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Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Leigh Ann Ross Photo by: Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Leigh Ann Ross

Beef Lettuce Wraps

Fill crisp lettuce leaves with sliced flank steak topped with a zesty sauce made from lime juice, brown sugar, and minced pepper. Soba noodle salad complements the meaty lettuce wraps and brings another texture to the plate.

Cooking Light JUNE 2009

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 wraps and 1 teaspoon sauce)
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (1-pound) flank steak, trimmed
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 4 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 8 Bibb lettuce leaves
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup torn fresh mint
  • 1/2 cup matchstick-cut English cucumber
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts

Preparation

1. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper. Place steak in pan; cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from pan; let stand 10 minutes. Cut steak diagonally across the grain into thin slices.

2. Combine juice, fish sauce, sugar, and jalapeño in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Reserve 4 teaspoons juice mixture in a small serving bowl. Pour remaining juice mixture in a large bowl; add steak, tossing to coat. Place 1 1/2 ounces beef in center of each lettuce leaf; top each with 2 tablespoons onion, 2 tablespoons mint, 1 tablespoon cucumber, and 1 tablespoon cilantro. Sprinkle evenly with peanuts; roll up. Serve with reserved juice mixture.

Soba noodle salad: Cook 6 ounces soba noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain well. Combine noodles, 1/3 cup chopped green onions, and 1/3 cup matchstick-cut carrots in a large bowl. Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 tablespoon fish sauce, 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce, 2 teaspoons sambal oelek, and 1 teaspoon brown sugar in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle vinegar mixture over noodle mixture; toss well.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 224
  • Fat: 8.1g
  • Saturated fat: 2.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.4g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 27g
  • Carbohydrate: 11.2g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 39mg
  • Iron: 2.6mg
  • Sodium: 755mg
  • Calcium: 61mg
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