You know I love a good lunch, right? I’m always looking for a lunch recipe idea that will fill me up and keep me going until dinner. It has to be easy, healthy, tasty and usually low in carbohydrates because I like my carbs in the form of popcorn thankyouverymuch. I made this twice last week and I’ve already had it once this week, it may be my new favorite whole30/paleo/watching what I eat lunch.


I have kosher salt sprinkled on mine!

I’ve been in the habit of making lettuce wraps since I was a kid, back then we’d have tuna tacos
for lunch at least once a week. It’s a habit that’s stuck with me through my adult life, if I can wrap in lettuce I will do it. Now don’t get me wrong I love a good crusty bread made into a sandwich but I also truly enjoy having more filling if I don’t eat bread. As I’ve been exploring the grain free life I keep coming back to “I want a sandwich” but I realized I don’t really want a sandwich I want something I can pick up and eat. With these Chinese 5 Spice Beef Lettuce Wraps you can do that.


Chinese 5 Spice Beef Lettuce Wraps

Course: Lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian Inspired, Paleo, Whole30


  • 8 ounces of ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese 5 Spice powder start with only half this amount and then add to taste
  • 2 TBSP water
  • 2 carrots shredded
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger peeled and minced
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 splash of chili oil optional
  • 2 hearts of romaine separated into about 16 or so boats and chop or tear the rest into salad size bites separated into about 16 or so boats and chop or tear the rest into salad size bites


  • cook the beef in a large pot over medium high heat until browned-I use a large pot to avoid spattered grease
  • once the beef is browned drain the grease
  • return the pan to the heat and add the Chinese 5 spice powder and the water
  • stir to combine and let it cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until the water is mostly gone
  • add the carrot, celery and sesame oil to the pan cook another 1-2 minutes
  • taste for salt and pepper, add if needed
  • place the chopped romaine salad in two bowls
  • pour the hot beef over the lettuce in each bowl and stir to combine, add a splash of chili oil if using
  • serve hot with romaine lettuce boats/wraps
  • serves 2


A few notes * so these make variable amounts, if you have big huge romaine leaves you may get less wraps, use your judgment on how much lettuce to use as wraps and how much to chop-I had around 1cup of chopped lettuce per person *add 1/2 the 5 spice powder and let it cook once it cooks down a bit taste and add more as desired, you may discover you like a lot more flavor in your beef *Chinese 5 spice powder can be found in most grocery stores, here's a 5 Spice on Amazon (affiliate link, I earn a few pennies if you click it and buy the product) or you can make your own by grinding fennel, cloves, white pepper, cinnamon and star anise *Chili Oil can also be found in most grocery stores, if not try this Chili Oil(affiliate link), we were given a bottle made for us by my husband's wonderful parents, it is so good, but remember a little goes a long way! *add more or less of any of the spices in the recipe *another stellar addition would be fresh cilantro