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Meatless Monday: Quick & easy tofu and veggie lettuce wraps

Patricia Conte has a background in marketing communications and works as an independent writer. In 2010, she was given the opportunity to combine her love of writing and food when she started as a contributing writer for the Food channel...

An app with flavor and flexibility

This versatile recipe goes from starter to light meal in no time flat. The veggies added to the tofu bring color and flavor to this fun dish.

Quick & easy tofu and veggie lettuce wraps

Served on a Meatless Monday, this recipe for quick and easy tofu and veggie lettuce wraps often takes me from appetizer to light meal, depending on what else is going on! Protein-packed tofu is filling, and, by adding several hearty vegetables, you can easily make a meal out of this.

However you serve this dish — whether appetizer or main dish — the flavors and colors are vibrant. It's fun to let guests make their own portions and watch them enjoy their creations. Roll up the lettuce leaves stuffed with the filling (think tacos) or simply scoop up the filling and add it to the bowl-like leaves of whichever lettuce you decide to use.

One of my favorite things about this dish (I have several!) is that it's a great way to clean out your veggie bin: if you don't have red pepper, use celery. No peas? Go for mushrooms. Whatever you like or have, go for it! Consider making a bit extra sauce and serve it on the side.

Quick & easy tofu and veggie lettuce wraps recipe

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

For the sauce

  • 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon garlic chili paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the tofu and veggies

  • 12 ounces tofu, pressed to squeeze out any excess liquid
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup diced white onion
  • 1-1/2 carrots, peeled and julienned
  • 1/3 cup diced red pepper
  • 1/3 cup green peas
  • 10 large lettuce leaves, washed and dried
  • 1/4 cup toasted peanuts, chopped

Quick & easy tofu and veggie lettuce wraps

Directions:

For the sauce

  1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Set aside.

For the tofu and veggies

  1. Add the oil to a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the onion and cook for approximately 6-8 minutes, or until the onion is soft and translucent.
  2. Add almost all the carrot, reserving some to use as garnish, along with the red pepper. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the tofu and stir, crumbling it up with the back of a wooden spoon. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the peas and the sauce and cook until everything is warmed through.
  5. Remove from the heat. Place the mixture in a serving bowl,
  6. Spoon the mixture into the center of the lettuce leaves and garnish with the carrots and chopped nuts.

More Meatless Monday recipes

Cauliflower "couscous" with caramelized onions, cherries and goat cheese
Carrot and kale stir-fry
Garlic and mushroom mashed potatoes

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