Spicy Minced Pork Lettuce Cups


Ok so admittedly this is a recipe from a free Slimfast recipe book I recently picked up, but it was really good so I’m sharing it!

Now, the recipe claims to serve 2, but when I made it, there was enough for 3 enormous portions, or 4 regular portions (and I love a big portion). I don’t know if they were expecting me to use smaller carrots and peppers, but it’s a huge amount! Also the calorie count checks out, so if, like me, you can’t possibly eat half of it, then it’s a fairly low-calorie meal.

I also found that the seasoning was a tiny bit bland so I always end up adding a little more chilli or soy sauce than suggested, but that’s something you can adjust as you go.

And finally, I have always pooh-poohed lettuce cups as they seem so unfulfilling, but these left me feeling stuffed and full for hours, so are great for a proper big dinner where you feel full but with hardly any carbs (must be all that protein!).

Here it is:

(Claims to serve 2, but I think serves 3-4 people – Per half the total amount: 583 calories)

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced (I used 4 cos I love loads of garlic)
  • Small piece of fresh ginger, chopped or grated
  • 1 red chilli (more or less depending on your spice preferences)
  • 1 small red onion
  • 500g minced pork (lean)
  • 2 red peppers, chopped into small cubes
  • 2 carrots, chopped into small cubes
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 little gem lettuce
  • 25g salted peanuts
  • handful of mint and coriander, chopped
  • 2 spring onions, chopped

Steps:

  1. Heat the sesame oil in a large pan or wok, and fry the ginger, garlic, onion, and chilli for 3-4 mins.
  2. Add in the pork, carrots and peppers, and break down the pork until it is browned and there are no large lumps. Put a lid over it and simmer covered for approx 10 mins until the vegetables are getting soft.
  3. Add the honey, fish sauce, lime juice and soy sauce and mix well. Continue cooking uncovered for another 2-3 mins until the veggies are soft and the liquid has reduced a bit.
  4. Separate out the lettuce leaves and arrange on the plates.
  5. Stir the mint and coriander through the pork mixture and spoon into the lettuce cups. Sprinkle the peanuts and spring onions over the top, (and if you like you can also sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds for more flavour).

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