Lettuce Wrap BL(A)T’s
Gluten Free and Low Carb—perfect for summer! You can put nearly anything in a lettuce leaf and it provides a handy shell to hold the flavors. I often am looking for edible vehicles that can deliver the punch line and in the summer lettuce leaves are a refreshing meal-holding-husk. But they can be a little messy so watch out for those after-Memorial-Day white pants.
Fillings can be as simple or complex as you want to create. A vegan alternative to bacon could be tempeh sauteed with tamari, cider vinegar and garlic. Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps are another favorite of mine—check out the post from June 2012. Sandwich innards, grilled fish, and taco filling also work well in the green wrapper.
After a spring cleaning my friend Patsy passed along some of her books and I now have more gems for the pile. For those of you who have been around a while you may be familiar with the classic “Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within” by Natalie Goldberg. It was first published in the mid-1980′s so there are a few moments of wow when she talks about using typewriters and using these ‘new computers’— you don’t have to listen to the bell at the end of the line and manually return, these new computers have a thing called ‘wrap around’ where it automatically bring you to the next line. Love it. I grew up with typewriters and have an enormous soft spot for their manual mechanicalness, I still have two or three… but who knows where to get them maintained anymore.
Anyway, the book and the message are timeless, very similar to The Artists Way by Julia Cameron.
The Exercise they both prescribe:
- write every day
- keep your hand moving (don’t let the pen stop, don’t pause to read, that would be stalling)
- don’t cross anything out (no editing)
- don’t worry about spelling or grammar
- lose control
- don’t think (don’t get logical)
- go for the jugular (do you feel naked or scared? dive in, it probably has lots of energy)
Julia Cameron now has an online video course of The Artist’s Way.
This photo from is from the spring of 2013: a stack of notebooks filled with words from over three years of writing morning pages…notebooks on their way to the shredder! Part of my practice was also to let go…like a ‘catch and release’ policy for ideas, and just trust that the good ones will resurface again at some point.
April 2013 = 181 Weeks x 7 days x 3 pages = 3,801 pages – missing a few days here and there = approximately 3,750 pages
Now I’m hungry.
A recipe doesn’t get much easier that this! Besides, this isn’t a season for reading complex recipes…this is a season for simple, then getting back outside.
Lettuce Leaf BL(A)T’s
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Clean and separate:
A dash of fresh lime juice or your favorite mayonnaise
Eat and enjoy.