Tempeh & Stir Fried Vegetable Lettuce Wraps
Spice Level: 🌶️🌶️
A childhood treat when I was young would be when my parents took me to this hole in the wall Chinese restaurant open 24 hours, way past my bedtime after 9pm they would have the late night specials. Lettuce wraps were always at the top of my list, the crunch of iceberg lettuce with its savoury filling and chili oil I could eat the entire plate to myself.
Follow timing on MANNA package, this time varies by +/- 3 minutes depending on the level of your simmer and how cold your fridge is. You want to ensure that the internal food temperature reaches about 165°F/74°C, piping hot. Carefully cut open bag with filling and transfer into a bowl, serve with lettuce on the side and build to your liking! I always love adding some sriracha or chili oil for added heat.
This dish is rich in protein, fibre, vitamins (B complex, C, K). Iceberg lettuce, most well-known as a base for salads, is an excellent substitute for buns and wraps and contains fibre, and vitamins A & K. Adding tempeh to this recipe adds probiotics that help increase beneficial bacteria in the intestines.
Protein: Tempeh, fermented soy, provides all the essential amino acids allowing the body to form proteins necessary for growth and development.
Fibre: Vegetables in this dish (tempeh, cabbage, carrot, celery, onion, red pepper, bamboo shoot, and lettuce) provide fibre that feeds friendly bacteria in the digestive tract. helping to maintain larger populations.
Vitamin B Complex: B vitamins are building blocks for a healthy body and help turn other nutrients into energy, and maintain a healthy metabolism. Red pepper is rich in B vitamins, especially B6 which may help with improving mood and brain health.
Vitamin C: Vitamin C helps prevent damage to cells and helps absorb iron in the intestine. Bell peppers and cabbage have some of the highest levels of Vitamin C.
Vitamin K: Key to helping regulate the body’s inflammatory process, many vegetables in this dish (cabbage, carrots, celery, cilantro) provide excellent sources of vitamin K.