Meatless Monday: Healthy Vegan San Choi Bau (Lettuce Wraps!)

By: Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

Looking for an easy appetizer, side dish or light meal full of vegetable goodness? The crunchy texture of the water chestnuts with the lightly cooked crunchy vegetables make this dish a perfect addition to your Meatless Monday.

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  • 1 tbsp cold pressed olive or coconut oil
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup (250g) of baby corn, chopped
  • 1 cup (250g) Chinese or champion mushrooms, chopped (or a combination of both)
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 2 kale leaves, remove stem and finely chop
  • 3 eschalots (shallots), trimmed, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp freshly chopped or grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tbsp homemade hoisin sauce* (If you choose to use store bought, make sure it is MSG free)
  • 1 tbsp sesame seed oil
  • 4-8 iceberg leaves
  • coriander leaves and sesame seeds or any other toasted nut to serve
  • 1-2 chillies, sliced (optional)

Homemade Hoisin Sauce:

  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp all natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp each of garlic powder and black pepper
  • add preferred hot sauce or chili powder to taste


1.)    Heat the oil in a wok or saucepan over medium-high heat. Add all vegetables, garlic, ginger, hoi sin sauce and tamari and stir-fry for 3-5 minutes until heated through.

2.)    Take the whole ice berg lettuce and remove any extra leaves on the outside. Remove the core and run cold water down the centre of the lettuce and allow to sit for a minute. The water gently separates the leaves. Peel off lettuce leaves one at a time and trim if desired. Serve the mixture inside the lettuce leaves with some sesame seeds and coriander leaves.


You can substitute with any vegetable that you desire.

  • Tamari – soy sauce
  • Iceberg leaves – Romaine (cos) lettuce

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4 - 8

  • Nutrition per serving:
  • Calories160
  • Fat8g
  • Saturated Fat1g
  • Cholesterol0mg
  • Sodium370mg
  • Carbohydrates21g
  • Fiber4g
  • Sugars6g
  • Protein 6g

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

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Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

Claire Georgiou is an Australian Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist who has completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Compl. Medicine) and an Advanced Diploma of Nutrition, Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine. She has more than 14 years of clinical experience specializing in liver disease, autoimmune disease, thyroid conditions, diabetes, insulin resistance, digestive disorders, chronic infections, children’s health, fertility and pregnancy care. Claire consults in private practice in Sydney and also offers consults out of area and is an accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society. Claire has worked closely for many years with Dr. Sandra Cabot, who is known as the “Liver Cleansing Doctor” and has written more than 25 health related books. Claire writes health related articles, creates healthy recipes and is one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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