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Mayo-free Creamy Tuna Lettuce Wraps

These Mayo-free Creamy Tuna Lettuce Wraps make such an easy, healthy and delicious lunch for busy days. Make up a batch of the tuna in advance and eat it throughout the week! Perfect to pack in your lunch bag as a lighter lower carb option. {Gluten-free, Dairy-free & Paleo}
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Course: lunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Soaking time: 2 hours
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 lettuce wraps
Calories: 101kcal
Author: Elysia

Ingredients

  • 2 5 oz cans tuna, packed in water
  • 2 ribs of celery diced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced (green and white parts)
  • 8 Bibb , Boston, or romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 cup finely diced dill pickles (optional)

For the Creamy sauce:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted cashews soaked in water for at least 2 hours
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, measure out cashews and allow them to soak in water for at least two hours. In a blender or magic bullet, blend all of the ingredients for the cream sauce until smooth.
  • In a bowl or container, break up tuna with a fork. Add in diced celery, carrots, and green onion and diced pickles, if desired.
  • Add the cream sauce to the tuna mixture and mix until well combined. Evenly distribute mixture into Bibb, Boston or romaine lettuce leaves. Serve immediately or store tuna mixture in fridge for later use.

Notes

*Be sure that you soak the cashews in water for a couple of hours. I usually just measure out the cashews when I get up in the morning and let them sit in some water for the day so they’re good to go for when I’m ready to make the sauce.
*I recommend using a high power blender, Ninja or magic bullet to get the smoothest and creamiest sauce. I’ve tried using a food processor but I find it doesn’t make it super smooth and sometimes small chunks of cashews still remain, which is not the consistency we’re going for.
*You can also make double the amount of cream sauce and use it as a replacement for sauce in all of your favourite creamy-based dishes.

Nutrition

Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 6785IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 3mg
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