“Let Us” Roll Ups Revisited

2 Jul


Since I moved my blog over from Toddler Café to Playful Pantry I haven’t posted any recipes from my book. This is for all of you who never saw this crunchy delicious one it is one of my favorites so I am resurrecting it.  This is our go to meal for summer, you can add any veggies you desire,  it’s great for kids and adults love it too!  Stay cool and eat well!

Getting kids to eat raw vegetables can be a real struggle but this one may turn your kids around. This dish has crisp crunch and texture from healthy vegetables! The sauce binds the meat together so it stays put in the lettuce leaf. Give your child the smaller inside leaves so they will be easier for little hands to manage.

Make sure you break up the meat as small as you can to make it easy to eat. Have them fill the lettuce boats with the tasty “cargo” and sail them into the port (mouth). Try to be a shark and bite the boat as you sail it by their mouths.

“Let Us” Roll Up

Makes 4 servings

1 head romaine lettuce hearts, separated washed and dried

1 pound ground chicken, beef or turkey

1 medium carrot minced or grated 3/4 cup chopped or 3 ounces

1 cup broccoli crowns and stems, minced, 3/4 cup chopped or 3 ounces

Sauce

3 tablespoons soy sauce

4 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon granulated onion

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (optional)

Chopped Peanuts or Cashews for sprinkling (optional)

Put sauce ingredients in a small bowl stir to combine and break up lumps with a fork, set aside.

Heat a large sauté pan or wok on medium high heat. Add meat and cook untouched until meat looks like it is cooking underneath and juices start release. Chop the meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks, when meat is almost cooked through add vegetables. Continue stirring and breaking up lumps until meat is thoroughly cooked, if the meat is giving off a lot of grease drain it before adding sauce. Turn heat down to medium low, give the sauce a stir and add it to the center of the pan. Mix well cook 2 minutes more, continuing to break up any large chunks of meat and coating with sauce.

Serve meat and lettuce leaves separately on a plate, have your child try to put the meat in the leaves with a spoon sprinkle with nuts and eat like a taco.

Variation:

Mix cooked rice into meat mixture to change it up.

Next time add minced onion or garlic when you add the vegetables. This will get your kids used to new flavors without them seeing the identifiable chunks.

 This recipe can be made gluten free easily by substituting the Soy for GF Tamari.
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