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Rock the Rolls: Lettuce Wraps, Stuffed Cabbage and More

By Carolyn Malcoun, August 27, 2014 - 9:23am

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While you may not follow a Paleo or gluten-free diet, here’s a takeaway from both that will help get more veggies into your diet: use vegetables to wrap up your meal.

Bread, wraps and tortillas may be the first things you think of to “contain” sandwiches, tacos and more, but lettuce, dark leafy greens and cabbage do the trick just as well.

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Lettuce for Lunch Wraps
Different types of lettuce work best for different purposes. For instance, tender Boston lettuce leaves hold a delicately spiced Asian filling in our Five-Spice & Turkey Lettuce Wraps. If you’re vegetarian you could try our Vietnamese Tofu-Noodle Lettuce Wraps.

Sturdier romaine leaves work great for layering your favorite sandwich ingredients for a crunchy alternative to bread.

Dark Leafy Greens for Cooked Meals
Dark leafy greens like chard, kale and collards are perfect for wrapping up your dinner. You can stuff them just like cabbage, as in Stuffed Chard with Fresh Marinara. Or use lightly steamed leaves in place of nori sheets to make sushi rolls.

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Cabbage for Wraps and Shells
While stuffed cabbage may be a no-brainer, cabbage leaves also make a perfectly sturdy and crunchy taco shell, as in these Korean-Style Beef & Cabbage Tacos.

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TAGS: Carolyn Malcoun, Food Blog, Healthy Cooking Blog, Cooking tips, Dinner, Eating green, Family meals, Good choices

Carolyn Malcoun
A graduate of New England Culinary Institute and University of Wisconsin with a degree in journalism, Carolyn pairs her long-standing love for food with writing as EatingWell's senior food editor. Carolyn’s culinary interest is rooted in her childhood; she grew up making thousands of Christmas cookies every year with her mom and picking leaves off bunches of parsley to make tabbouleh with her dad. Away from the kitchen, Carolyn enjoys seeking out rare craft beers and exploring the outdoors with her husband, young daughter and dog.

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