Google “lettuce wraps” and you’ll trip over scores of copycat recipes for P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wrap. “Just like the real thing!” Heidi75 gushes over the knockoff posted on recipe zaar.com.
Once found mostly in Asian restaurants, the lettuce wrap began turning up in mainstream restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory and Chili’s a few years ago, and it wasn’t long before home cooks were eager to integrate the fun food into their own menus.
Whether you’re eating in or out, The Star’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a smart nutrition choice. Bite-size cubes of lean meat are stir-fried in a flavorful sauce and wrapped in a cool, crisp and crunchy vegetable shell.
Dieters have long known that celery and water chestnuts not only enhance the texture of a stir-fry, but also are low in calories and sodium and contain no fat or cholesterol.
Meanwhile, mushrooms contain potassium, folate, niacin and copper, which helps the body produce red blood cells and regulate other chemical reactions that are a part of good health.
Studies by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service show that even when stir-fried, mushrooms retain most of their nutrients.