Recipe: Thai Beef Chard Wraps

You’ll be amazed at how much greenery your kids — and you! — will eat when you serve up this yummy ‘wrap-it-yourself’ meal.  Feel free to tweak the ingredients to your own taste. You can add any veggie you like.  If you happen to have a leftover baked potatos or rice from last night’s dinner, that’s a great way to extend the meat.  I often add a fresh chopped tomato right before serving, so that the color stays bright and the tomato is still firm.


Prep time: 20 minutes
Serves:6 or more




  • a big bunch of chard, spinach, or lettuce – probably a pound or so
  • 2 carrots, grated or minced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lb lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • Slosh of fish sauce (or soy sauce is OK if you don’t have fish sauce)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Wash chard or lettuce leaves, shake off extra water, and set aside in a bowl. Shred carrot, onion, garlic, and any other veggie that you desire using a food processor. Cook ground meat in a large skillet with a little slosh of sesame oil, if you have it. If you are using ground turkey, you will probably need a tablespoon or two of oil as you cook it.

Once meat is cooked, remove from pan and cook chopped veggies in the remaining oil until soft. Return hamburger to pan and mix with veggies and a good slosh of fish sauce or soy sauce (probably around 1/4 cup). Add a cup or two of cooked rice, if desired. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium heat for a few more minutes, til ingredients are well mixed and heated.

Serve by wrapping leaves of chard or lettuce around several tablespoons of meat. Let people take their own lettuce and their own serving of meat/veggies and wrap right on their plate.

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