These Vegan Mushroom Lettuce Cups are delicious, easy, and adapted from an episode of Struggle Meals—so you know they are budget friendly.
If you are a person with a fully stocked Struggle Meals packet drawer, I applaud your moxie, kid. It’s been a minute since I’ve walked into a Taco Bell and shoved handfuls of hot sauce packets into my bag—but I’m not above it. Here’s how to eat vegan at Taco Bell.
Enough restaurant chat, let’s talk lettuce cups!
Walnuts or Peanuts?
Peanuts are more traditional. However, I really like dry pan toasting some chopped raw walnuts and sprinkling them on top of the finished wraps.
Cabbage or Brussels Sprouts?
Yes! Both are fabulous.
If you use cabbage, you can use the leftover cabbage to make grilled cabbage or sauerkraut.
I like using Brussels Sprouts because they are basically little cabbages. They are easy to shred with with knife by slicing into thin shreds. You could also use a mandolin (be safe), grater or fancy food processor attachments to shred.
If you buy a 1/2 of a pound loose at the store, you won’t have to worry about any leftover unused Brussels. You will have enough after removing the stumpy stem bits and shredding for this recipe.
You can also buy them pre-shredded from the grocery store.
Salt level & Spice
If you use full sodium soy sauce or tamari (gluten-free soy sauce), I recommend starting with 2 TBSPs.
Do you like things hot & spicy? Then you will want to use more crushed red pepper flakes. If you are a spice wimp or you are serving kids, go light or skip the crushed red pepper flakes.
Using a bullet food processor for easy prep
Sometimes I enjoy practicing knife work. Other times, I like saving time by pulsing things in my small food processor.
For this recipe, I put the peeled ginger knob and garlic cloves into the small bullet food processor and pulsed until minced. It feels like I’m getting away with something when I don’t have to mince things.
Other Easy Prep
I love having a bag of shredded carrots around. I put them in burritos, salads and bowls. With this recipe you can skip shredding or grating the carrot if use pre-shredded carrots.
If you are thinking about a magic mushroom trip—there is different prepping for that. I’m talking about prepping the portobello, shiitakes, and baby bellas a.k.a creminis.
Gently wipe down the shrooms with a damp paper towel. Avoid getting them wet because they can get wicked mushy.
If you really aren’t into knife work, you can pulse the shrooms in a food processor after removing the stems from the portobello & shiitakes. You can just cut any hard bits of of the baby bellas a.k.a creminis and use the stems. I love chopping in food processors. You saw how I minced the garlic & ginger. I mince the shrooms for Easy Seasoned Mushroom Mince in my big food processor, just be careful not to over pulse and end up with a weird mushroom colored liquid.
I like rustic and minced sizes of chopping mixed together for this recipe because it adds nice texture.
If the gills look mushy or just sick you out, then you can use a spoon to remove them. I’m usually good with gills.
Cut stems off of the shiitakes before chopping.
You can use discarded stems in vegetable stock if you want. We remove them from the portobello & shiitakes because they have more wooden textured stems than the baby bellas a.k.a creminis.
Baby Bellas a.k.a Creminis
No need to fully remove these stems. Just cut off any hard end bits.
Cut off 8 or more good-looking leaves rom the outer part of the butter lettuce head for cups. I’ve used 13 leaves with this recipe, it realIy depends on their size. Extra leaves also work to double-ply leaves with holes.
Leftover Butter Lettuce?
This could be used to make other wraps or salads. Sometimes I wrap lettuce or collard greens around store bought vegan burgers or vegan chick’n patties. You could also make Spring Rolls with Oven-Baked Sriracha Tofu with leftover butter lettuce.
Let’s Make Vegan Mushroom Lettuce Cups
In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, Sriracha and maple syrup and set aside.
Heat oil in a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat. Add the red pepper flakes followed by the garlic & ginger. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
Stir in mushrooms and cook until very soft and deeper in color, about 15 minutes.
Add to the soy sauce mixture from the small bowl to the pan and stir to combine.
Stir in cabbage and carrots, toss to coat. Remove from heat. Set pan aside.
Dry toast the chopped walnuts in a small pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes tossing every minute or so, to avoid burning. The walnuts will become warm and fragrant.
Fill butter lettuce leaves with mushroom filling and garnish with scallions & chopped dry roasted walnuts. Serve & Enjoy!
Vegan Mushroom Lettuce Cups
- 1 TBSP oil for sautéing i.e. non-virgin olive oil, avocado oil, or vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes more to taste
- 3 cloves garlic minced; I use small bullet food processor to do this quickly
- 1 – 2 inches ginger grated or minced; I use small bullet food processor to do this quickly
- 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms chopped
- 1 portobello mushroom chopped; stem removed
- 3 – 4 ounces shiitake mushrooms chopped; stems removed
- 2 cups shredded Brussels sprouts or green cabbage ~6 ounces once shredded; ~8 ounces of whole Brussels sprouts before removing stem bits & shredding
- 1/2 cup shredded or grated carrots about one carrot; use pre-shredded as a shortcut ~3 ounces
Whisk together in a small bowl
- 3 TBSPs low sodium soy sauce or use low sodium tamari for gluten-free link goes to gluten-free low sodium tamari
- 2 TBSPs seasoned rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons sriracha
- 1 TBSP maple syrup
- 8 – 15 leaves of butter lettuce
To Sprinkle on top of finished lettuce cups
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup chopped scallions, cilantro, or Thai basil optional
- In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, Sriracha and maple syrup and set aside.
- Heat oil in a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat.
- Add the red pepper flakes followed by the garlic & ginger. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Stir in mushrooms and cook until very soft and deeper in color, about 15 minutes.
- Add to the soy sauce mixture from the small bowl to the pan and stir to combine.
- Stir in cabbage and carrots, toss to coat. Remove from heat. Set pan aside.
- Dry toast the chopped walnuts in a small pan over medium heat for about 5 minutes tossing every minute or so, to avoid burning. The walnuts will become warm and fragrant.
- Fill butter lettuce leaves with mushroom filling and garnish with scallions & chopped dry roasted walnuts. Serve & Enjoy!
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