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Pork and Mushroom Lettuce Cups
with spicy cashew sauce / pineapple coconut smoothie

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min

Lettuce cups make a quick, light dinner. The filling of this pork and mushroom version is seasoned with a spicy cashew sauce. Serve with naturally sweetened tropical smoothies on the side!

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Pork and Mushroom Lettuce Cups:
  • Mushrooms, white or brown button - 8 oz, chopped
  • Lettuce, iceburg - 8 leaves
  • Peas and carrots, frozen - 1 1/2 cups
  • Pork, ground - 1 lb
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 1 Tbsp
Spicy Cashew Sauce:
  • Stock, any type (sub water) - 1/4 cup
  • Cashew butter (sub any nut butter) - 4 Tbsp
  • Bragg's / coconut aminos - 3 Tbsp
  • Oil, toasted sesame - 2 tsp
  • Chili garlic sauce (sub hot sauce of choice) - 2 tsp
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 tsp
Pineapple Coconut Smoothie:
  • Coconut milk, light (14 oz / 397 g can) - 1 can
  • Pineapple cubes, fresh or frozen (sub any tropical fruit like mango or papaya) - 3 cups
  • Bananas - 2
  • Ice cubes (omit if using frozen fruit) - 2 cups

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Make cashew sauce - Combine stock, cashew butter, aminos, toasted sesame oil, chili garlic sauce and vinegar. Season to taste with salt, pepper, a bit more chili garlic sauce if you'd like. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Mushrooms / Lettuce - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Make smoothie - Combine coconut milk, pineapple, bananas and ice in a blender (rinse it out first if used to make peanut sauce) and blend until smooth.

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Make

  1. Heat a saute pan or a wok over medium-high heat. Add first part of cooking oil and then mushrooms to hot oil. Saute until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add frozen peas and carrots and saute until any excess water cooks off and veggies are hot, about 2 minutes more. Set vegetables aside and return pan to heat.
  2. Add second part of oil and pork to hot pan. Season with salt and pepper and saute pork until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Move pork to othe sides of the pan, creating a donut in the middle. To the center of the donut, add cashew sauce. When it begins to simmer, add vegetables back to the pan. Stir to combine all ingredients.
  3. Spoon filling into lettuce leaves and serve with smoothie on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (73)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (28)
Vegetarian (14)

51 reviews

Just cut the lettuce and made a salad instead of using it like cups. Loved the spicy cashew sauce.

By: Sundi
Posted: Mar 21, 2017
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

I didn't like the peanut sauce.

By: Amanda
Posted: Jan 23, 2017
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Substitute tofu for chicken.

By: Stacey
Posted: Apr 27, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

It was good, but I think if I were to make it again I'd use less peanut butter.

By: Rebecca
Posted: Apr 01, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I liked it, but thought it could use less peanut butter and more spice.

By: Kate
Posted: Mar 31, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I liked the peanut sauce and the smoothie, but somehow this didn't come together for me.

By: Jenna
Posted: Mar 27, 2016
Diet: Original
0 Helpful