is totally fine.

Why? That fun word moderation

*I still eat potato chips.. I looooooove potato chips. My new favourite is Tyrrels apple cider vinegar from Coles.. mmmm

 vegetarian taco recipe lettuce wraps healthy carbless tacos

This meal was perfect for a week night dinner as it was really quick to throw together as you can prep most of the ingredients the night before/morning of. 

So far I have told you this meal is really healthy, quick, can be prepared earlier and it means you can have my oreo pretzel peanut butter slice for dessert. Am I your new best friend? I think I should be…

I packed up the leftovers for work the next day and had the wildest leftover lunch ever. 

vegetarian taco cups with lettuce leaves

It was perfectly light for a hot evening and would be an amazing summer meal to be eaten outside with a cold glass of white wine.

Whats a favourite summer meal of yours? or What is a thing you substitute in your diet so you can eat more of the good stuff? 

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Have a wonderful day, Bec xo 

Taco Lettuce Cups
Serves 2
A flavoursome and light mexican inspired summer meal using lettuce leaves as wraps/cups. This versatile meal is quick and easy and can be prepared in advance
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Ingredients
  1. 2 head pack baby cos lettuce, leaves separated rinsed and dried
  2. 2 tomatoes diced
  3. 1 cucumber sliced
  4. 1 red capsicum sliced
  5. 1 yellow capiscum sliced
  6. 1 cup beans, cooked or 1 400g tin beans rinsed
  7. small handful cheese if desired
  8. sauce of your choice. I used horseradish mixed with greek yogurt – YUM.
  9. 1 teaspoon chilli poweder
  10. 1 teaspoon paprika
  11. 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  12. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  13. 1 clove garlic minced
Instructions
  1. Prepare all your vegetables. Dice tomato, slice cucumber, rinse and prepare lettuce leaves and set all aside.
  2. Mix all spices together and add some salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a fry pan over medium heat, heat some oil and fry minced garlic for 1 minutes until fragrant. Add beans and capsicums and season with the spice mix.
  4. Keep the bean mix over the heat until capsicum has softened and beans are hot.
  5. Whilst beans are cooking, mix t tablespoon horse radish with ½ a cup of greek yoghurt. Set aside
  6. Once beans are warm and the capsicum softened, remove and place in a serving bowl. Set the table with all the components and enjoy!
Notes
  1. You can mix this up however you like. You can add avocado, turkey mince, salsa, radishes, carrots or WHATEVER you like!
  2. If you store the mix and the lettuce cups in airtight containers they are great for leftovers the next day.
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29 Comments

  • Reply Fabulous Foodie Fridays #64 - Bake Play Smile August 13, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    […] (to keep my energy levels up, of course!), so when I get home, I’m going to make these Mexican Veggie Lettuce Cups from Dancing Through Sunday. They’ll totally make up for my sugar-overdose, […]

  • Reply Lizzie {Strayed Table} August 10, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    What a great idea and love that they can be used for lunch too. So delicious, thanks

  • Reply Lauren @ Create Bake Make August 7, 2015 at 7:53 am

    You are right, it’s all about moderation! You’ve now got me wanting to eat a piece of that slice for breakfast though – thanks for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays 🙂

  • Reply Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages August 6, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    I love how fresh and healthy this looks. I’m all for moderation too. And mexican!

    • Reply Bec August 10, 2015 at 7:48 pm

      You can have SO MANY ‘tacos’!

  • Reply Dannielle @ Zamamabakes August 6, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Bec this looks absolutely delicious!
    I love any meal that doesn’t have too many stodgy carbs and this one looks perfect!
    Happy FFF’s x

  • Reply Rookie With A Cookie March 11, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Bec, can you please tell me if the theme you are using allows to index recipe with an image thumbnail. I am looking for a theme and the cheapest I found is the one that you are using. But I’m concerned that the recipe archive might not show individual thumbnails. Just wanted to ask your experience working with this theme.

    • Reply Bec March 11, 2015 at 4:19 pm

      Hi, I had my developer slightly alter the theme so my home page was the grid, and I chose to index my recipe page all myself so I built a page with text links and image links. I have not tried to use the theme’s in built recipe image indexing function however love the theme and have no trouble working with it. If it makesd any difference I have also not updated the last update so that function could be avail in the next update of the theme. I hope that helped!

  • Reply Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ November 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    To recover from my food poisoning I need something light and wholesome like this! I miss Mexican food 🙂

    • Reply Bec November 23, 2014 at 11:01 am

      This will be perfect! Be gone horrid food poisioning.

  • Reply Lauren @ Create Bake Make November 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Love this, such a great meal to share with friends. I can see us enjoying this with a few drinks as a lazy weekend lunch.

    • Reply Bec November 19, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      That sounds perfect!

  • Reply House in Tillford November 18, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Puff pastry and brie sound delicious but this looks so good and probably even better for summer! and such a good work lunch idea, would have me excited for lunch

    • Reply Bec November 19, 2014 at 9:53 am

      It was heavenly but I was eating it almost every day… not ideal!!! This is perfect for a hot day’s lunch

  • Reply Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages November 17, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I love light fresh meals like this when it is so hot it is hard to think of eating dinner.

    • Reply Bec November 17, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Exxxxxxxxxaccery!

  • Reply Lucy @ Bake Play Smile November 17, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Bec I’m seriously moving next door to you! All of your recipes are just gorgeous. I’m a huge fan of Mexican style food too. Oh and can you make me your oreo peanut butter pretzel slice??? Thank you for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party!

  • Reply erin @ erinmadethis.com November 16, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    I’m going to make these tonight! But with chicken. Yes to cucumber with mexican food, also. I love making a big chicken, mango, coriander salad in summer! xx

    • Reply Bec November 16, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Oo0o0 that sounds dreamy! I heard it’s HOT up there?! This would be perfect.

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef November 15, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    In this heat, all I can think of is salad and you’ve given me a portable salad. Perfect for a picnic tomorrow.

    • Reply Bec November 15, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      I like your thinking! These were great, bring some tzatiki along too!

  • Reply Pearl - Pretty Mayhem November 15, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Oh yum, this would make the perfect lunch on a hot day. I love potato chips too, my faves are the barbecue ones. Soooo good.

    • Reply Bec November 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Its so light and fresh. I would also be happy with potato chips for lunch to hehe

  • Reply Dannielle @ Zamamabakes November 15, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Oh I love how refreshingly delicious these look! Perfect for Summer! Have a great weekend.

    • Reply Bec November 15, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      They will be (Melbourne’s got c-c-cold again!) You too x

  • Reply Jess November 13, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    These will be perfect heading into summer-thanks! I also like to mix greek yoghurt with a few drops of chipotle sauce, to give it that mexican zing 🙂

    • Reply Bec November 14, 2014 at 9:53 am

      That sounds like my new sauce best friend

  • Reply Katie November 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Oh yum! Perfect for today’s 34 deg weather. I agree those Tyrell chips are RIDICULOUSLY good. May need to be a supermarket run at lunchtime…

    • Reply Bec November 14, 2014 at 9:53 am

      THEY ARE SO GOOD I’ve eaten about 5 packets. Only avail from Coles though so I have had to make a few special trips.

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