Lettuce Wraps As Good As Pf Chang's

"These are a bit of work, but make for a nice, light and healthy dinner. They're drippy and messy, but that makes them even better, in my opinion. :-) I choose to "cut" my lean ground beef with TVP (textured vegetable protein) to cut down on fat and save cash, but 1 full pound of ground beef would work just fine. The sauce is similar to the stuff they whip up tableside at PF Chang's. I like to serve these as a main dish alongside homemade hot and sour soup (I'll post that recipe one of these days) and egg rolls."
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  • Rinse lettuce leaves and pat dry; set aside.
  • Combine sauce ingredients. Add a bit of sugar if desired. Set aside.
  • Combine raw ground beef with re-hydrated TVP by hand, mixing well.
  • In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, saute the meat mixture with onion and garlic.
  • When cooked, add the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar, and chile paste.
  • Stir in the water chestnuts, green onions, and sesame oil. Cook just until the green onions begin to wilt (about 2 minutes).
  • Transfer to a serving dish and let each person fill their lettuce leaves and top with sauce.

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<p>I never realized how easy it is to create restaraunt-quality dishes at home until I lived with my grandparents over one of my summer breaks from college. As soon as I got my first apartment (a year&nbsp;or so&nbsp;later), I started cooking and have been addicted ever since! I like to challenge myself with new ingredients and techniques. I'm big on research, and will spend hours learning the how to's of new ideas ahead of time, because there's nothing more depressing than making a disappointing meal! <br /><br />I've taken it upon myself to be in charge of Thanksgiving dinner for the past 5 years (I'm 27 now)...I enjoy the challenge, and think I put together a pretty darn good spread! :) <br /><br />My fiance and I both LOVE to eat good food, but although we won't deny ourselves some wings and a beer now and again, we try to eat pretty healthfully on a day-to-day basis.</p>
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