Low-Carb Gluten Free Taco Recipe

Lettuce get right down to it – we love tacos! We also get a lot of customers who ask us for great low-carb recipes and gluten free options. Here’s a recipe for tacos that’s tasty and fits your diet! Plus, this recipe is fully customizable, so you can make it just the way you like it! Lettuce know what you think!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head Live Gourmet Butter Lettuce
  • 1 bag shredded cabbage
  • 2 cups cooked meat (or meat alternative) of your choice (we used chicken)
  • 2 diced tomatoes
  • 1(1/2) cup grated cheese (we used Monterey Jack)
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Red bell pepper
  • 1 Poblano Chili Pepper
  • Salsa of your choice
  • 2 tbs Oil of your choice (we used Olive)

Directions:

    1. Cook and shred or dice your 2 cups of meat. Season with salt and pepper. Put into a bowl.
    2. Thinly slice the onions and peppers, then put them all in a pan and sauté with two tablespoons of oil until soft. Season with salt and pepper. Put into a bowl.
    3. Put the remaining ingredients in separate bowls. Serve buffet style, using the Butter Lettuce leaves as taco shells.

(Be careful not to over-stuff or in any other way rip the lettuce leaves or you’re going to have a hard time eating your tacos).

Serves 4.

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Nutritious and Delicious: Upland Cress

At Live Gourmet we have a saying when it comes to our Upland Cress, “Good things come in small packages”. Upland cress is a leafy green veggie that is technically one of the most nutritious vegetables out there. Not only is it a good source of calcium but it’s packed with other vitamins and minerals including Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Get cooking in the kitchen with a recipe from Savor California for Watercress Soup (you can also use Upland Cress in recipes that call for watercress.) Mmm…delicious!

Watercress Soup

Ingredients:
• 4 Tablespoons sweet butter

• 2 cups finely chopped yellow onions

• 1/2 cup minced shallots

• 3 cups chicken broth

• 1 medium potato, peeled and diced

• 4 bunches Live Gourmet Upland Cress (Upland cress can be used in recipes that call for watercress)

• 1 cup heavy cream

• To taste salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions: Melt butter in a heavy pot. Add the onions and shallots and cook, covered over low heat until tender and lightly colored, about 25 minutes. Add chicken broth and the potato, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until potato is very tender, about 20 minutes. While stock is cooking, remove the leaves and tender stems from the watercress and rinse. When potato is tender, add watercress (or upland cress) to the pot, cover, remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Strain the solids out, reserving the cooking liquid. Purée the solids in a food processor or blender. Add back 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Continue processing until smooth.  Return purée to the pot, stir in the heavy cream and add additional cooking liquid until soup is the desired consistency, 1/2 to 1 cup. Season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer until just heated through. For more information about Savor California the online showcase for extraordinary gourmet foods and beverages from California visit www.savorcalifornia.com

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Live Gourmet Chef Spotlight: Jill Silverman Hough


Chef Jill Silverman Hough is a food writer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor whose specialty is making food and cooking simple, special, and satisfying. 

“A recipe doesn’t have to be complicated to be indulgent,” she says. “Sprinkle a roast chicken with lavender, substitute dried cherries for raisins in a batch of oatmeal cookies, serve grilled salmon on a bed of arugula—all these things take almost no effort, yet they’ll make your otherwise ordinary dishes taste and feel like fancy food.”  With a fresh, friendly, and encouraging voice and recipes that quickly and easily deliver casual elegance, Chef Hough makes creativity in the kitchen and delight at the table totally accessible to home chefs.

Her work has appeared in Bon Appétit, Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, Country Home, Clean Eating, and Napa Sonoma magazines. Her recent cookbook, “100 Perfect Pairings: Main Dishes to Enjoy with Wines You Love” was published in April 2011.  Chef Hough also loves cooking with Live Gourmet lettuce and leafy greens, please enjoy her delicious recipe for Mini Butter Lettuce Taco Salads below.

