These budget friendly lettuce wraps are filled with lots of veggies, warming spices and plant-based protein to keep you full and satisfied.
Not only do spices make your meal tastier, they have benefits for your body, too. Spices are filled with antioxidants! Polyphenols like the good stuff in wine and chocolate, are also present in spices (and dried herbs, too), and they act as antioxidants in your body.
While spices don’t have magical superpowers, certain spices have been shown to reduce inflammation, fight free radicals (that can cause the effects of aging and cancer), protect your cardiovascular system, and help control blood sugar.
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All that being said, I love adding something that makes my food taste good and can possibly have some nourishing benefits. Yes, sign me up, please!
Stocking your pantry with spices can get pricey if you’re buying every single spice in the grocery store spice aisle, so I recommend starting with a few and going from there. My must-have spices include garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper, paprika, cinnamon, turmeric, oregano, nutmeg, cumin, and chili powder.
My pantry is filled to the brim with spices, and that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside just like spices do 😉
Adding more spices to your meals makes eating at home more enjoyable (yay for more flavor) and brings some extra antioxidants to your day. Who would say no to that?
These Tofu & Rice Lettuce Wraps are packed with spices and veggies which make me jump for joy. I like adding tofu here because it’s an inexpensive plant-based protein that takes on any flavor you give it. It’s the perfect vehicle for adding all these spices!
In this mixture, you have paprika, turmeric, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and nutmeg. That means no boring tofu, which is always a good thing.
If you’re not a tofu fan or do not eat soy, substitute with a can of chickpeas (drained).
You can also serve this without the lettuce wrap but anything wrapped in lettuce is more fun, in my opinion, and you get extra veggies!!
**Find the recipe on the Healthy Aperture blog**
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