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Lettuce-Wrapped Sandwiches: Jerk Chicken, Italian Burger

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When it comes to sandwiches, sometimes we're looking for no buns, hon. These two new recipes replace carb-heavy exteriors with crisp lettuce leaves... Mmmmm!

 
 
Hungry Girl's Jerk Chicken Lettuce Wrap
Jerk Chicken Lettuce Wrap

Entire recipe: 253 calories, 3.5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 633mg sodium, 27g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 14g sugars, 29.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6* -- SmartPoints® value 4*

How do you make zesty marinated chicken even more appealing? Add grilled pineapple...

Prep: 10 minutes
Marinate: 1 hour
Cook: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
3 tbsp. orange juice
1 1/2 tsp. jerk seasoning mix (like the kinds by McCormick)
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 pineapple ring (fresh or previously packed in juice)
4 large (or 2 extra-large) iceberg or butter lettuce leaves
2 tbsp. canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:
In a sealable container (or sealable plastic bag), combine orange juice, jerk seasoning, and cayenne pepper. Mix thoroughly. Add chicken, and flip to coat. Seal and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Bring a grill pan (or skillet) sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add chicken, reserving excess marinade. Cook for 4 minutes.

Flip chicken. Lay pineapple on the pan. Add onion, bell pepper, and excess marinade. Stirring veggies occasionally, cook for 2 minutes.

Flip pineapple. Stirring veggies occasionally, cook for about 2 more minutes, until chicken is cooked through, veggies are soft, and marinade has been absorbed.

Stack two large lettuce leaves, and place chicken in the center (or stack two extra-large leaves, and place chicken over one half). Top with pineapple, veggies, beans, and cilantro. Finish with remaining two large lettuce leaves (or wrap the extra-large leaves around the filling).

MAKES 1 SERVING  

 
 
 
Hungry Girl's Saucy Italian Burger on a Lettuce Bun
Saucy Italian Burger on a Lettuce Bun

Entire recipe: 230 calories, 7.5g total fat (3.5g sat fat), 646mg sodium, 9.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 29.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5* -- SmartPoints® value 4*

The flavors of pasta al pomodoro get all up on a lean beef patty, nestled inside crunchy lettuce. It doesn't get much better than this...

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1/3 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
2 dashes each salt and black pepper
4 oz. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
Dash Italian seasoning
2 tbsp. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
4 large (or 2 extra-large) iceberg or butter lettuce leaves

Directions:
To make the sauce, in a small microwave-safe bowl, combine crushed tomatoes, basil, 1/8 tsp. garlic powder, 1/8 tsp. onion powder, and a dash each salt and pepper.

In a medium bowl, combine beef, Italian seasoning and remaining 1/8 tsp. garlic powder, 1/8 tsp. onion powder, and dash each salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Form into a 4-inch-wide patty.

Bring a grill pan (or skillet) sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Cook patty for 3 minutes.

Flip patty, and cook for 3 - 4 more minutes, or until cooked to your preference.

Meanwhile, cover sauce, and microwave for 20 seconds, or until warm. Mix well.

Top patty with cheese. Cover and cook for 1 minute, or until cheese has melted.

Stack two large lettuce leaves, and place cheese-topped patty in the center (or stack two extra-large leaves, and place patty over one half). Top with sauce, and finish with the remaining two large lettuce leaves (or wrap the extra-large leaves around the filling).

MAKES 1 SERVING

 
 

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