Last updated on June 16th, 2021 at 03:44 pm
You are absolutely going to love these delicious clean eating recipe! These healthy salmon lettuce wraps are full of flavor and just the perfect low carb dinner recipe! This is also a good anti-inflammatory recipe if you’re starting an anti-inflammatory diet.
Update: I originally published this recipe a long, long time ago in 2017 when I was naive and thought that I needed to lose weight…if I only knew what a year like 2020 can do to a midsection…I made these lettuce wraps again recently in June 2021 minus the sauce, because I didn’t have time, patience and soaked sunflower seeds, so this is the result. Super delicious and I recommend you try these as well!
You might have noticed lately, I am writing a lot about weight loss. How to lose weight that, how to lose weight this…workouts to do. Well the thing is: Yes, I have gained some weight and this is not the time of my life. I am not dirty dancing, I am just crying inside.
Losing Weight And Reducing Inflammation
Well, not really. But I don’t feel good. This has nothing to do with being vain or wanting to have abs, so that people like me. To be honest with you, I don’t care what others think about the way I look. I care about the way I think about myself and about the way I feel about myself.
So just for myself, I am trying to lose some weight right now. 20 pounds or 10 kg to be exact. This is how much I have gained in one year. Now to some that might be nothing, to me it’s 20% of my weight. So it’s a lot. I am not a growing baby or a pigeon after all. If you’re wondering about the pigeon “metaphor” – last year we had 2 pigeon babies on the balcony and they grew really fast. Some might find it disgusting that I’m raising pigeons, but to me those were the sweetest birds ever and never touched them with my bare hands.
Now back to me, myself and the double chin that’s living its own life now. Now that I’m trying to lose weight, I am also cutting back on carbs, because I have gained a lot of belly fat and I’ve read many studies that show following a clean, lower carb anti-inlammatory diet helps. So I’m trying to eat clean and to add more anti-inflammatory recipes to my diet.
Enter the healthiest, most delicious salmon lettuce wraps ever.
Salmon Lettuce Wraps Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need for the lettuce wraps:
- salmon filets
- vegetables to cook – I chose asparagus, scallions, garlic, carrots and zucchini
- fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce (of course for lettuce wraps!)
- flaxseeds, lemon and black pepper
- and the ingredients for this herby sunflower seed cream cheese
How To Make These Lettuce Wraps
I’m not gonna lie to you: this recipe is very similar to the recipe I did last summer (You know what I did last summer and that’s scaring me <- can you tell I grew up in the 90’s). But this one is still kinda different and I feel I enjoyed it even more than the last one.
It’s pretty easy to make.
You basically will need to wash some vegetables and then pan sear the salmon with some of the most delicious vegetables ever like asparagus and scallions.
Then you’ll also chop up some fresh vegetables and make a healthy herby cream cheese dip without actually using cream cheese. You’ll use soaked sunflower seeds and a bunch of other ingredients.
Put all that on a lettuce leaf and see what happens. I loved it.
This recipe is awesome, because it’s rich in antioxidants, it is anti-inflammatory and low GI. So great for your health, skin and even for weight loss. High in protein, omega-3’s, detoxifying nutrients from the asparagus, Selenium (which if you’re not eating some Brazil nuts, you might have a hard time getting) and a ton of other stuff.
You can eat this meal twice per week, because as we hear from everywhere fish is now basically more toxic than cyanide, plus it’s not sustainable to eat fish every single day. However, a study from 2006 found that the benefits of fish consumption outweigh the risks. So don’t worry about having fish once to twice a week, just don’t eat fish every day.
- 350g salmon / 12oz salmon
- a small bunch cilantro
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tbsp thinly chopped ginger
- 7 green asparagus spears
- 2 carrots
- 3 scallions
- 1/2 cup zucchini cubes
- some flax seeds
- some black pepper
- a head of lettuce
- vegan garlicky cream cheese
- Chop carrots, scallions, zucchini, cilantro and mince garlic and fresh ginger. Remove stems from asparagus (the hard part) and slice the bunch of asparagus spears in 3 parts. Cube salmon.
- In a large nonstick pan cook salmon at medium-high, lid covered. Add some water, 1-2 tbsp if needed - this is just so that the salmon doesn't stick, I did not need any water, but this could be different. After 1-2 min add asparagus (at this step make sure, there's no water in the pan!) and cover again for 2 min.
- Then add ginger and garlic, stir.
- After that carrots, scallions and zucchini. Stir without the lid for 2 more minutes (or until salmon is done). In the end add cilantro and turn off heat.
- Assemble the lettuce wraps. Bottom - spread some vegan garlicky cream cheese, then the salmon filling you just made, top with some cucumbers and tomatoes if you want. Sprinkle some flax seeds, black pepper and some lemon juice.
- Then eat 🙂
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 466Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 117mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 7gSugar: 6gProtein: 43g
I hope you enjoy this light and delicious recipe and if you do make it: let me know how it goes, ask me questions, hashtag your pictures in Instagram with #beautybites, so I can find your pics and be happy again and what else? Well find a way and enjoy spring!
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