Asian Beef and Quinoa

Lettuce Wraps

I’m pretty determined to have my son eat some lettuce these days and this recipe follows suit!  Beef, onions, quinoa all cooked and mixed up with tons of salty Asian sauces then wrapped in a crisp lettuce leaf.  Sounds good right?

Well only part of it sounds good to my son and I’ll let you guess which half…

He was on board with the beef mixture and he even liked the quinoa which he didn’t even know was there.  I had to break it to him when he was done and he said I tricked him but he liked it.  As for wrapping it in lettuce…NO WAY!

I still claim this as a victory since he liked the quinoa!


1 romaine lettuce heart
1 pound ground beef
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon sriracha
1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
3 tablespoons soy sauce


Add ground beef to a preheated pan and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks then drain excess fat.

Stir in garlic, onion, red bell pepper, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and Sriracha until onions have become translucent, about 1-2 minutes then season with salt and pepper, to taste.  Add cooked quinoa and stir into beef mixture.

To serve, spoon several tablespoons of the beef mixture into the center of a romaine lettuce leaf creating a lettuce taco.

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