feedingFRENZY, FOODIE TRENDS|June 7, 2012 8:00 am

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Lettuce WrapsFrom the ruby soles of our Louboutins to the rouge hue of our Chanel nail polish (guaranteed to give a girl a happy ending on the third date), we’ve always been hot for red. Now we know it’s not just a devilish delight—eating red can actually be beneficial. Turns out, red peppers are low in calories and a terrific snack food. We like to slice them up with some buffalo mozzarella drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. They’re an excellent source of vitamins C and A, antioxidants that can neutralize free radicals, helping improve heart health. Red pepper also contains Vitamin K, a vitally important component of bone health. All that to say, better the red devil you know, right?

* Dishin’ tip: wash before putting in your mouth, ladies. Purchase organic bell peppers when possible, and always rinse before use—you don’t want to be exposed to yucky pesticides, after all. Buying organic helps you avoid such toxins.

Get The Skinny Asian Lettuce Wrap
Featured ingredient
Red Pepper

Ingredients
• 16 Boston Bibb or butter lettuce leaves
• 1 pound lean ground beef
• 1 tablespoon cooking oil
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
• 2 tablespoon soy sauce
• 1 cup sweet corn
• 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
• 2 teaspoons minced pickled ginger
• 2 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
• 1 tablespoon chili paste
• 1 red bell pepper chopped
• 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
• 1 bunch green onions, chopped
• 1 teaspoons Asian (dark) sesame oil
• 1 teaspoon Hoisin sauce

Directions
1. Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry, being careful not tear them. Set aside.
2. In a medium skillet over high heat, brown the ground beef in 1 tablespoon of oil, stirring often and reducing the heat to medium, if necessary. Drain, and set aside to cool. Cook the onion in the same pan, stirring frequently. Add the garlic, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, ginger, vinegar, and chile pepper sauce to the onions, and stir. Stir in chopped water chestnuts, red pepper, green onions, sesame oil, and cooked beef; continue cooking until the onions just begin to wilt, about 2 minutes.
3. Arrange lettuce leaves around the outer edge of a large serving platter, and pile meat mixture in the center. To serve, allow each person to spoon a portion of the meat into a lettuce leaf. Wrap the lettuce around the meat like a burrito, and enjoy!

Get the details on the benefits of Bell Peppers

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