Cauliflower Lettuce Cups with Homemade Hot Sauce

DIY mouthwatering lettuce cups.
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This recipe was made by our friend Lindsey Baruch, a Los Angeles based food photographer, recipe developer, food stylist + social media manager. She loves to share her travels, new recipes and restaurants on her Instagram page @lindseyeatsla. Outside of food, Lindsey participates in weekly kundalini yoga and loves going to electronic music concerts which you can find her sharing on her stories along with step by step recipes of what she's making for dinner. 

These colorful lettuce cups are 100% plant-based and 100% tasty. Wrap them up for an easy dinner or lunch + add your own toppings to your liking. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cup sliced scallions
  • 1/3 cup roughly cilantro
  • 1/3 cup chopped mint
  • 3 roughly chopped shallots
  • 1/3 cup chopped basil
  • 1 lb riced cauliflower
  • 1 tsp soy sauce

For the rice powder

  • ½ cup of sushi rice or jasmine rice

For the Hot Sauce

  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened Creamer
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 shallots or 2 mini onions
  • 4 dried chilies of your choice
  • 2 tsp vinegar
  • 1-2 lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3 tsp sriracha
  • 2 tsp water

For The Lettuce Wraps

  • Cabbage or butter lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Lime wedges

METHOD

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees + pour ½ the cauliflower rice on a pan with salt, pepper + oil for about 30-40 minutes until cooked + almost crispy.

Make your hot sauce next by charring your dried chiles + onions first in a dry skillet for about 5-10 minutes. Place in a blender or food processor, with your creamer, red pepper flakes, vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, salt, paprika, sriracha + water. If it’s too thick, add more water, lemon or vinegar. You want the consistency to be a creamy hot sauce.

Next, prep your veggies for the lettuce wraps by slicing cucumbers, lime wedges + sorting your lettuce wraps. In the meantime, toast your rice and once its brown + toasted through, place in a food processor until it becomes a powder. 

Time to make the larb! Heat a pan with the other ½ of your cauliflower rice + add in salt, pepper, soy sauce + the rice powder for about 10-15 minutes. Next, add in your shallots + the cooked cauliflower from the oven + let cook and char with lime, more rice powder + soy sauce for about 15 minutes.

Take the larb off the fire + add in your cilantro, green onions, mint + basil. Mix well + serve with your lettuce cups! YUM!