Beef & Mushroom Thai Lettuce Cups
Cuisine: Thai
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Serves: 4-6
Kids Cook! Get your kids involved in the kitchen by having them help out with this recipe. Here’s what they can do!* Kids can help wipe clean the mushrooms with a damp tea towel or paper towel. While you're in the kitchen together, it's a great time to catch up on each other's day too. Handling mushrooms is a baby step for reluctant mushroom eaters to give them a try.

Dietitian's Tip: Lettuce cups are a great way to work a little more vegetables into our day. Kids 4-13 years of age need 5-6 servings of vegetables and fruit a day. A good way to help them get enough is to offer vegetables and fruit with each meal and snack. Juicy orange segments and red pepper strips would make a couple quick and colourful side dishes here.
  • 1 lb (500 g) ground beef
  • 1 ½ cups (375 mL) cremini or button mushrooms, finely chopped
  • ½ cup (125 mL) onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) sodium-reduced soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) rice wine vinegar
  • 5 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) gingerroot, minced
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) sriracha sauce (or as much as you like)
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) sesame oil
  • lettuce leaves
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) peanuts, chopped (optional, omit if sending leftovers to school for lunch)
  1. Cook ground beef, mushrooms and onion in large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up beef with back of spoon, until cooked through and much of the liquid has evaporated. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, gingerroot and Sriracha sauce. Pour over cooked meat mixture and heat through.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in green onion and sesame oil.
  4. Serve spooned into lettuce leaves and top with peanuts (if using) and additional Sriracha sauce.
Time-saving tip:
Mince garlic, ginger, mushrooms and onion in the food processor.

Please Note
*All the “Kid’s Cook!” ideas are meant as a guide only. You know what your child can safely manage. Make sure they understand your rules for working in the kitchen safely and always supervise kids in the kitchen. Remember, our goal is to get kids back in the kitchen to cook some more so have some fun.
Recipe by Yummy Lunch Club at