Prawn and Asparagus Lettuce Wraps with Hoisin Sauce

[Food Tip: Hoisin sauce, a sweet-and-spicy Asian condiment made with soybeans, spices, and garlic, can be found in the Asian section of your grocery store. ]

Flavor for few calories, these wraps are good alone or served with steamed rice. Skip the lettuce and wrap the prawn mixture into rice sheets for a quick spring roll.


1/2 pound medium-size prawns, peeled and deveined

2 teaspoons sesame oil

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and diced

1/4 cup green onions, chopped

1 large red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced

1/4 pound asparagus, trimmed and diced

2 teaspoons soy sauce

1 head butter lettuce, washed and dried

1/4 cup hoisin sauce



1) Chop prawns into small pieces. Set aside.

2) Heat oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, ginger, and green onions and toss in oil. Add peppers and asparagus and continue to stir-fry for 3 minutes. Add prawns and soy sauce and stir for 2 minutes, or until shrimp turn pink. Remove from heat.

3) Transfer prawn mixture to medium-size serving bowl. Place bowl in the middle of large platter and arrange lettuce leaves around the bowl. Serve with hoisin sauce. To eat, spread a little hoisin sauce on lettuce leaf, place a spoonful of prawn mixture on top, wrap lettuce leaf around, and eat with fingers. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Analysis per serving: 117 Calories; 29 percent fat (3.7 grams); < 1 gram saturated fat; 46 percent protein; 26 percent carbohydrate; 1.6 grams fiber.


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