When life gives you lettuce – wrap something tasty in it. This everlasting wisdom has been haunting me during my waking and sleeping hours for almost a year. And yet – it took me over 8 months to really discover how heavenly lettuce wraps actually can be.
Version one with yellow pepper and red onion
Lettuce wrapped around smooth fresh avocado sauce with the texture of a cloud, creamy velvet-like yet spicy bean dip, fluffy nutty quinoa and crunchy fresh fragrant salad – that’s all I’ve been asking for my whole life. I know salad wrapped in salad – roll your eyes all you want, it doesn’t get any better than that.
Nothing and I mean nothing compares to these quinoa-bean lettuce wraps and I mean it in a very Sinead O’Connor way.
I am in tears writing this, wondering if I should shave my head or not and biting my nails and spitting them out on my wooden floor.
Well, I like nails on the floor. But also it’s 9 pm and in Germany, at this time even the internet is closed. I don’t have any beans or quinoa to make these wraps right now and the soonest I can buy groceries is tomorrow at 8 am.
My leftovers are non-existent.
My mind is in overdrive. I am going insane. I feel used, seduced and abandoned by these quinoa bean lettuce wraps.
Well, I guess I should’ve known better. No garlic-rich, onion-loaded, bean-wealthy, quinoa-successful and avocado-luxurious lettuce wrap can stay in your life forever.
But I will survive tonight (somehow!!!!) – tomorrow is a new day and I will make them again. All I’ll need are cooked quinoa, a lettuce, a can of kidney beans, avocado, lemon, garlic, some veggies, onions, some chili powder to spice up my life and gut and some functioning taste buds.
I’ll make them for lunch and for dinner.
Who am I kidding?
I’ll probably also make them for breakfast – it’s Saturday, who cares if I ate 2 cloves of anti-viral detoxifying garlic?
I made these last Saturday and as you can tell – I am obsessed with them.
But beyond their addictive properties that turn a normal human being like me into a complete psychopath, they’re super healthy, suitable for weight loss and great for skin, hair and nails.
So you might be a psychopath, but at least you’ll be a physically healthy attractive one.
And isn’t that the dream?
HEALTH AND BEAUTY BENEFITS
These quinoa bean lettuce wraps are rich in iron, fiber, protein, zinc, potassium, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C and the garlicky superstar allicin. These nutrients work together to:
- moisturize your skin
- clean out toxins
- rejuvenate skin
- protect the whole body from those destructive free radicals, cancer and heart disease
- reduce inflammation.
It seriously doesn’t get better than that.
If you have all the ingredients at home now – it’s your obligation to go ahead and make these quinoa-bean lettuce wraps and change your life. Don’t forget that somewhere in the world it’s 9 pm now – and if it’s Germany everything’s closed and somebody’s not able to make these lettuce wraps right now. Do it for them.
- 1 can /1 cup red kidney beans
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 small tomato
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 10 basil leaves
- Optional: 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 avocado
- ½ lemon – juiced
- 10 basil leaves
- 1 small red onion
- 1 small pointed green/yellow/red pepper
- 5 small green olives
- 1 tsp olive oil
- ½ cup arugula
- salt to taste
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 lettuce head
- Bean dip: Slice tomato into quarters, rinse and drain beans from the can, peel garlic cloves and smash them. Place all ingredients – beans, tomato, garlic, olive oil and basil leaves into a food processor and blend until thick and smooth.
- Avocado dip: Peel avocado and place into your food processor. Squeeze the lemon and add the juice and the basil leaves to the avocado – blend until stunningly creamy and smooth.
- Salad: Chop onion, pepper, olives and arugula small and place into a small/medium bowl. Add olive oil and salt to taste.
- For the wraps: Wash lettuce leaves dry with a paper towel. Place quinoa in the center of the lettuce leaf, then add the bean dip, avocado sauce and finally salad. Don’t overstuff - after all you can afford to eat another lettuce 😉
vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, detoxifying, high-fiber, antioxidant, heart-healthy