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Sweet Chinese Minced Pork in Crunchy Wraps

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Sweet Chinese Minced Pork in Crunchy Wraps

Sweet Chinese Minced Pork in Crunchy Wraps

Jessica Braider
This Chinese delight, from longtime Scramble fan Sherry Ettleson, is a family-friendly way to get healthy tofu into your diet. If you prefer, use tortillas instead of lettuce leaves as wrappers, or use both (the leaves inside of tortillas).
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth (or use any variety)
  • 1 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced, about 1 tsp.
  • 2 - 3 tsp. fresh ginger peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup shredded (matchstick cut) carrots
  • 6 scallions thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. hoisin sauce (sold with Asian foods) or more to taste
  • 1 lb. ground pork, ground turkey, or meatless crumbles
  • 2 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce (or use any variety) (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1 lb. extra-firm tofu drained, wrapped in a clean cloth to absorb extra liquid, and cut into small cubes
  • 10 - 12 large iceberg lettuce leaves

Instructions
 

  • Stir the cornstarch into the broth and set it aside.
  • In a large heavy skillet or wok, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, ginger, carrots, and half of the scallions and stir-fry them for 1 minute.
  • Add the hoisin sauce and meat/crumbles. Stir-fry them for 3 - 5 minutes, until the meat is almost cooked through.
  • Add the soy sauce and broth, and bring it to a low boil.
  • Add the tofu and the remaining scallions. Simmer it for about 5 minutes.
  • At the table, wrap about 1/2 cup of the mixture inside each lettuce leaf (you may need to use two leaves stacked on top of each other to avoid leaks) and eat it like a soft taco.

Slow Cooker Directions

  • Omit the oil. Add all ingredients except the lettuce to the slow cooker, stir well, and cook on low for 7 - 8 hours or on high for 3 1/2 - 4 hours. Serve as directed. (Slow cooker cooking times may vary—Get to know your slow cooker and, if necessary, adjust cooking times accordingly.)

Notes

Do Ahead or Delegate: Peel the garlic, peel and chop the ginger, chop the scallions, shred the carrots if necessary, drain, cut, and wrap the tofu in a clean towel.
Scramble Flavor Booster: Add a little sweet or hot chili sauce or hot Chinese mustard to the wraps.
Tip: According to recent scientific research, chopping, slicing, pressing or mincing garlic before cooking it can increase its health-promoting properties. After prepping your garlic, if time allows (ha! Does that ever happen for "Scrambling" families?), let it sit for 5 - 10 minutes before cooking it. This lets certain compounds and enzymes interact, increasing the nutritional benefits of this pungent bulb.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (with pork) (% based upon daily values): Calories 236, Total Fat: 23g, 35.5%; Saturated Fat: 7g, 33%; Cholesterol: 55mg, 18%; Sodium: 326mg, 13.5%; Total Carbohydrate: 10g, 3.5%; Dietary Fiber: 2g, 7%; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 22g
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Keyword 30 Minutes (or less) Meals, All, Dairy-Free, Fall, Kid-Friendly, Kosher, Low Fat, Low Sodium, Lunch, Main Dish, Nut-Free, Sandwiches/Wraps, Slow Cooker, Snack/Appetizer, Spring, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
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