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Low Carb Wraps/Keto Lettuce Wraps for a quick and easy meal.
First, Let's Talk about Low Carb Wraps
We make lettuce wraps pretty often and whenever we want to go out to lunch, we typically sub the breads for lettuce. In fact, we don't even get the "you're crazy" look anymore when we ask.
A couple of us have celiac disease so we need only say that magic word and suddenly it's okay to ask for no bread.
Not only that, but times are changing and the information is out there that too many unhealthy carbs is just not great for anyone.
So, more and more people are decreasing their carbs and restaurants and food companies are starting to supply our demands.
If you are looking for low carb wraps that are more like a tortilla, look no further than our recent recipe post for low carb tortillas. They're fantastic! However, this time, we chose lettuce for our keto wraps.
Drove Miles for Gluten Free
I can remember when I had to drive a ways to find a store that had gluten free and then I had to go home and make our bread in a breadmaker. That machine was working almost round the clock.
I'm glad there are more convenient options and tons of recipe ideas out there now. It definitely makes our lives so much easier!
Making the Low Carb Wraps
Let's talk now about making these super easy wraps. I never quite got the hand of wrapping until recently.
If you want a wrap that's more complete, you can use iceberg lettuce since the leaves are more round and larger and easier to roll in my opinion.
However, on this day, all we had was romaine so we went with it.
Of course, we began by gathering up our ingredients and utensils. We washed and dried the lettuce and tomato. Measured out our cheese and mayo and got started.
The Secret Ingredient : The Mayo/Dressing
A quick word on the mayo we used. I like the Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayo. It has less than 1 gram of carbs per tablespoon and does not contain any GMO ingredients.
It has a great flavor is really what makes this easy keto wrap so special.
For this recipe, we needed chicken. You can use a precooked rotisserie chicken from a reputable store (that preferably has organic meats and doesn't fill it with chemicals in the cooking process)
We had cooked the night before on the grill. My husband is a great cook and he almost always grills on weekends.
We always make the best use of our leftovers because it really does help us save money!
Cheese or Non-Dairy Sub
Some of us don't do so well with regular cheese. Daiya makes a pretty good substitute product but it does have some carbs so if you are following a strict keto diet plan then you would want to make sure you use the full fat real cheese in this recipe.
I just went ahead and started chopping up some of this great chicken. Then of course, I cut up the tomato into small squares as well as diced up my bacon into bits.
Combine and Mix
If you couldn't have guessed it, we added in the other ingredients and mixed it all up in the large bowl. You can use real bacon bits or cook your own organic bacon to a nice crispy texture and then break it up into bits yourself. (this is our preferred way to do it)
Stuffing the Romaine
Okay now you can have some fun stuffing as much as you possibly can into your romaine leaves without ending up with a big fat mess. Whenever I take keto wraps like these made with lettuce to work, everyone comments on how good they look.
Typically, we are in a a hurry and just plop one leaf on top of another and stuff it into a baggie then we use the baggie as a way to eat it more neatly.
I hold the baggie and just push up the low carb wrap only enough for me to take a bite and the rest stays neatly in the baggie.
Have you ever watched someone at like Jimmy John's expertly roll and then warp it in paper about half way up the wrap? My baggie stuffing is kind of like that but not nearly as perfect or pretty-just the same effect for neatness.
The other option is putting them in a container and using a fork (but then I feel like, isn't that just a salad though?)
If you Don't Like Tomato
I am not a huge tomato fan but show them here because my family does and I know most people love them. Not to mention the fact that tomatoes are packed with nutrition and add such beautiful color.
Being sensitive to nightshades, I just added a little red cabbage to my own wrap.
Favorite Recipe Sources
One of our favorite sites to turn to for low carb eating (besides this one of course) is LowCarbYum. They have such a large and delicious collection that you can literally find just about any dish in a low carb version.
We typically have to modify our recipes a little more to exclude dairy or soy but that's not too hard. Almond and coconut milks and creams are readily available.
And Here They Are!
So, there you have it. See? Keeping things super simple is not difficult when on a keto diet plan. We recently posted a couple other easy keto recipes with this in mind.
We know that time is short and shopping for special ingredients is not always possible. Honestly, on a typical day we are eating very simply and bake desserts and fancier appetizers or sides on weekends or special occasions.
For most of us it is this day to day time crunch that keeps us from reaching our goals right?
I tend to fall apart if I am not prepared with a plan and few healthy keto snacks stashed for emergencies.
When you have days that are higher stress, you may notice you have a more difficult time keeping the blood sugar stabilized and therefore start craving quick fuels.
Let's have several quick and easy "normal" meal ideas in our pockets so we can all reach our goals.
How are you all doing so far on your keto journies?
Keto Lettuce Wraps
Enjoy the easy keto lettuce wraps anytime!
- 1-2 heads of romaine lettuce
- 2 tomatoes diced
- 1/3 cup of shredded cheese or dairy free cheese alternative
- 6-8 oz of cooked chicken cubed
- 1/3 cup real bacon bits (make your organic bacon and cut into bits)
- 3 Tbsp keto dressing
Use precooked warmed left-over chicken or a rotisserie chicken. Cut chicken into cubes.
Place chicken, cheese, bacon and primal mayo in a mixing bowl. Toss.
- Cut the end of your heads of lettuce off. Use the leaves as a holder for your meat mixture.
- Place 2 scoops of mixture in each lettuce leaf and top with diced tomato. Drizzle more mayo on top or a Keto approved ranch dressing.
- 6 servings
Estimated Nutrition Information Per Serving:
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