Mediterranean Lettuce Cups

  February 25, 2015  |    Blog>Recipes

If you’ve ever had a nice, crunchy lettuce cup, then you likely love it like we do! Whether you’ve had one before or not, you’ll love this one—it puts a new spin on an old favorite, by taking a trip to the Mediterranean! These low calorie cups are anything but bland, and they are fun to make. These cups are crisp, refreshing and creamy all at once. Sprinkle on some feta cheese, and lettuce cups just got elevated to a whole new level. At a restaurant lettuce cups can have upwards of 1000 mg of sodium in a serving! These lettuce cups clock in at a fifth of that, so you won’t be feeling puffy when you are eating your lettuce cups on the Grecian coast. What else makes these your not-so-average lettuce cup?

Love Mediterranean food like we do?  Try some of our faves: Greek Quinoa Salad, Mediterranean Fish TacosMediterranean Style Eggs with Kalamata Olives

 

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Hydrating cucumber and tomato help to flush away bloat and restore normal fluid balance with their high potassium and water content. They also fill you up while still being low in calories. Not to mention, tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, which fights the free radicals that cause cellular damage. Talk about a one, two punch!

 

Avocado lends a creamy texture and a whole slew of benefits. This fruit is a source of monounsaturated fat which has been shown to lower “bad” cholesterol and protects against heart disease. Avos are also a good source of fiber, which keeps you fuller longer, and helps keep your gut healthy and regular. (This means less bloating and discomfort). Flat tummy, here we come!

 

These lettuce cups make an impressive appetizer for parties, or you can eat them instead of a salad with lunch or dinner. No matter when or where you eat them (they are portable little cups, after all), there is no denying you will feel like you are dining somewhere far off in the Mediterranean. Dinner can’t come soon enough!

Mediterranean Lettuce Cups

 

Serves 4 (makes 12 lettuce cups)

 

Ingredients:

1 head of butter lettuce

1 cucumber

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1 avocado

4 Tbs hummus

4 Tbs crumbled feta cheese

Parsley, for garnish

 

Directions:

  1. After washing all produce, chop cucumber into bite-sized chunks.
  2. Slice tomatoes in half, and dice avocado.
  3. Take a leaf of butter lettuce, and spread a teaspoon of hummus onto the center of the leaf.
  4. Add cucumber, tomato, and avocado to the lettuce cup.
  5. Sprinkle a teaspoon of feta cheese over the lettuce cup. Add chopped parsley to garnish. Bon Appetit!

 

Nutrition per serving (3 lettuce cups)

 

132 Calories  11 g carbs      5 g protein     9 g fat      5 g fiber    7 g sugar

197 mg sodium

Mediterranean Lettuce Cups
 
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Serves: 12 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 head of butter lettuce
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 4 Tbs hummus
  • 4 Tbs crumbled feta cheese
  • Parsley, for garnish
Instructions
  1. After washing all produce, chop cucumber into bite-sized chunks.
  2. Slice tomatoes in half, and dice avocado.
  3. Take a leaf of butter lettuce, and spread a teaspoon of hummus onto the center of the leaf.
  4. Add cucumber, tomato, and avocado to the lettuce cup.
  5. Sprinkle a teaspoon of feta cheese over the lettuce cup. Add chopped parsley to garnish. Bon Appetit!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 cups Calories: 132 Fat: 9 g Carbohydrates: 11 g Sugar: 7 g Sodium: 197 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 5 g

 

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