How many of you pack a lunch for work? If you do, what does it typically include? No, seriously. Leave a note below and tell me because I have been struggling with lunches over the last few weeks.  It’s far too expensive (and unhealthy) to eat out a majority of the week but I’m getting exceedingly bored of chicken salad and crackers. So I’m looking for new ideas.

This month’s Cooking Light arrived and after feverishly paging through it, I discovered these…and by ‘these’ I mean Spicy Steak Lettuce Wraps. I’m a huge fan of the lettuce wrap and the nice thing is that they are low in carbs and calories. I needed them. I wanted them. So I made them.

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And you know what…they were amazing. And. AND! They make a great lunch option! I packed my veggies in a container and my meat in another and assembled them right on my desk. Well, not really ON my desk. You get the point.

Try them. You’ll love them. At 268 calories, this is the perfectly flavorful lunch.

Spicy Steak Lettuce Wraps
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Serves: 4

  • 1 (12-ounce) sirloin steak
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated shallots
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek (chile paste)
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 12 large Boston lettuce leaves (about 2 heads)
  • 1 cup matchstick-cut English cucumber
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 cup matchstick-cut carrot
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro leaves

  1. Start by cutting your steak into ⅛” slices.
  2. Combine the sugar and next 6 ingredients (through oil) in a large plastic bag and shake to mix. Remove 3 tablespoons of the marinade to use as a sauce and then place the meat in with the marinade. Allow the meat to sit in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Remove the steak from the bag and discard the marinade. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and add in the meat. Cook the steak for 1 minute on each side.
  4. Divide the steak evenly amongst the lettuce cups and then top with the carrots, onion and cucumbers. Sprinkle on cilantro, drizzle with the reserved marinade and then serve.

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