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{ Recipe | Pork Thai Lettuce Wraps }

While doing the Whole 30, I realized how little I like/need bread.

Not just because bread makes me gassier than a hot air balloon, or because I can gorge myself on it and still be hungry, but because it doesn’t satisfy me.

Pretty much  my entire life, I have been a bread-a-holic. Not healthy, sprouted grain breads either. I’m talking white, sourdough baguettes dipped in balsamic and olive oil… eat your heart out style bread.

Bread doesn’t do me any favors, and I enjoy toasted garlic chips as much as the next person, but my body doesn’t appreciate my sentiments.

When I started the Whole 30, I *thought* bread would be the hardest for me to give up.

I will happily admit I was wrong!

I loved finding alternatives for my bread-diction. One favorite was lettuce as a bun/shell/what have you! It gave a little bit of crunch, provided a pretty stable shell, and was just delicious!

I’m not talking Iceberg lettuce, but leafy, romaine or green lettuce. Deliciousness in a bite.

So here’s a recipe that I adapted from a Paleo E-meals recipe.



{ Pork Thai Lettuce Wraps }
A delicious alternative to a tortilla shell!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  2. 1⁄2 small onion, minced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 12 oz ground pork (we used grass fed, pasture raised from ONF- so delicious)
  5. 2 tablespoons coconut aminos (or sub soy sauce)
  6. 1⁄2 tablespoon organic tomato paste (sub Thai chili paste)
  7. 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
  8. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  9. 1 head romaine lettuce
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onion and garlic; cook 4 minutes or until browned.
  3. Stir in pork, coconut aminos and tomato paste with chili powder mixed in.
  4. Cook 8 minutes or until pork is browned, stirring to crumble.
  5. Stir in basil.
  6. Separate lettuce leaves, and fill leaves evenly with pork mixture.
  1. Serve with avocado sauce on top, and diced tomatoes!
Adapted from Emeals- Paleo
Adapted from Emeals- Paleo
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It’s pretty much a party in the mouth after the first bite, so enjoy!


Leave a comment on your favorite ways to use lettuce as a wrapper for your food! Tacos? Burgers? You name it!

My Real Whole 30: Day 1

Today was day 5 of working out GPPfitness style. WOW.

My arms are noodles after the last two days of workouts, and today’s workout was abdominally centered. Whew!

Getting up early and getting to the gym first thing before the sun rises is truly wonderful. I appreciate all of that quiet time in the car alone, showering in peace, and making breakfast before the boys rise.

I DO wish I could drive to Rogers every day.

My wonderful friend is helping me with modifications and inspiration; however, I would LOVE to see others rocking these workouts. I am definitely not the most fit right now, and I seek inspiration daily to give me motivation. Also, sometimes I wonder if I’m doing it right… so I am relying on the mirror, GPP YouTube videos, etc for proper form so I don’t injure myself!


I said I would post it… so here it is! My “before.”



(this is super embarrassing for me, but I wanted to share because it’s real)
In a couple of months, I am going to have a couple of killer “during/after” photos to share with you and I can’t wait.


So yesterday, after I had perfected my menu for the week, and researched all of the ingredients in the products I was looking for, I headed to ONF, and got my shop on. It was exciting to spend most of our time in the produce section. While my groceries were still a little more expensive than shopping at a “Big Box” store, I know all of my produce is organic, happy, healthy whole food. We did get some fish oil (sans sugar in the ingredients list) and Ghee (clarified all natural organic butter) for cooking. Today is going to consist of freezing some fresh tomato sauce, and blanching green beans for the freezer as well!

IMG_7651(just so you don’t think shopping was easy… this was my shopping partner yesterday. Even with a grumpy toddler, I DIDN’T relent to sugary, processed yuck)


Here we are at today. Breakfast. Delicious.

After an awesome workout this morning, I fueled up with a healthy stack of goodness.

Thursday, August 1, 2013- Day 1:

Sweet Potato Hash
Runny Egg 
Avocado and Lemon Sauce
Pineapple (not pictured)
Steeped Orange Spice Tea (sans sweetener or honey)

Now… I left my kiddo eating oatmeal so I could come write this post, and now it’s entirely too quiet.

I’ll follow up with what is sure to be sheer terror. I’m imagining oatmeal smeared surfaces, the dogs covered in oats, and a sticky kid. You get the picture. Pretty sure it’s going to happen, and that’s okay. I got to blog.

See you tomorrow! (possibly.. if my carpet is salvageable enough to withstand another blog post). Have I mentioned I can’t wait to get wood floors?




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