For the past month or so, I’ve tried really hard to eat healthy. In the past I’ve eaten a paleo diet off and on. I always get stuck on what to pack for lunch that is portable, healthy, AND my kids will actually eat. After a bit of trial and error, we found a way of making lettuce wraps that everyone loves (or at least eats).
You could use any type of lettuce you’d like, but I’ve found that romaine holds up the best. Cut the thick part of the stem from the middle of the leaf to make it easier to roll.
My favorite filling is lunch meat and avocado! Just check for nitrate-free lunch meat when you’re shopping. Surprisingly, I’ve found nitrate-free lunch meat at Wal-Mart, Aldi’s, and Price Chopper.
I was very pleased to find it in all my local stores! Each of the boys have a difference preference on filling, so we’ve tried just about everything at this point. As long as you wrap the lettuce tightly messy chicken and tuna salad filling even stay nicely tucked in.
On the big outer leaves, I like to roll from the top edge down. On the smaller inner leaves, it works better to wrap the other way.
Secure your wraps with a toothpick! Just be forewarned that little boys will quickly turn toothpicks into weapons.
Lettuce wraps all ready for a picnic! I’ve transported them in tupperware and in sandwich bags. Both work great.
We took them to the beach and my super picky 2 year old happily gobbled up his lunch. This is a definite staple for summer lunches or dinners in our house!