Lettuce Chips & Beef Dip


Ugh. I’m tried man.
Even though this week FLEW by, I felt it was all I could do to keep up. 

I had this crazy ass dream last night that I was working for a new company and I was kinda walking around the building, getting a feel for the place and stumbled into this simulation room.
The engineers there had the task of testing out the heart product this company made, in a simulated environment. They didn’t actually make artificial hearts, I think they made something that attached onto the heart.

Anyway, I walked in and introduced myself and shared a bit about my background so they could understand why I was hired and then asked them if they could demonstrate through simulation, what their product did and how it worked.

That’s when shit got cray cray.
They said the most common use of their heart product was in soldiers at war. They explained how when the soldiers heart rate increased, their product would activate and physically grip the heart which would cause the heart to contract and pump blood at a higher rate. This was all simulated on a huge screen in a virtual reality sort of way. The contracted heart made the subject somewhat of a super soldier who…

Why am I telling you this?
You clicked on this for food.
Let’s get to it then…

Right, so I woke up this morning with like 4 items in my fridge. WHERE did all the food go? 

IMG_20140816_145653_1Sat morning…I didn’t feel like ordering food in…plus, when is take out food ever really healthy, right? So I just stared at the contents of my fridge, pouting.
I opened my freezer.
Frozen fruit. The stuff smoothies are made of. I didn’t want a smoothie, I wanted FOOD!
What the fffuuuuck!
Wait – what’s this…
Tucked away in the back of my freezer was a container of ground lamb.


I pulled it out to thaw, ate a banana and went back to bed.
A few hours later, I was ready to create.

This can really be made with any ground meat.
Turkey, Chicken, Beef, Bison…
It’s not as filling for a main meal but eating enough of them does a good job of keeping hunger at bay. Plus, this is a  super easy thing to make and is relatively healthy for you.
Can’t beat that, right?


Lettuce Chips & Beef Dip

What I Used

9-10 Lettuce Leaves. 1lb Lean Ground Meat. 2 med Carrots (diced). 1 tsp minced Garlic. 1 cup Coconut Milk. Olive Oil. Salt. Pepper. 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper.

What I Did

Heat the oven to 400F.
Peel & dice the carrots.

IMG_20140816_145354_1 IMG_20140816_150141_1Heat 2 tbsp Olive Oil in a large oven-proof saute pan.
Saute 1 tsp minced garlic until fragrant.
Then add the carrots and saute until they start to lightly char.


Place the carrots in the oven to finish cooking. They should be tender but not mushy. About 8 mins.
Then set aside somewhere warm.

In another pan, heat 2 tbsp Olive Oil.
Add the ground meat.
Stir frequently, using a spatula or fork the break the meat up.

ivegotcake.wordpress.comSeason with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper and stir to combine.
When the meat turns brown, add 1 cup coconut milk.
Reduce the heat and let simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

To serve, spoon the meat into a bowl, topped with pieces of the charred carrots.
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26 thoughts on “Lettuce Chips & Beef Dip

    1. Exaaactly!!
      Cuz ol girl here is working out less and eating more so this was a good counter for newfound potbelly 🙂
      Makes for a dope burrito too, should have called it that. Dammit.

  1. You know in my country we say that the Need is a mother of Invention 😀 interesting recipe and interesting nightmares haha I have them too on occasions and they are also kinda work related 😀

    1. Thanks Marta!
      And you’re right. Need and the ability to resist temptation is indeed the mother of innovation.
      And as for the nightmare…man, I can paint the entire scene for you, from color-scheme of the setting to the virtual reality screen visual.
      SO glad I woke up. Maybe that’s why I’m so tired these days.
      It feels like I never left work.

    1. Thanks darlin!!
      I found it to be so exact in that it added a level of lightness that most meat dishes don’t often have.

      Gave it a more delicate ending. 🙂

      Totally devoured like 4 of these when I came stumbling home earlier today too and THAT is the sure sign of cooking victory.
      When you still want it, even at 4am 🙂

      1. Okay, now I’m really hungry and I’ve eaten nearly a whole cow for dinner myself… These look pretty elegant for 4am eating! Although may be that’s just me spilling the meat out of the lettuce while giggling…

  2. If I wasn’t a vegetarian… 😀 even though this dish doesn’t really go with my diet, I still love reading your posts. You go girl, making vegetarians, even almost vegans love your meaty posts… shame on me, but they are just so entertaining 🙂
    have a lovely evening, or day, whatever time it is over there.


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