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12 May, 2016

Kid’s Friendly Lettuce Wraps for Diabetes Friendly Thursdays

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Celebrate the month of May with Team DFT, indulging on some delicious and hearty wraps that are diabetic friendly and weight watchers friendly.

I have a delicious lettuce wrap that is even kid friendly, as it was well appreciated by kids in my house! The filling is made with quinoa and sweet potato, both very nutritious and rich in vitamins. What’s more interesting is that you can make this as a snack, an appetizer or part of a meal. The lettuce makes it light enough to be a great snack.


What is great about quinoa is that it is gluten-free for those who cannot eat wheat based wraps. It is also rich in protein and low in carbs, hence perfect for diabetic people. Sweet potato is a “super food” vegetable, high in beta carotene, vitamins A, B, C and minerals. Although it is sweet, has potential to reduce blood sugar. Check for more nutrition fact here.

The combination of quinoa and sweet potato is great because sweet potato acts as a binder for the quinoa and at the same time does not make it too mushy if the right amount is used. Mint and cilantro add enough flavor to make it appetizing.

Take a look at the filling preparation:


Lettuce Wrap with Quinoa-Sweet Potato filling

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Time: 35 minutes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Romaine lettuce- 1-2 bunches

quinoa- 1/2 cup

sweet potato- 1 small or a few pieces of a large one

chopped onion- 1/3 cup

grated ginger- 1/2 tsp.

chopped mint leaves- a few

chopped cilantro- a few

coconut oil- 1 tsp.


red chilly powder- 1/4 tsp.

coriander/ dhaniya powder- 1/2 tsp.

turmeric powder- a pinch

Sriracha sauce for garnish (optional, check for added sugar)


1. Cook the 1/2 cup of quinoa in a pressure cooker with 3/4 cup of water.

2. Also cook the sweet potato with the peel in the pressure cooker, with no added water with the vegetable. Allow the cooker to blow only one whistle. Alternatively, the sweet potato can be cooked in a pan.

3. Peel the cooked sweet potato slices and mash them. 

3. In a wide pan, add 1 tsp. oil, saute grated ginger and chopped onions; add turmeric powder. 

4. Add cooked quinoa, sweet potato and mix well. Make sure to spread the mixture so that it is not sticky.

5. Add the rest of the spices, salt, chopped cilantro and mint. Turn off the heat and mix till the filling is good enough to be spread inside the wrap.

6. Wash the tender leaves from the inside of a bunch of lettuce, arrange on a plate and spread the filling. Use beet stalks or slender carrots to prop them up.

7. Garnish with more cilantro leaves, and lightly add Sriracha sauce if needed. Kids may not like the added heat, though!


 Linking at the Plant Based Linky #85 at Urban Naturale. Also taking these beauties to Fiesta Friday #119 co-hosted by Ahila @ A Taste of Srilankan Cuisine and Dianne @ Goats and Greens.


I am not a nutritionist or dietician. My knowledge and information is based on my research and reading from different resources. Please consult your doctor or dietician before making any changes to your diet.

Check out all the other DFT recipes from my friends:

1. Sonal: Moong Cheela with Tandoori Veg Filling

2. Swati: Egg White Salad with Whole Wheat Tortilla Wrap

3. Shailja:  Masoor Cheela Tex Mex Wrap

4. Suchitra: Pancharatan Dosa Wrap

5. Sarika: Moong Dal Kebab Wrap

6. Parvathy: Chicken and Pesto in Buckwheat Wrap


24 thoughts on : Kid’s Friendly Lettuce Wraps for Diabetes Friendly Thursdays

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  • May 12, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    What a great and hearty wrap Apsara! Absolutely in love with it. I still
    Have to experiment with sweet potato 🙂

    • apsara
      May 15, 2016 at 4:41 am

      Thanks, dear. Yes, I absolutely love sweet potato, it is so versatile.

  • Swati
    May 12, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Loved the recipe Apsara .. So healthy and nutritious!

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  • Lee
    May 13, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Apsara, these look delicious! Pinning them for later.

    • apsara
      May 15, 2016 at 4:43 am

      Thank you, Lee. I do hope you try these. Thanks for stopping by!

  • May 13, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    This looks like a great finger food recipe, and I’m eager to be around and testing this out! Sweet potatoes are so versatile.

    When I first saw the photo, I thought you were stuffing endive leaves — which would also work with this. This is a great recipe for Fiesta Friday, thanks.

  • parvathy
    May 14, 2016 at 1:23 am

    love it especially the smart usage of lettuce as the wrap . the combo of sweet potato & quinoa is excellent

    • apsara
      May 15, 2016 at 4:40 am

      Thank you, Paro.

  • May 14, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Not just kid friendly, but also for adults who prefer snack type meals. I used to make healthy lettuce wraps for my mother. I like the mix of herbs and spices you have used for the filling. Thanks for bring the tasty, DB lettuce wraps to the fiesta, Apsara! 🙂

    • apsara
      May 14, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      thank you so much, Ahila. Yes, this is a nice any-time finger food.

  • May 15, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Loved your healthy twist of using lettuce on the regular wrap Apsara …

    • apsara
      May 15, 2016 at 4:45 am

      Thank you, Shailja.

  • May 15, 2016 at 3:47 am

    This is a great recipe for kids. I should try this with mine. 🙂

    • apsara
      May 15, 2016 at 4:45 am

      I’m sure they will love it! Do let me know if you try them, Sadia. Thank you for visiting!

  • May 15, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    I am a huge quinoa fan. I have made quinoa-sweet potato cutlets before. Love the idea of making a wrap, that too with lettuce! Will definitely try this!

  • May 16, 2016 at 2:29 am

    Apsara, gorgeous looking wraps and love the filling. I havent used sweet potato much but love quinoa…

  • May 19, 2016 at 12:59 am

    This Lettuce Wrap with Quinoa-Sweet Potato filling is my kind of happy, hearty, healthy dish. Thank you for sharing it with us at the Plant-based Potluck Party. I’m Pinning and sharing this!

    • apsara
      May 19, 2016 at 1:12 am

      Thank you, Deborah. I’m so glad you like these. Thank you for the opportunity to link up.

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  • Anu
    July 12, 2016 at 7:23 am

    The filling is really good!!

    • apsara
      July 22, 2016 at 2:37 am

      Thank you!

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