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Thai Red Curry Pork and Quinoa Lettuce Cups
with green smoothie

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min

Our community members loved the fresh feel and super fast preparation when we last featured a version of these lettuce cups in 2017.



Red Curry Pork and Quinoa Lettuce Cups:
  • Quinoa, uncooked - 3/4 cup
  • Stock, any type - 1 1/2 cups
  • Ginger - 1 tsp, grated
  • Red curry paste - 1 Tbsp (sub green or yellow curry paste)
  • Soy sauce, low-sodium - 2 Tbsp
  • Water - 2 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 2 tsp
  • Lettuce, Bibb or Boston leaf - 12 leaves (sub romaine or iceberg)
  • Mint - 6 leaves, thinly sliced
  • Limes - 1/2, wedges
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Pork, ground - 1 lb
  • Peanuts - 1/4 cup
  • Hot sauce of choice (opt) - for serving
Green Smoothie with Mango and Spinach:
  • Ginger - 1 tsp, grated
  • Mango, frozen cubes - 12 oz
  • Baby spinach - 3 oz
  • Lime juice - 1/2 tsp
  • Water - 3/4 cup

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Quinoa - (Skip if made ahead for Tuesday.) Combine quinoa with stock in a saucepan. Add some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Ginger (for lettuce cups and smoothie) - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Make sauce - Combine ginger (portion for lettuce cups), curry paste, soy sauce, water (portion for lettuce cups), and brown sugar. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Lettuce / Mint / Limes - Prep as directed.
  5. Make smoothie - Combine ginger (portion for smoothie), mango, spinach, lime juice, and water (portion for smoothie) in a blender. Blend until smooth, adding a bit more water if needed.


  1. Heat a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and then pork. Saute pork to get it started cooking (but not cooked through), ~4 minutes. Drain excess grease out of the pan.
  2. Pour sauce over pork and bring to a simmer. Simmer until sauce has reduced slightly and pork is finished cooking, ~2 minutes more.
  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in quinoa. Taste and season with some salt, if needed.
  4. Set out lettuce cup ingredients - pork, lettuce leaves, mint, lime wedges, peanuts, and hot sauce.
  5. Fill lettuce cups at the table. Enjoy with smoothie on the side.

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This meal has 29 reviews

We love lettuce cups

By: Sara
Posted: Dec 10, 2019
Diet: Original

Easy and very good

By: Erin
Posted: Nov 10, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

Good quick weeknight dish! One had it on top of rice, one wrapped in tortilla/pita, one ate as is. Everyone liked the mint! . Use butterhead lettuce yum. Did not do smoothie, will need to try that & need to try veggie version!

By: Jessie
Posted: Nov 02, 2019
Diet: Paleo

Made with ground chicken in lieu of pork ( we don’t eat beef or pork). Was delicious. My 2,4, and 6 yo all ate it. I gave the littles the option of a tortilla or lettuce cup. Worked well! And the smoothie was a perfect compliment! Will defiantly I add to the regular rotation!

By: Emily
Posted: Oct 15, 2019
Diet: Original


By: Elizabeth
Posted: Oct 09, 2019
Diet: Original

This was a really delicious quick meal! I loved the flavor and I’ll definitely make these again.

By: Melissa
Posted: Oct 05, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian