Leftover Thanksgiving Lettuce Wraps

Amie Valpone’s clean eating journey began 10 years with an unexplained illness and then, with a complete and total clean eating detox, she reversed her symptoms. She’s now sharing her story in a new cookbook, Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation and Reset Your Body. Today’s she’s sharing a post-Thanksgiving de-bloat recipe that would be lovely to eat anytime of the year. Enjoy!

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The days after Thanksgiving leaves most people bloated and uncomfortable from all the rich foods they ate on good old Turkey Day. No need to have guilt about all the pumpkin pie you ate! You can start off your post-Thanksgiving days with a clean meal made with whole grains, healthy fats, protein and antioxidants to fuel you from Black Friday all the way through Cyber Monday.

Here’s a super simple recipe that includes many of the leftovers you have in your fridge from Thanksgiving. Feel free to add your leftover turkey in here, as well for an extra boost of protein.


Leftover Thanksgiving Lettuce Wraps

*Serves 2-4


4 large bib lettuce leaves or Napa cabbage leaves
2 cups finely chopped flat kale
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 cup cooked quinoa or wild rice (or other leftover whole grain)
1 cup mashed sweet potato (or other leftover mashed vegetable such as butternut squash)
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
2 tbsp chopped walnuts
Juice of 1 large lemon
Lemon zest, to taste


Lay the lettuce or cabbage leaves on a flat surface facing up. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the kale and the oil and use your hands to ‘massage’ the kale until its soft and tender and dark green. Season to taste with salt and pepper and add it to the lettuce or cabbage leaves. Add the quinoa, mashed sweet potato, avocado and walnuts. Drizzle with lemon juice and garnish with lemon zest and serve. Season to taste with more salt and pepper, as needed.

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Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of www.TheHealthyApple.com; she is a Manhattan based Celebrity Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Writer and Motivational Speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘Clean’ recipes.  Visit Amie on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest