Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

I am obsessed with Lettuce Wraps! I think it is the ultimate light fresh meal. Typically the filling is cooked and hot, but it being so warm out I wanted a nice cooling easy no-cook meal.

I have always loved the ones at Gobo and also at Wild Ginger. I thought it was about time I made my own 🙂 I am so happy I did, loved this meal!

What is your favorite lettuce wrap recipe? I want to try out some more variations!!

Tofu Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

2 blocks extra-firm tofu, diced
4 carrots, grated
4 stalks boy choy, shredded
1 sweet onions, grated or diced
2 red bell peppers, diced
1 cucumbers, peeled and grated
4 tablespoons mint, chopped
3 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
4 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
3 inches ginger, peeled and grated
2 jalapenos, diced
1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
24 large boston bib lettuce leaves, washed and patted dried
24 peanuts, chopped

  1. In a bow, combine tofu, carrots, bok choy, onion, pepper, cucumber and mint.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oils, lime juice, rice wine vinegar, ginger, jalapeno, and salt.
  3. Add tofu and veggies to the peanut sauce and toss.
  4. Serve on lettuce leaves garnished with peanuts.

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Kelp Noodles & Veggies in Peanut Sauce

Kelp Noodles are AWESOME! They are just seaweed yet you can eat them like noodles! Love it 🙂 They would go great with many different sauces. Have fun and experiment with them. They come out of the package a little crunchy. But after you rinse them and mix them with a sauce (containing some citrus or vinegar) they soften up and are super yummy!

I can never get enough ‘Peanut Sauce’ haha so I had to give this one a try. YUM! And with the grated daikon and carrot it was the perfect meal. I put the bowl in the Dehydrator for 30 minutes and it was great to have a slightly warmed meal.

Right out of the package they need a little help. But afterwards they were so good!

Kelp Noodles & Veggies in Peanut Sauce
Adapted from The Sunny Raw Kitchen

1 package kelp noodles

‘Peanut’ Sauce
3 tbs almond butter
2 tbs tahini
2 garlic cloves
2 1/2 tbs lime juice
1 tbs tamari
1 tbs raw sesame or coconut oil
1 tbs olive oil
1/2 tbs grated fresh ginger root
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 – 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (depending on how hot you like it)
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbs agave
1/4 cup water

Blend until smooth. If necessary, add more water until desired consistency is reached.

Veggies
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup grated daikon

Place rinsed noodles and veggies in a large bowl. Toss with desired amount of Peanut Sauce. Let sit on the counter or in the Dehydrator for 30 minutes before serving.

Lettuce Wraps with Almond Butter Sauce

This was such a super fast and deelish meal! The sauce is perfect and very similar to a Thai Peanut Sauce. It is nutty, tangy and sweet! YUM! If you keep the veggies cut and ready to go this makes a snack in seconds! The sauce is also perfect to dip crudite in.

Almond Butter Sauce

Lettuce Wraps with Almond Butter Sauce

Lettuce Wraps

  • Boston Lettuce
  • Jicama, julienned or shredded
  • Carrots, julienned or shredded
  • Cucumber, julienned or shredded
  • Almond Butter Sauce

Place lettuce leaves and stack the Jicama, cucumbers and carrots in them. Drizzle almond butter sauce on top. Enjoy!
Almond Butter Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Almond butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 ounce chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp Curry powder
  • 4 T Almond or any non-dairy milk
  • 4 tsp Lime juice
  • 2 tsp Agave
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Blend or process all the ingredients until smooth.

Raw Zucchini Noodles and ‘Peanut’ Sauce II

I haven’t pulled out the spiralizer in a long time! During the raw part of the cleanse I was inspired to break it back out. YUM! I missed these zucchini noodles, so perfect, light and tasty! I love Peanut Sauce sooo much but when I make it at home I normally make it with Almond Butter so it is much healthier for us. Still comes out soo amazing 🙂

See these recipes for more inspiration on making Zucchini Noodles: Fig Fennel Pasta, Amazing Raw “Peanut” Sauce and Zucchini Noodles, Raw Sweet & Spicy Sesame Noodles, Lemon Basil Pesto & Raw Zucchini Pasta, and Raw Zucchini Noodles with Pesto and Sun-dried Tomatoes.

