Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I’m on a quest to find/create healthy, yummy recipes that I can pack into a lunch.
I keep telling myself that I will get better about packing lunches to bring to work, but for whatever reason I always end up grabbing something from the cafeteria, heading home and making lunch there, or subsisting on whatever I can find in the bottom of my “snack drawer” at the office. It’s a bad habit and I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to break it.
Last night I threw together a wrap for dinner. As I munched away I thought that maybe…just maybe…it might be a good recipe to use for on-the-go lunches. Hmm.
Thai Beef Wraps
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
1 Tbsp. ground ginger
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. honey
Thin-sliced deli roast beef
1 medium carrot, grated
Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Place tortillas on a work surface; brush lightly with 2 teaspoons juice mixture. Arrange lettuce on each tortilla; top with beef. Combine carrots and cilantro; arrange carrot mixture over each serving. Sprinkle sesame seeds. Drizzle each serving with a little of the remaining juice mixture; roll up. Serve.
• Feel free to use sugar in place of honey. I used honey because I preferred the consistency.
• Use up to 2 tsp. soy sauce, if you’d like. I’m not a fan of too much saltiness, so I used just 1 tsp. of low-sodium soy sauce. Your mileage may vary.
• Mint can be used in lieu of cilantro, or just omit altogether.
• You may want to cut up your carrots into matchsticks, but I find that tedious. I like to “grate” my carrots with a vegetable peeler. The carrot slices come out nice and thin and easier to pack into a tortilla. (I use this trick for salads, too…carrots are so heavy and always fall to the bottom of the bowl. If they’re sliced with the veggie peeler, I don’t have this problem.)
• This would be good with some finely chopped cashews or peanuts sprinkled inside. I didn’t have either on hand, so I went with the sesame seeds instead.
• I gobbled this down with a few potato chips and a plum. A serving of roasted veggies on the side or some veggie fried rice would also pair well.