Mini Butter Lettuce Taco Salads Recipe

Ingredients:
    •    2 6- to-7-inch yellow corn tortillas
    •    1/2 cup canola or other flavorless oil
    •    Salt
    •    1 head Live Gourmet Living Butter Lettuce
    •    1 15-ounce can black beans, drained
    •    8 ounces cooked chicken, shredded or cut into 1/2-inch dice
    •    1 cup salsa
    •    3 ounces queso fresco, crumbled (see note)
    •    2 scallions, white and pale green parts only, thinly sliced

Instructions: Cut tortillas into 1/4-by-1 1/2-inch strips. In a 10-inch skillet over high heat, heat oil until a tortilla strip added to the skillet immediately sizzles. Add remaining strips and cook 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, or until golden and crisp (use a slotted spoon to turn occasionally). Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and generously sprinkle with salt. Set aside to cool.

Remove 4 large outer leaves from Live Gourmet Butter Lettuce and arrange on plates to resemble taco “shells.” Shred remaining lettuce, dividing it among plates. Top lettuce with beans, chicken, salsa, queso fresco, scallions, and tortilla strips, dividing ingredients evenly. Serve immediately.

Serves 4 as an appetizer.

Note: These first-course salads are topped with homemade tortilla strips. If you’re short on time, substitute crumbled chips. Queso fresco is a fresh, mild Mexican cheese. If you can’t find it at your supermarket, try a Latin market or substitute shredded Jack.

You can follow Chef Hough on Twitter: @JillSHough or get Facebook updates on her page: “100 Perfect Pairings” cookbook.

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A Healthy Appetite: Burger Recipe

At Live Gourmet we love our leafy greens but we also like a great burger too!  A burger is a tasty way to get your daily veggie intake with added lean protein.  This week we’re featuring a recipe that’s perfect for Summer!

California Grillin’
Burger Recipe
    • Fresh Hamburger Buns – Cibatta, Sourdough, Sprouted Wheat.  We recommend hitting your local bakery or grocery store.
    • Freshly Ground Sirloin, Turkey, Veggie, or Soy Burger Patties.
    • Fresh tomato – We suggest trying an organic brand for maximum flavor.
    • Live Gourmet Butter Lettuce or Red Butter Lettuce.  Our Living Butter Lettuce makes a colorful addition to your burger or sandwich.  It’s packed full of calcium and Vitamins A & C. 
    • Grilled onions.

    • Cheese of Choice: Tofutti Soy Cheese, Tillamook Cheddar and Wisconsin.
    • Secret sauce – Vegenaise + Balsamic Vinegar mixed together well then smeared on both buns.

      The final steps are easy: 
      #1. Grill your Burger Patty #2. Assemble veggies, cheese, secret sauce #3. Take a Bite!

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      Getting Fresh with a Salmon Fillet and Butter Lettuce Recipe

      Salmon Enchanted Evening
      At Live Gourmet we pride ourselves on growing the freshest Living Butter Lettuce.  The best part about growing butter lettuce is hearing from our happy customers.  Lisa Harris of Thousand Oaks, California was making a Sunday dinner with her husband and wanted to show us just how easy it is to make her recipe.
      Best Butter Lettuce Recipe – Salmon Fillet with Veggies and Butter Lettuce Salad (from customer, Lisa Harris of Thousand Oaks, California)
      While my husband was off grilling the salmon, I started the plate with chopped Live Gourmet Butter Lettuce and thinly sliced cucumbers.
      Butter Lettuce Salad with cucumbers
      Then I added sliced Heirloom tomatoes – progress!
      Butter Lettuce, cucumbers and Heirloom tomatoes
      I sauteed up shitake mushrooms in red wine and butter in one pan and zucchini squash with red bell pepper in another pan with white wine and butter.
      Butter Lettuce Salad with Salmon and sauteed Vegetables
      When the salmon was grilled (thanks hubby!) I poured the mushrooms and wine on the salmon and added the veggies to the plate and dressed the salad with Girard’s Salad Dressing in Champagne!
      Girard’s Champagne Salad Dressing helps dress-up this dish
      It was a perfect end to a lovely weekend.  The butter lettuce salad added great freshness!
      Voila! Dinner for Two
      You butter share your lettuce recipes with us too!  
      If you have good eats to share, send us your favorite recipes at info@livegourmet.com 
      We would love to feature you on our Lettuce Be Fresh Blog!