Quick and Easy Stir-Fried Garlic Lettuce

Stir-Fried-Garlic-Lettuce-RecipeI know what you’re thinking – Stir-fried lettuce? Boring!  I thought the same.  But the holidays are over, and who wants to cook?  Not me.  So I whipped up this recipe and was pleasantly surprised by how flavorful and satisfying it was.  I’m a huge fan of shabu-shabu*, or hot pot cooking, and this dish emulates those flavors.  Which is to say, it’s garlicky and soy saucy – two of my favorite flavor profiles 😉  I served it over cooked quinoa (a natural superfood and detoxifier, perfect for post-holiday meals).

*Fun fact, “shabu-shabu” is not to be confused with “shabu,” which is a slang term for meth in Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia.  Eeek.

I’m not even giving you a perfectly exact recipe for this meal because it’s so easy, so here’s what you’ll need:

1-2 tbsp unrefined sesame oil
Teaspoon of chopped garlic (jarred is fine)
A few handfuls of romaine lettuce, chopped into ~1″ pieces
A few dashes of low sodium soy sauce
1 cup cooked quinoa

Heat sesame oil in a skillet, add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds, add the lettuce.  When the lettuce begins to soften add a few dashes of soy sauce (don’t overdo it!).  Cook to desired doneness – more cooking softens the lettuce, less cooking retains a bit of crunch.   Serve over quinoa and enjoy!


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