Asian Chickpea Lettuce Wraps
A few months back I posted this recipe for Spicy Basil Lettuce Chicken Wraps. Made with PF Chang's lettuce wraps in mind, I created the aformentioned recipe as a healthier alternative. PF Chang's version is laden with calories, carbohydrates (22% of your daily recommended value) and unhealthy fats (15% of your daily recommended saturated fat allocation). As an aside, check out LiveStrong.com for more nutritional facts about Pf Chang's lettuce wraps and other restaurant food reviews.
Having not made this in months, my desire to eat an almost entirely meat based dish has gone straight out the window. Whipping up a vegetarian version seemed like the only logical solution. When in doubt, substitute beans for chicken. Which type of beans just depends on the taste you are going for. Chickpeas pack the perfect punch for the vegetarian version of this recipe. They can be broken down into a semi-ground state perfectly and they soak up the asian flavors of this dish, not missing a single beat in the world of hoison, soy and chili sauces, rice vinegar, and basil. The flavorful chickpeas placed on an incredibly fresh piece of lettuce leave little room for cravings. Instead, this recipe leaves you wanting more and more.