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Nutty tofu lettuce wraps with peanut sauce

Nutty tofu lettuce wraps with rice and creamy peanut sauce - super light and healthy, and so delicious! Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free.

I know a lot of people find tofu a bit hit or miss – when it’s nice and crispy it can be absolutely delicious, but if it’s cooked poorly, it can be really bad, with a slightly spongy, squidgy texture. If you’ve had trouble cooking tofu in the past, this is the recipe for you – nutty tofu lettuce wraps, served with a creamy peanut sauce. It’s impossible to get wrong.

Nutty tofu lettuce wraps with rice and creamy peanut sauce - super light and healthy, and so delicious! Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free.

When you cook tofu in big slabs, it can be so easy to cook it badly. But in these lettuce wraps, the tofu is crumbled up before being cooked, so the small pieces get nice and crispy. It’s then mixed with ground peanuts and cashews, red chilli and basil, to give it a beautiful flavour and texture.

Nutty tofu lettuce wraps with rice and creamy peanut sauce - super light and healthy, and so delicious! Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free.

Serve it up in a big green lettuce leaf with some fluffy rice and a drizzle of creamy peanut sauce, and you’ve got yourself a delicious, and pretty healthy, lunch.

I’ve been struggling to think of healthy meal ideas lately (I know, it’s literally my job to think of recipe ideas, but I was struggling) – so I was excited to remember that lettuce wraps were a thing. In some contexts, it seems a bit depressing to substitute a tortilla wrap for a lettuce leaf, but actually, with these Asian flavours, a proper wrap wouldn’t have felt right anyway. The big lettuce leaves work perfectly as big spoons for the tofu, nuts and rice, and make you feel like you’ve had something a bit different.

Nutty tofu lettuce wraps with rice and creamy peanut sauce - super light and healthy, and so delicious! Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free.

Don’t forget the creamy peanut sauce! It keeps these nutty tofu lettuce wraps nice and moist – and it’s made from peanut butter, so you know it’s going to be good. Just try to resist drinking it with a straw.

Nutty tofu lettuce wraps with rice and creamy peanut sauce - super light and healthy, and so delicious! Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free.

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5 from 4 votes

Nutty tofu lettuce wraps with peanut sauce

Course: Main meal
Servings: 8 wraps
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

For the tofu mixture:

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 200 g firm tofu, crumbled (~ 1 cup when crumbled)
  • 2 tbsp cashew nuts and / or peanuts (I used half of each)
  • 1 small red chilli, seeds removed
  • Small handful fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

For the peanut sauce:

  • 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2-3 tbsp water

To assemble:

  • 80 g uncooked white rice (~ 1/3 cup)
  • ~ 8 large lettuce leaves

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan, and add the crumbled tofu. Cook over a medium heat for 5-10 minutes, until slightly dry and crispy.
  • While the tofu is cooking, add the nuts, deseeded chilli, and fresh basil to a mini food processor. Blitz to form a coarse crumb. Add this mixture to the pan with the tofu, along with a squeeze of lime juice and a dash of soy sauce. Continue to cook over a medium-low heat for another 5 minutes, until the mixture is cooked to your liking.
  • To make the peanut sauce, add the sweet chilli sauce and peanut butter to the mini food processor (no need to clean it properly after using it for the nuts), along with a dash of water. Blitz to combine, and adjust the consistency with more water if needed.
  • Boil the rice in plenty of water until cooked, then drain.
  • Serve the nutty tofu mixture with the rice, in large lettuce leaves, drizzled with the peanut sauce.

 

Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose. Information above is for 2 lettuce wraps, though I’d recommend serving up to 4 per person for a decent portion.

Got some lettuce left over? Stick it in a sandwich! I’d thoroughly recommend my tofu bacon BLTs:

 

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Danielle

Sunday 14th of January 2018

This has quickly become a family favorite recipe! It's so quick and easy and full of flavor. With the rice, tofu and nuts, it's also filling enough for dinner. I usually make a little extra sauce (and sometimes I add a little sweet Thai chili sauce and/or hoisin to stretch it) and mix the rice right in so the flavor coats everything. The leftovers are awesome for lunch the next day as a salad.

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Tuesday 16th of January 2018

Thanks so much Danielle, I'm so glad you enjoy this one! A bit of Thai sweet chilli sounds fab :)

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Tuesday 28th of March 2017

These are so great, I love tofu anyway but know this would make the perfect lunch especially with the nutty sauce to drizzle over it. This would also be a lovely idea for a bbq side dish now the sun is out!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Thursday 30th of March 2017

Love the idea of serving these with a BBQ! You've made me long for the summer now ;)

Camilla

Saturday 25th of March 2017

You had me at the peanuts, wow these look so tasty, would love to try these healthy wraps:-)

Kavey

Friday 24th of March 2017

I love lettuce wraps for Asian flavours, the crispness and freshness is so perfect. Love the look of that peanuty tofu filling too.

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Thursday 30th of March 2017

Yes perfect for when you want something light and fresh for lunch but want something a bit more interesting than a plain old salad!

Jaxx The Bearded Hiker

Wednesday 8th of March 2017

Gonna have to try this one Becca! Looks delicious!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Monday 20th of March 2017

Thanks Jaxx, enjoy! :)

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