Monday, May 11, 2009

Mexican Black Bean Lettuce Wraps

My husband and I are really trying to drop a few pounds. We kinda went off our healthy eating/working out routine without meaning too. So we just wanted to do something to jump kick our butts back into gear! Awhile back I tried the detox from The Fat Smash Diet with a friend of mine. The detox is the first phase of the diet and it lasts for 9 days. You can't really eat much outside of beans and brown rice (which forces you to become creative!), but my favorite part of this detox is that you can eat all the fruits and veggies you want! Anyhow, I felt so good the last time I did it and I dropped a good amount of weight too! So here I am trying it again!

I needed something last week to boost my energy level back up. We had been working out so hard and I think my body was craving some hard core protein. So I decided to try out something new. It is hard to come up with new ideas to use beans...but this one turned out pretty good! The flavor was great...something I would actually eat when I wasn't dieting! I actually think that if you didn't want to use mustard that you could try even using white wine vinegar for flavor too! Maybe I will try that next time!

Mexican Black Bean Lettuce Wraps
(recipe from the kitchen of Liesl)
For sauce:
juice of one lime
juice of one lemon
splash of spicy mustard
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
dash of pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
For salad:
2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can of corn (no salt added), drained and rinsed
2 small tomatoes, seeded and diced
fresh cilantro, chopped finely
1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
Romaine leaves, washed and cut from stem
In a small container that has a lid, combine all ingredients for your sauce. Put lid on container and shake to combine all ingredients. In another bowl combine all ingredients for the salad. Stir together. Pour sauce over salad mixture and stir to combine with salad. Refrigerate for 1 hour for flavors to combine.
To assemble:
Take a Romaine leaf and carefully place a generous amount of the salad in the middle. Roll the sides of the lettuce leaf up over the middle.


  1. Oooh yummy! I love bean & corn salads. I bet if you threw in some avocado (which you can't have yet, right?) this would also make a tasty appetizer!

  2. I love wrapping stuff in lettuce. It was totally a fad a few years ago with the low-carb craze, but it's really good. These look like great healthy tacos.

  3. That looks so good! I've been eating so much cake lately, so a lettuce wrap sounds absolutely perfect. :)

  4. I did a random Google search for a dinner idea tonight and clicked on your site purely because of your name! I don't know many other Liesl's and especially spelled the same way! I love cooking too and I will probably end up coming here for idea's a lot more. :) Great dinner idea and awesome name! :) Thanks!


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