It may still be the middle of winter here in Australia but over the weekend it sure didn’t feel like it. We were welcomed with a warm sunny Saturday morning; almost like summer. It must be this that inspired me to make something simple, fresh and crunchy despite the winter chill that has returned today.
It’s a very simple, super quick and healthy recipe perfect for a light meal or something good to share with a couple of friends in the sunshine. I used a combination of purple and your usual orange carrot here, which works for lovely contrast. Try just carrot or even beetroot if you can’t find those lovely purple ones.
These little lettuce wraps are just right for a healthy light meal or serve them up as a snack or starter at your next barbeque or picnic. A colourful and fun way to enjoy your veggies!!
Preparation time: 10minutes
Serves 2 (light meal) 4 (snack/starter)
- 2 carrots, coarsely grated (or try 1 one carrot and 1 small beetroot)
- 1 zucchini, coarsely grated
- 1 chilli, seeded and diced (optional)
- 1 cos lettuce, leaves separated and washed
- ¼ cup raw peanuts, dry roasted & coarsely chopped or smashed
- 1-2 tsp fresh grated ginger (to taste)
- 1-2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbs light soy sauce
- 1 lime, juice
- 2 tsp palm sugar, grated
- 100g spicy marinated tofu, shredded
- Small handful Thai basil leaves
- oil for deep-frying
Combine the grated vegetables, diced chilli if using and peanuts in a large bowl.
Whisk or shake together in a jar the grated ginger, sesame oil, soy sauce, lime juice and palm sugar until combined. Toss the dressing through the grated vegetables and peanuts until well combined.
Heat about 2cm of oil in a small frying pan over a medium/high heat until the surface begins to shimmer. Drop in the basil leaves and fry quickly for a few seconds, remove and lay on absorbent paper.
To serve arrange the lettuce leaves on a platter top with dressed grated vegetables, shredded tofu and a few deep fried basil leaves.
Alternatively lay out the ingredients and allow everyone to assemble their own.
Great healthy and simple finger food best enjoyed outside in the sunshine!
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