What a weekend! Paul ran his first half marathon, I made chocolate ice cream for the first time, and we ate sooooo much Indian food. I love life.

Crispy Almond Butter Tofu Lettuce Boats with Mango Pico

But now it’s back to the daily grind and with our race out of the way it’s time to pack in some seriously healthy (and delicious!) food. We can’t be eating Indian food every day if we’re not going to run it off!! Plus, it’s still hot as heck, so let’s eat some colour while we still have it #amiright?

Crispy Almond Butter Tofu Lettuce Boats with Mango Pico

My food photos are usually a tad dark and moody but for this post I had an orange table that reflected the bright colour right into my shot. I ended up really loving the feel of the lighting, and these pictures really remind me of a sunny day in Mexico with big, bright colours highlighting even bigger flavours. It’s so appropriate for this post because these wraps will bring you to total happy dance flavour country.Β I am actually bursting with excitement to share it with you!

Crispy Almond Butter Tofu Lettuce Boats with Mango Pico

I felt like a crazy person making this recipe because of how many parts there are to it, but essentially it’s just crisp lettuce topped with crispy tofu, mango pico, my favorite almond butter sauce, and chopped peanuts. It’s the best thing I’ve made in a long time, friends. I’m in love!

Crispy Almond Butter Tofu Lettuce Boats with Mango Pico

xoxo

Crispy Almond Butter Tofu Lettuce Boats with Mango Pico

Yield: 6-8 servings with leftover mango pico

Ingredients

    Almond Butter Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (or Tamari)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
  • Hot water to thin
  • Crispy Tofu:
  • 8 ounces extra firm tofu, drained and thoroughly dried
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil, divided
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 tbsp almond butter dipping sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Mango Pico:
  • 2 ripe mangos, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 green onions, green parts only, sliced
  • 1/3 cup packed cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 jalapeΓ±o, seeded and minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • Assembly:
  • 1 head butter lettuce or cabbage
  • Crispy tofu
  • Mango pico
  • Almond butter sauce
  • Chopped peanuts, for garnish

Instructions

  1. To prepare the almond butter sauce, whisk together all ingredients (minus the hot water). Add hot water to thin until a pourable sauce is achieved. Adjust flavors as needed.
  2. To prepare the tofu, press the tofu in paper towel until it is completely dry. Cut into small rectangles and toss in cornstarch, tapping off any extra. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 tbsp of sesame oil, add in tofu and fry, flipping on all sides to ensure even browning (about 5 minutes). Set aside.
  3. Whisk together 2 1/2 tbsp of the almond butter sauce, 1 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp sesame oil and 1 tbsp of brown sugar to combine and add the sauce to the tofu in the skillet. Turn up the heat to medium and stir to coat everything together. Cook for several minutes or until all of the sauce is absorbed and the tofu looks glazed, stirring frequently. Set aside.
  4. To make the mango pico, combine ingredients into a small serving bowl and toss. Taste, and add additional salt and/or a little squeeze of lime juice. Set aside.
  5. To assemble, gently pull off a piece of lettuce, one leaf at a time. Repeat until you have 6 to 8 leaves. Divide the salsa amongst the salad wraps, top with crispy tofu, additional almond butter sauce and garnish with chopped peanuts.
  6. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

Recipe inspired by Cookie and Kate and these spring rolls

http://warmvanillasugar.com/2015/08/24/crispy-almond-butter-tofu-lettuce-boats-with-mango-pico/

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19 Responses to Crispy Almond Butter Tofu Lettuce Boats with Mango Pico

  1. Mango is one of my favorite fruits. Love the mango pico in these lettuce boats – looks so refreshing!

  2. Sues says:

    These photos remind me of a sunny day in Mexico, too, and make me want to go back ASAP. Or at least to have these for dinner πŸ™‚

  3. Oh my goodness, this sounds totally divine! Love love love the mango pico!

  4. Yum! This recipe sounds fantastic and so healthy too.

  5. Love all the asian/latin fusion here! The mango pico sounds to die for and I love me some tofu πŸ™‚ Pinning!

  6. Loving these lettuce wraps, Katrina! You are totally NOT a crazy person for having lots of components… I feel like with lettuce wraps you kind of HAVE to! These are fantastic, so much fresh and fabulous flavor- from the tofu to the salsa and the almond butter- Gah! Yummmm! I am drooling! These are beautiful and I definitely NEED these in my belly! Pinned! Cheers! πŸ™‚

  7. Gina says:

    I’m a tofu lover and this dish looks amazing. In the past couple of years, I have discovered how tasty lettuce wrapped dishes can be. I can’t wait to try this one! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Totally going to make this after I pick up some tofu at the Asian supermarket. I have a mango sitting in the fridge and instead of eating it (what fun is that), I can use it in this recipe. Yum!

  9. Sounds like you had a lovely weekend! Why have I never cooked with tofu?? Every time I see a recipe, I swear I’m going to! This looks SO good!

  10. The mango pico is perfect, I would eat these beauties all day long without a car in the world.

  11. Joanne says:

    Love that you inspired Paul to run a half marathon!! Is he hooked now?!

    This sounds like the PERFECT weekend recovery meal. All kinds of delicious to get us through the week.

    • katrina says:

      haha, absolutely NOT. He *might* run another one “once he forgets how painful the last 3 km were”. We’ll see! I know I’ll still be running πŸ™‚

  12. Pure Ella says:

    Wow! Yum!! These flavors are just so amazing πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to try this πŸ™‚
    xoxox

  13. Ruth says:

    Bring on mango season!!! Winter is just coming to a close here in Australia and the air is starting to smell of spring πŸ™‚ won’t be too long before we get fresh mango again! This looks wonderful πŸ™‚

  14. Amanda says:

    All of the flavors here are all up my alley! This looks so good. And nothing beats crispy tofu!

  15. Mexican! Always hits the spot! And usually Indian does too, mmm so many fantastic flavours here πŸ˜€ Those photos are fantastic, such a feel good light to them! xx

  16. These lettuce boats look and sound so tasty!

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