Balsamic Chickpea Lettuce Wraps

June 9, 2021
There has been a heat wave in New England for the past few days and my body has been craving nothing but water and fresh fruit. When the air gets hot and humid, it’s important to stay hydrated, and the easiest way to do this is by consuming foods made up of mostly water. Fresh produce also gives your body a nice boost of energy instead of filling you up and slowing you down. It will also help your skin to stay feeing nice and cool and it will help it to glow radiantly.

I soaked my fruit in a balsamic honey marinade before layering it into my wraps and this gave it the ultimate boost of flavor. I also added chickpeas to make a more rounded but light meal. You can play around with the fruit filling, adding blackberries, raspberries, cherries, or whatever other summer fruit you like.

Balsamic Chickpea Lettuce Wraps

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  • 1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp raw honey
  • 12 oz blueberries
  • 16 oz diced strawberries
  • 1 15oz can chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup diced shallots
  • 1/4 cup crushed pecans
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint, shredded
  • to taste salt & pepper
  • 6–8 lettuce leaves
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Directions

1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the balsamic, sugar, and honey.

2. Toss the fruit in a large bowl and pour the vinegar honey mix over it. Stir well and let sit in the fridge for about 15 minutes, to let the flavors infuse.

3. Remove from fridge and stir in the chickpeas, shallots, pecans, and mint. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Scoop into the lettuce wraps and serve.

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Lauren is a homebody who likes to spend time with her cat, explore new ideas in the kitchen, relax in the sun with a good book, and promote healthy living to friends and family.

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