Tofu & Cashew Lettuce Cups

Tofu & Cashew Lettuce Cups

Many of you know I had an interview on ABC7 Chicago television this week.  On the show, I promoted Healthy New Year Food Resolutions and prepared two recipes. It was a fun opportunity to get the word out about easy, tasty, & healthy eating!  Here’s a link to that segment: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=resources/lifestyle_community/food/recipes&id=8946258

The first recipe I prepared is already a Myplate2yours favorite, Lentil Portobello Marinara.  The second is new, but one that my family and I have enjoyed many times: Tofu & Cashew Lettuce Cups.  It really only takes a few minutes to prepare and with the help of using already shredded carrots, minced garlic and ginger, the finished dish is on your table in no time!

Tofu & Cashew Lettuce Cups  (serves 4-6)

2 tablespoons canola oil

14 ounce package firm tofu; drained and cut into 1 inch squares

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon grated ginger

1 bunch scallions, trimmed and sliced

½ cup shredded carrots

1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts; drained and chopped

1/3 cup roasted, unsalted cashews; chopped

2 cups cooked brown rice

1 small head of Boston or Bibb lettuce, leaves separated

Sauce:  ¼ cup soy sauce, ¼ C honey, 1 tablespoon Asian chili sauce

Combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl.  Set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat.  Cook garlic and ginger until golden and fragrant, 1 minute.  Add tofu, stirring occasionally until browning begins, about 3 minutes.  Add the scallions and carrots and cook for 1 minute.  Stir in water chestnuts and soy sauce mixture.  Cook until heated through, about 2-3 minutes (if needed, thicken with 2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons cool water).  Remove from heat and add cashews.

Divide the rice among the individual lettuce leaves. Repeat with tofu mixture.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

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12 responses

  1. Wow Lynn, did not realize we had a celebrity in our midst while I was on vacation, congratulations !! Plus another few recipes to add to Alisons vegetarian menu ….. thank you sooo much.

  2. You did SUCH a great job!! I wish I had known to watch it live, but am thankful you posted the link 🙂 I’m going to be making those lettuce wraps asap!

  3. Lynn, I totally missed the part about you being on TV. OUTSTANDING!!! I know that you did great and hope there are many more of those opportunities in the future. Love you, Nancy

  4. Hi Lynn,

    I watched your video and you did a terrific job! Congratulations on being on the show! You did a wonderful job explaining and cooking the recipes!

    See you this afternoon! Can’t wait to try your appetizer!

    Thanks,

    Laura

    Sent from my iPhone

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