Mary-Katherine Maddox
Mary-Katherine Maddox
How gorgeous and delicious does that look?
Catherine Dowdy, of the UK Cooperative Extension Office in Daviess County, KY, has adapted a recipe from USDA's What's Cooking? Coincidentally, she shared that recipe on my morning show's weekly What's Cookin'? segment.
Here's how to make some delicious, low-cost Lettuce Wraps!


  •  1 pound ground beef
  •  3/4 cup shredded carrots
  •  8 ounces fresh white mushrooms, chopped
  •  1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, chopped and drained*
  •  3 green onions, chopped
  •  1 tablespoon garlic powder
  •  1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  •  1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  •  1/4 teaspoon ginger
  •  1 teaspoon honey
  •  12 lettuce leaves


  1. Brown ground beef in a medium skillet over medium heat. Drain off fat.
  2. Add carrots, mushrooms, water chestnuts, green onions and garlic powder. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until beef is cooked and vegetables are tender.
  3. Add soy sauce, red pepper flakes, ginger and honey. Stir and continue to cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Spoon mixture on lettuce leaves to serve.
Mary-Katherine Maddox
Mary-Katherine Maddox

Catherine's Notes

*Three stalks of chopped celery can be used instead of water chestnuts, if desired.*

All the recipes developed and shared by the UK Cooperative Extension are designed to be healthy and affordable. The goal is to give parents access to nutritious and filling recipes that can feed lots of 'baby birds' for a reasonable price. The cost of Catherine's Lettuce Wrap recipe breaks down like this. The recipe makes a total of six servings and each serving is two wraps. The entire recipe costs $9.62 which makes the cost per serving just $1.60.

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