Quick and Easy Lettuce Cups

Ingredients list:

-          Enough large-leaf lettuce for several cups ( I like Cos or Iceberg)

-          1 large orange kumara

-          Smoked paprika

-          Garlic powder (optional)

-          500g lamb mince

-          ½ brown onion (finely diced)

-          Tbsp Moroccan/lamb spices

-          Tbsp tomato puree

-          ¼ cup raisins

-          125g pottle of natural yogurt

-          Small bunch of mint

-          Zest and juice of 1 lemon

 

Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a tray with cooking paper. Boil the jug.

Dice the kumara 2cm (I leave the skin on for extra fibre but you can remove it if you prefer). Mix the kumara in a bowl with a tablespoon of oil and a generous sprinkle of smoked paprika and garlic powder. Cook for 30mins in the oven, turning once during cooking.

In a small bowl place the raisins and cover with boiling water to soften for 15mins.

In a medium-hot frypan add a dash of oil and the diced onion, cooking for 2 mins or until soft. Add the lamb mince and cook for a while until browned, then add the tomato puree and Moroccan spice mix or any medium-spiced lamb mix.  Add half the zest and juice of the lemon. Drain the raisins and add to the frypan. Stir altogether and cook to your liking or until lamb is brown and mix is fragrant.

To make the mint yogurt, add the yogurt and remaining lemon zest and juice to a small bowl. Finely chop the mint bunch and add to the bowl, mix to combine.

 

To assemble:

Place a couple of lettuce ‘cups’ on your plate and add a portion of lamb mix with some of the cooked kumara. Top with a couple of dollops of the mint yogurt and enjoy! No cutlery necessary!

 

Variations:

You really can use any mince you like here, we have used turkey mince and pork mince in the past, just alter the flavours slightly to suit.

We have used brown rice in the bottom of the lettuce cups instead of the kumara.

Feel free to add more veges such as capsicum or cucumber matchsticks – we just used what we had on hand.

This recipe feeds four, or a couple with enough spare for lunches the next day. It’s a great nutritious weeknight recipe that is pretty quick to make. Good for busy working people!

Let me know if you try these.

 

Recipe courtesy of my wife who is a genius at whipping up great meals with a few ingredients we have on hand.