Fall may be on its way, but our hot sticky evenings are still happening. When you want something fast, filling and easy to assemble, these Lentil Ginger Lettuce Cups will do just fine.
I used my pressure cooker for part of this recipe but it isn’t required and can easily be made without any fancy appliances. This can also be made in advance and eaten cold! Yum!
Lentil Ginger Lettuce Cups
2 tbsp tamari, low sodium
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp water
1 tsp maple syrup
Combine all the sauce ingredients and set aside.
1 cup French Lentils (these are smaller lentils but not red)
1 cup low sodium broth
1 cup water
2 tsp tamari
Diced ginger and garlic – as MUCH as you want. I used 1 clove of garlic and I used about an inch of fresh ginger minced.
I added all the above to my pressure cooker and set it to Manual for 12 minutes and let pressure naturally release.
Stove Method: Make lentils according to package directions but use broth and water in place of whatever liquid measurements they give. Add ginger and garlic to the pot as well as the tamari.
Additional Ingredients for cups
Shredded or chopped carrots
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
When the lentils are done cooking in the pressure cooker and the pressure has released naturally, remove the lid and let it sit for a bit to cool.
While the lentils are cooling, on your stove (medium-high heat), take a large pan and add a thin layer of veggie broth on the bottom, add 2 cloves of chopped garlic and your sliced or shredded carrots (or use whatever veggie you like). Let these soften. I stirred a bit to prevent sticking and I also put a lid on to encourage a little steaming (I have low patience). Once I felt they were soft enough, I added the cooked lentils and the sauce. Stir to incorporate everything and cook until all the liquid has evaporated.
Scoop the lentil mixture and add to your lettuce cups.
We like this brand of lettuce cups that I found at our local grocery store.
Top with sriracha, fresh cilantro and a little lime juice.
A light dinner is served. These are also great for work lunches (pack the lentils and lettuce cups separately and assemble at work) or serve as an appetizer at your next gathering.
They look fantastic and taste even better!