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Thai Red Curry Pork and Quinoa Lettuce Cups
with green smoothie

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Our community members loved the fresh feel and super fast preparation when we last featured a version of these lettuce cups in 2019.

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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
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
Thai Red Curry Pork Lettuce Cups:
  • Ginger - 1 tsp, grated
  • Red curry paste - 1 Tbsp (sub green or yellow curry paste)
  • Tamari - 2 Tbsp
  • Water - 2 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 2 tsp
  • Lettuce, Bibb or Boston leaf - 12 leaves (sub romaine or iceberg)
  • Mint, fresh (opt) - 6 leaves, thinly sliced
  • Limes - 1/2, wedges
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Pork, ground - 1 lb
  • Peanuts - 1/4 cup
  • Hot sauce (opt) - for serving
Quinoa:
  • Quinoa, uncooked - 3/4 cup
  • Stock, any type - 1 1/2 cups

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Prep

  1. Quinoa - (Skip if made ahead for Monday.) 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, Tamari, water (portion for lettuce cups), and brown sugar. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  4. Lettuce / Mint (if using) / 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.

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Make

  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 (if using), lime wedges, peanuts, and hot sauce.

  5. Fill lettuce cups at the table. Enjoy with smoothie on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (39)
Gluten-free (1)
Paleo (1)
Vegetarian (9)

17 reviews

Used couscous instead of quinoa because one kid won't eat quinoa. Had a lot of romaine, so used that - but I think the butter lettuce would be better. Everyone liked the smoothies. We had a peach that was probably going to be bad the next day, so we added that in.

By: Jennifer
Posted: Sep 26, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We liked this. Next time I'd use a spicier curry, mine was pretty mild. Used rice instead of quinoa. We used romaine which was fine, but a rounder lettuce would probably work better.

By: Barbie
Posted: Sep 18, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Lettuce cups were great - even the kids ate them. No one cared for the smoothies.

By: Stacey
Posted: Sep 16, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We enjoyed this meal, eating in salad cups was fun, and everyone tailored them to their taste. We skipped the mint and hot sauce. It was very easy and quick to throw together, maximum results for minimum effort, and made a nice change from what we usually have. It's also a good way to use quinoa which can be bland by itself. The smoothie was very refreshing, with a kick of ginger to it, I felt healthy drinking it.

By: Estelle
Posted: Sep 03, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Didn't make the smoothie. The lettuce cups were good. Added extra curry because we like the heat.

By: Alana
Posted: Sep 01, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

These were so quick and easy and delicious but not filling at all. I ate two servings without blinking.

By: Caitlin
Posted: Aug 30, 2022
Diet: Vegetarian
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