When you think of lettuce wraps, you think of an appetizer. You can easily make this recipe into an appetizer; however, while this recipe includes pork and noodles, it quickly turns into an easy and healthy meal! The best part about this recipe is that you can turn it into a bowl, instead of a lettuce wrap. You can use chicken, or tofu, instead of pork. You can also omit the noodles if you are watching carbs (although I think the noodles are what make this dish unique and filling). You can make this recipe your own!
The best part about this noodle-bowl recipe is that it is quick and easy! The filling is also just as good the next day!
Noodle-Bowl Lettuce Wraps
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound prepped vegetables, such as cucumber, bell pepper and mushroom slices (really any veggie you want)
2 small heads butter lettuce, leaves separated
One 3-ounce package instant ramen (discard seasoning packet)
1 tablespoon oil (any kind) plus 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
8 ounces 1/2-inch-thick boneless center-cut loin pork chops, sliced 1/8 inch thick on an angle
4 teaspoons hoisin sauce
Asian-style salad dressing, such as sesame-ginger, miso or sweet chili (I used sesame ginger)
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Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Slice the cucumber rounds and bell peppers into bite size pieces. Any other vegetables you have, also cut into bite size pieces. Add all the vegetables into a large serving bowl, or arrange on a large platter.
Add the ramen to the boiling water and cook, stirring once or twice to separate, for about 90 seconds. Strain, transfer to a small bowl, toss with 1/2 teaspoon of the oil and add to the bowl or platter with the vegetables.
Toss the pork with the hoisin sauce in a medium bowl, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a medium nonstick skillet over high heat until almost smoking. Add the pork and stir-fry until the hoisin sauce chars a bit, about 45 seconds. Transfer the pork to the platter or bowl with the vegetables.
To serve, have everyone fill their lettuce leaves with noodles, pork and vegetables, and top with a splash of dressing.