Fiesta Lettuce Wraps and Pepper Boats

Monday, 10 August 2020 16:54

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Using bell peppers and lettuce for wraps is a fun way to increase vegetables on the plate. Lettuce leaves and mini peppers are perfect for a build-your-own Southwestern meal or as appetizers.

Fiesta Lettuce Wraps and Pepper Boats


  • 6 sweet, mini bell peppers
  • 8 lettuce leaves
  • 1 cup instant brown rice (dry)
  • 1 pound tilapia filets, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 2 teaspoons Southwest chipotle seasoning (no sodium)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil (divided)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 limes (divided)
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
For the Salsa Fresca:
  • 1/2 cup yellow corn (frozen or canned, no-salt added)
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

1 .Slice peppers in half vertically. Arrange lettuce and 8 pepper halves on a serving platter.

2. Cook brown rice according to package directions.

3. To make salsa fresca, dice remaining pepper halves, tomato, and onion; mix with corn, garlic, and jalapeño pepper, and ¼ tsp salt.

4. Sprinkle both sides of tilapia filets with Southwest chipotle seasoning.

5. Heat 1½ tbsp canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish to pan, and cook for 3 minutes on each side (cook fish until it is opaque, 145 ºF). Flake with a fork and place in a serving dish.

6. When rice is done, stir in remaining ½ tbsp oil, juice from one lime, and ¼ tsp salt. Cut remaining lime into wedges.

7. To serve, set out pepper-lettuce platter, rice, fish, salsa fresca, sour cream, and lime, and let diners build their own boats and wraps


Serving Suggestion: Serve with an 8 oz glass of fat-free (skim) milk. Substitute brown rice with another quick cooking grain, such as whole-wheat couscous if desired.


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Last modified on Monday, 10 August 2020 16:57
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