Raw Zucchini Noodles and ‘Peanut’ Sauce II

1/3 cup almond butter
2 garlic clove, minced
juice of 1 lime
3 Tablespoons agave nectar
3 Tablespoons Nama Shoyu
3 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

In a blender puree together almond butter, garlic, lime juice, agave nectar, Nama Shoyu, water, ginger, red pepper flakes and sea salt until mixture is smooth. If needed add more water one tablespoon at a time to reach a desired consistency.

Mixed Veggies with Peanut Sauce (slow cooker style)

Yum! Peanut Sauce and Veggies – what could be bad?!?! As you know I often use the slow cooker because it is so easy and mostly comes out delicious! This was a great example of a perfect meal that could not have been easier! I usually use the slow cooker on Sundays. In the morning I prep and set in the slow cooker and then go on with our day. When we come home we have a deelish and easy meal with minimal clean-up. What could be better for a relaxing Sunday!?!

Mixed Veggies with Peanut Sauce (slow cooker style)

1 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, chopped
6 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp ginger, minced
2 tbsp garlic, minced
1/2 tsp fresh pepper
1 cup vegetable stock
3 cups frozen sliced green beans
1 bunch of broccoli, cut into florets and chopped, peeled stems
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
2 tbsp tamari
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp red curry paste
1/2 cup scallions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped peanuts or cashews

broad rice noodles – cooked

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet or slow cooker insert and add onions and carrots and cook will softened. Add ginger, garlic and pepper, stirring for 1 minute. Transfer to a slowcooker insert or place insert in slowcooker. Add veggie stock and stir well.
  2. Add green beans and broccoli and stir well. Cover and cook for 6 hour on low or 3 hours on high, until tender,
  3. In a bowl, whisk together peanut butter, tamari, lemon juice, maple syrup and red curry paste until blended. Add to slow cooker and stir. Cover and cook for 10 more minutes until heated through.
  4. Serve on top of rice noodles garnished with scallions and peanuts or cashews.

Spinach and Tofu with Peanut Sauce

YUM!!! I love peanut sauce, tofu and spinach so what can be bad here?!?! You can serve this over rice or noodles as there is more than enough sauce to go around. What a deelish dinner!

Spinach and Tofu with Peanut Sauce
adapted from Vegan Feast Kitchen

Quick peanut sauce:

1/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup veggie broth
1/2 cup plain soymilk or nut milk
2 Tbs coconut powder
2 Tbs sweet Thai chile sauce
1 Tbs lemon or 2 Tbs lime juice
1 Tbs tamari

Whisk all ingredients in a small saucepan and heat gently.

The rest:

Cube 1 block of  firm tofu and brown it quickly in a nonstick skillet in 1 Tbs. peanut oil

Add the peanut sauce mixed with:
1 tsp. roasted (Asian) sesame oil
a few shakes of Thai or Vietnamese hot sauce

Stir this around the pan until the tofu almost absorbs it.

Add 12 oz. of fresh, cleaned baby spinach.

Stir around over high heat JUST until the spinach wilts. Serve immediately and ENJOY 🙂

Cold Sesame Noodles

I was always obsessed with Cold Sesame Noodles from Chinese restaurants. If there is one food that I remember loving from my childhood, it is this one. And although I occasionally indulge in it now, we rarely order it in.  We ordered some recently from Vegetarian Paradise 2, so yummy! I love this place but since it basically is just vegan chinese food, we almost never treat ourselves to it.  After having that small taste, a couple of days later I was hankering for more. I chose to whip some up for myself and I was pleasantly surprised by how deelish it came out!

Before Mixing

After Mixing - don't they look so authentic!?!?!

Cold Sesame Noodles

3 tablespoons tamari
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
A squeeze of Sriracha
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1/2 cup water
1 pound spaghetti

In a pan combine the soy sauce, vinegar, Sriracha, brown sugar, peanut butter, oil, ginger, and water. Simmer the mixture while stirring until thickened and combined, only a few minutes. Cook the noodles and drain. Toss with the sauce and chill until it reaches your desired temperature or if you just can’t wait any longer. if you want it traditional add chopped scallion and cucumber strips

YUM!!

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