I love to eat. Food is amazing. For a long time I loved food that tasted good without being good, overloading my body with processed sugars and grains and fats instead of the choices I knew were healthier but didn’t give me that sugar spike or fat satiated comatose feeling.

No more. I eat clean(er) now. I still love to go out for coffee and pizza and frozen yogurt. But I control my portions and make smart choices that are in line with my ultimate goals – being healthy, fit, and happy.

That’s where these come in: Gluten free barbecue lettuce wraps with avocado and peach salsa.


Gluten Free Barbecue Beef Lettuce Wraps

1 lb lean beef (93%) or bison
4 ounces of your favorite gluten free barbecue sauce
2 ounces of a cheese that pairs well with your barbecue sauce (I used mango fire cheddar)
1 ounce of olive oil
4 tablespoons of your favorite salsa (I like Trader Joe’s Spicy, Smoky Peach Salsa for this meal)
2 avocados
1 large head of lettuce

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Combine the beef, barbecue sauce, and olive oil in a large bowl. Chop the cheese into small 1/2 oz sticks.

Form a patty from 1/4 of the beef and barbecue sauce mixture. Make it flatter and larger than you usually would, then place the cheese stick in the center of the patty and wrap the rest of the meat around it, encapsulating the cheese. Repeat with remaining 3/4 of the beef.

Bake the beef in the oven on a baking sheet covered in tinfoil; bake for 8-10 minutes or until firm.

Serve on a lettuce wrap and top with a 1/2 an avocado and peach salsa.

This whole meal clocked in for me at just under 400 calories, with 29.5 grams of protein. It’s a great lunch for someone who is working out a lot and needs to recharge regularly (I eat a full meal every 3-4 hours) but it’s also a delightful lunch to share with friends.

I hope you enjoy!

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June 18, 2013

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