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Broken ribs, Thai Lettuce Wraps

By Robyn Openshaw, MSW | Jun 22, 2011

Day 4. It turns out I have a couple of broken ribs. Good times! Ice and heat, ice and heat, and this morning seems a bit better than the past few days. But I am going to Boise and Twin Falls anyway, in 2 days!

One more recipe from Michelle’s garden to deal with the lettuce onslaught, one of my favorite things, Thai Lettuce Wraps:

Thai Lettuce Wraps

1 head lettuce – any kind, but a firmer leaf works better

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 thumb size piece of ginger, grated

1 red chili de-seeded and finely sliced (you can leave this out if you want it mild)

2 shallots, finely sliced

1 C firm tofu, chopped into small squares

1 carrot, grated

1 egg white, organic, free range

1/2 C shredded red cabbage

3 green onions

2 C larger sprouts (bean, sunflower)

3  T lime juice

2 T Nama Shoyu

2 T fish sauce (or more Nama Shoyu – but the fish sauce does make this taste really good!)

1 T agave

2 T olive oil

Put 1 T. oil into wok or large frying pan.   Stir-fry garlic, ginger, chili and shallot for one minute over medium high heat.   Add tofu, carrot, cabbage and green onions and the other T olive oil.   Stir-fry for one more minute.   Add lime juice, Nama Shoyu, fish sauce and agave while stir-frying.   Push ingredients to the side and add the egg white.   Mix in with other ingredients.   Add sprouts, stir and remove from heat.   Taste and add fish sauce or salt if needed.

Serve in lettuce leaves and eat by hand.

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8 thoughts on “Broken ribs, Thai Lettuce Wraps”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I hope you continue to heal and feel better Robyn. Hopefully the broken ribs account for some of the pain. We are so thankful to you for coming to Boise and Twin even though it would be so easy to just say…….NO! You continue to be such an inspiration!



  2. Yes, you take care and take it easy. Broken ribs are no fun…Yes you are an inspiration to so many!


  3. Anonymous says:

    Ouch broken ribs. Guess that really explains the pain. Hang in there Robyn. I broke a couple ribs from Pneumonia years ago from too much coughing and it did take months to fully heal. I recall telling people, ” Please, don’t make me laugh” it hurts so bad. Even a small sneeze killed me. I feel your pain but we all wish you a speedy recovery. Your a trooper.

  4. Anonymous says:

    You have my prayers Robyn. I also broke my ribs coughing when I was a teenager, it was not fun. Remember – it takes TIME and rest for them to heal. I’m sure all of your good eating will speed up the healing process.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Oh Robyn, so sorry to hear about your accident.

    Will most definetly put you in my prayers.

    May God bless you with a speedy recovery.


  6. Anonymous says:

    Sorry to hear of your accident and injuries. Prayers for a speedy recovery coming your way. God bless you.

  7. STOP! you are making me so hungry right now 🙂

  8. Anonymous says:

    What a great recipe! Tried it last night, my husband and I have always loved PFChangs Lettuce Wraps with chicken and MSG and all. I made a few alterations and have a couple suggestions.

    1. Use the Red Cabbage leaves instead of lettuce

    2. Couldn’t find a RED chili, so I used a seeded Jalapeno (we like the kick)

    3. Not fans of Tofu so used Morning Star Farms TVP Grillers Crumbles (more like ground beef)

    4. Changed the Nama Shoy to Organic Tamari … recommend reducing total liquid to 4 -6 Tblsp. e.g., 2 T Lime Juice & 2-3 T Tamari/Fish Sauce

    Thanks for a great recipe!

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