Mu Shu Pork Lettuce Wraps - skip takeout and make this healthy homemade version! Pork and veggies in a delicious slightly sweet, slightly spicy sauce!

Hey guys!

First day of school here.

I’m a little excited.

And by a little, I mean I can barely contain myself.

I am counting down the minutes until I can drop them off.

I have a full day planned and there won’t be a single kid present.

This is the best day of my life.

We really lucked out this year and for the third year in a row, got a teacher that I absolutely adore. My middle kid had her twice in a row and now my youngest has her.

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Crockpot Carnitas Lettuce Wraps #paleo #lowcarb

I committed a serious crime yesterday.

I went to Dollar Tree and bought ALL THE EASTER DECORATIONS

Yeah, I know it’s not even Valentine’s Day. 

The worst part is that I made a trip there just for Easter decorations. Because at some point, late Monday night, I watched Dollar Tree hauls on Youtube for 2 hours. Guys, I go to Dollar Tree, like, twice a year so how did I stay up until 3 am watching people talk about what they bought there?

I really have no idea how these things happen to me.

And yeah, when those kinds of things pop up on your recommended videos list and you wonder “What kind of weirdo cares about what people buy at Dollar Tree/the grocery store/Michaels/etc.?” 

It’s me. I’m that weirdo.

I also spend an obscene amount of time watching nail polish swatch videos which is literally watching paint dry. So… yeah. 

Anyway, I now have a ginormous bag of brightly colored Easter decorations in my pantry that I can’t use for, I don’t know, 2 months? All because some girl on Youtube told me that Dollar Tree had Easter decorations.

In other exciting news, we had lettuce wraps for dinner! We have lettuce wraps once a week but I’ve just been doing these because they take 15 minutes to prepare or we do bacon and tomato for kind of a BLT feel, so it was nice to have “fancy” lettuce wraps.  

The carnitas (just an inexpensive pork shoulder covered in spices) are cooked in the slow cooker all day and then at the very end, you bake them to get them crispy. But really, you could skip the baking step if you were starving when you walked through the door. Then you just pile a bunch of meat on a lettuce leaf and top with avocado, salsa, chopped onions, cilantro, whatever you want.

This is something the kids like too, but I’ll put it in a tortilla or a hard taco shell or just serve it alongside rice for them. 

Crockpot Carnitas Lettuce Wraps #paleo #lowcarb

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Two things I’m obsessed with these days: lettuce wraps and flank steak.

(Now, to be fair… I used skirt steak in these lettuce wraps. But only because my store didn’t have flank steak. They’re both awesome in lettuce wraps.)

I love, love, love these lettuce wraps. I made a massive batch and had them for lunch and dinner for 5 days straight and I’m still not tired of them. They’re light despite being made with a massive piece of beef which makes them perfect for this time of year. The sesame oil and seeds add so much flavor without being overpowering and I love the slight zing the rice wine vinegar gives the sauce.

This was another recipe I saved for deployment because I wasn’t sure my husband would love it but I was totally wrong and it will be made when he comes home!

One year ago: Buttermilk Pecan Pie

Sesame Beef Lettuce Wraps
Ingredients
For the beef:
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound flank steak or skirt steak cut into thin slices
For the Korean Barbecue Dipping Sauce:
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon sriracha chile sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoons chopped green onion
  • ½ tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon water
For assembly:
  • lettuce washed and leaves separated
  • shredded carrot
  • chopped green onion
Instructions
To prepare the beef:
  1. Whisk together all marinade ingredients but olive oil and steak. Place the sliced steak into the marinade and mix until the meat is evenly coated. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator. Flank steak can be marinated for up to 3 hours. Skirt steak will only need about 30 minutes.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Once the pan is HOT add half of the beef and cook for 1-2 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from heat and set aside. Continue with the rest of the beef.
To make the dipping sauce:
  1. Whisk together all ingredients.
To assemble:
  1. Place beef pieces into a lettuce leaf. Top with shredded carrots and green onions. Drizzle a bit of the dipping sauce on top. Serve the remaining sauce alongside the lettuce wraps.
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