Thai Red Curry Lentil and Quinoa Lettuce Cups
with green smoothie
- Ginger - 1 tsp, grated
- Mango, frozen cubes - 12 oz
- Baby spinach - 3 oz
- Lime juice - 1/2 tsp
- Water - 3/4 cup
- 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, fresh (opt) - 6 leaves, thinly sliced
- Limes - 1/2, wedges
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Lentils, cooked - 2 cups (look for vacuum-packed or canned and drained)
- Peanuts - 1/4 cup
- Hot sauce (opt) - for serving
- Quinoa, uncooked - 3/4 cup
- Stock, any type - 1 1/2 cups
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)
Ginger (for lettuce cups and smoothie) - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
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)
Lettuce / Mint (if using) / Limes - Prep as directed.
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.
Pour sauce over lentils and bring to a simmer. Simmer until sauce has reduced slightly, ~3 minutes more.
Remove pan from heat and stir in quinoa. Taste and season with some salt, if needed.
Set out lettuce cup ingredients - lentils, lettuce leaves, mint (if using), lime wedges, peanuts, and hot sauce.
Fill lettuce cups at the table. Enjoy with smoothie on the side.
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.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.0 Helpful
Lettuce cups were great - even the kids ate them. No one cared for the smoothies.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.0 Helpful
Didn't make the smoothie. The lettuce cups were good. Added extra curry because we like the heat.0 Helpful
These were so quick and easy and delicious but not filling at all. I ate two servings without blinking.0 Helpful