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Lettuce Cups with Lentils and Rice

Lettuce Cups with Lentils and Rice

Let me introduce you to one of my latest creations. I am not sure what category would they fall into, this Lettuce Cups with Lentils and Rice can either be an entree, a snack or if you're after a salad, this is a great alternative as well. 

Let me tell you why they are such a good option for any meal regardless of how you decide they'll serve you best. This is a great low calorie recipe packed with a good amount of plant base protein and we are using all fresh ingredients to make sure we get as many nutrients as possible, leaving out any processed food, sugar, and empty carbs. 

Lettuce Cups with Lentils and Rice ingredients

This little cups are super fun to eat and a great to enjoy with friends or at a gathering, you won't need any plates to serve this dish, you can place all the individual leafs packed with the lentils mix in a big platter and have people use their hands to eat them, a bit of rolling might be required though. It will save you a ton of time when it's time to clean up after everyone's gone and as I said, it's so much more fun than having a salad on a plate.

If you need just a few cups to feed your family or a lot to feed a whole party you can easily adjust this recipe to serve your needs, I do suggest that whatever you are going for, buy only one iceberg lettuce, it will get you pretty far since we are only using one leaf per cup.

Lettuce Cups with Lentils and Rice ingredients chopped

As I mentioned before, this is a low calorie meal, with 413 calories per serving and about 20g of proteins per cup, it's a super healthy option for people wanting to manage their weight. Opting for lean protein sources, like lentils is a great way to pack on nutrients and get enough fuel for you to keep up with what the day brings your way. 

There is also some brown rice in this recipe, which is highly nutritious and a much better option than white rice. It is a good source of fiber and since it is a complex carb, you won't feel hungry for a while and it will give you a good energy boost.

Give this cups a try, you are gonna love how little mess is left once you are done feasting on them!  

Lettuce Cups with Lentils and Rice

Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 4
Allergens: Avocado


For the rice

  • ½ cup brown rice
  • 1 cup water

For the lentils

  • 1 dash black pepper (ground)
  • ½ cup brown lentils
  • ½ tsp sea salt

For the avocado cream

  • ½ avocado (mashed)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 2 tbsps water

For the topping

  • 4 tablespoons crushed almonds (roasted)

For the vegetables

  • ½ cucumber (chopped)
  • 8 heads iceberg lettuce (washed and carefully dried)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper (chopped)


  1. Use a big pot and boil the lentils in the water until soft for about 30 min.
  2. Use another pot and cook the rice with the double amount of water until soft for 30 minutes as well.
  3. After the lentils are cooked add salt and pepper to it and mix it with the rice, bell pepper and cucumber.
  4. Add the rice and lentil mix to the lettuce leaf.
  5. For the avocado cream use a fork or a spoon and mix all the ingredients well, add a bit more water if necessary and sprinkle the cream on top lettuce cup.
  6. Before serving add the topping, enjoy!

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