Rainbow Lettuce Wraps
These rainbow lettuce wraps are brilliant for little ones because they are so incredibly versatile.
You can get your children involved in every step of making these, from choosing and identifying different vegetables, cheeses or filling items, to cutting (with a child safe knife) to filling, to rolling. It’s a brilliant lesson in food preparation as well as good for fine and gross motor skill development.
The rainbow lettuce wraps can be filled with all sorts – including a variety of fresh vegetables, cheese, chicken, tuna, sprouts, ham or even leftovers from the previous night’s dinner (think cottage pie, spaghetti, stew etc!). It’s a good way to gradually introduce fussier eaters to new textures and food principles using foods they already like and are comfortable with eating. Slowly integrating a larger portion of fresh vegetables (or even cooled cooked vegetables) is a fun way to get your little one appreciating vegetables.
Vegetables don’t have to be boring, steamed or roasted and plonked in the corner of the plate. Sometimes repackaging the same foods up in a new and engaging way will be enough to pique interest. Another way of incorporating more goodness and excitement is to have a dip or dipping sauce handy. This could be in the form of hummus, peanut butter, cottage cheese or tzatziki.
As mentioned, these rainbow lettuce wraps are incredibly versatile and easy. The reason that I’ve called these “rainbow” is to encourage the use of a multitude of colours (with a variation of vitamins and health benefits).
- If you use the outer leaves of the iceberg, these will be larger and more flexible. Feel free to use any lettuce leaves that you have to hand – so long as they are fit for purpose!
- Ideas for red: red capsicum (pepper) , tomato, radish
- Ideas for orange: carrot, orange capsicum (pepper), sweet potato, butternut
- Ideas for yellow: yellow capsicum (pepper) , cheese , chicken, potato, parsnip, squash
- Ideas for green: avocado, chives, asparagus, spinach, green capsicum (pepper), extra lettuce, cucumber
- Ideas for purple: purple onion, purple cabbage, aubergine
Simply add to the large lettuce leaf, roll up and enjoy! I would recommend adding these contents to the far side of the one edge, before rolling from that side, towards the empty lettuce side, to ensure a snug roll. Gluten free, dairy free and such fun to make!