Lentil & Walnut Lettuce Wraps w/ Turmeric Sunshine Sauce!

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It feels both impossible and necessary to talk about the sadness and hate going on in the world right now. I can say for certain that my voice isn't going to add anything new to the conversation, and that there are smart and important people talking who I am going to listen to. I stand whole heartedly and firmly with every person and group facing harm and oppression right now. I think it is important to know as Canadians that this country is not free of hate or injustice. I stand with everyone fighting against Trump and white supremacy and oppression in the States, but I also stand with my fellow Canadians who are experiencing the same injustices. On Sunday, six people were killed and many injured at a Mosque in Quebec City. All I can do is send love, support, and strength to the Muslim community here in Quebec and continue to attempt to combat the racism and Islamophobia that feels so rampant right now.

I want to offer this quote, not to trivialize anything that is happening, but to use words that are stronger and more relevant than anything I can say myself (imagine for a moment that "Trump" is replacing "Voldemort" in the following passage):

"We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. Lord Voldemort's gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great. We can fight it only by showing an equally strong bond of friendship and trust. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts open."

- Albus Dumbledore 

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It's cold and snowy here. My daily ritual of waking before the sun rises and making a steamy pot of oats has increased in coziness as well as regularity.

I have few words to share today, but I do think it is important to remember that it is hard to help others if you are not in a place to first help yourself. So much love and support to everyone <3

This recipe is simple and meant for sharing. The lentils and walnuts form a flavourful and substantial filling for the lettuce wraps, and the sunshine sauce brings a brightness that is needed right now. The turmeric mixed with the citrusy sweetness of the orange and creaminess of the coconut yogurt is the perfect sauce to tie this all together. 

It is definitely messy finger food, which I am all for! You could also use this filling for tacos or wraps or as a base for some roasted vegetables. I like to think of the lettuce wraps as an appetizer or quick snack. 

I hope you love it !!! 

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lentil & walnut Lettuce wraps w/ turmeric sunshine sauce

Serves 4 - 6

Here is a great article on how to properly cook lentils.

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Ingredients

Lentil & Walnut Wraps

  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 1 cup cooked french lentils
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, julienned
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp soya sauce
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp salt

Turmeric Sunshine Sauce

  • 1 cup vegan coconut yogurt 
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp ground turmeric (to taste)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • juice of half an orange
  • 2 tsp honey or maple syrup

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Notes

Remove individual leaves of the butter lettuce and rinse them gently. Set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a cast iron pan over low-medium heat. Once hot add the onions and stir for 3-5 minutes, until soft and translucent. Add in the garlic and cook for an additional minute. Add in the cooked lentils, walnuts, soya sauce, cumin, and salt. Stir and continue to cook for about 8-10 minutes, until the lentils are heated through and aromatic. Remove from heat.

To make the sauce combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Transfer the sauce to a smaller serving bowl.

To assemble the wraps take a piece of lettuce and spoon some of the lentil walnut mix into the middle. Add a dollop of sauce and then roll up and enjoy! These are best when fresh, but the lentils and the sauce will last in the fridge for about a week.