Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Yummy Low Carb Romaine Roll-ups

One thing that's always been a little difficult for me in this low carb lifestyle is a quick lunch. Today, I wanted to make an interesting lettuce turkey roll up. I hate to use mayonnaise, since it is filled with poly-unsaturated (unstable) oils.. so I decided to get fancy with some ingredients on hand to make a little spread. This is enough for one.. so you might need to double or quadruple recipe. It's quick and easy. It's just slightly sweet and slightly spicy so you can increase or decrease those two elements to your liking. Also it gets rid of that extra cream cheese from another recipe... LOL.

You can sub any fruit for cherries... strawberries, dried cranberries (just chop them up before adding), whatever you have on hand.

Low Carb Roll Up
about 3 - 4 carbs if you use about half the cream cheese spread

5-6 slices Turkey, or Ham
1/2 Avocado, sliced and salted
2 large Romaine Lettuce leaves
Spicy Cherry Lunch Spread (see below)

Use a rubber spatula to spread the lunch spread on the inside of the lettuce leaves, place meat slices on top and slices of avocado, roll up and eat.
You could probably add more ingredients, like tomatoes, but I wanted to make sure I could taste the spread.

Spicy Cherry Lunch Spread
Makes enough for one, can increase recipe..

2 oz cream cheese
3 - 4 pitted cherries (I just cut around pits)
1 Tablespoon chopped walnuts
tiny dash of something sweet- stevia, agave, whatever you like (I used a stevia/erythritol blend)
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (more if you like spicy)
dash salt
dash of fresh ground pepper (3-4 turns of my pepper grinder)

Add all ingredients (start small with sweetener, you only want a hint of sweet to this spread) to a mini chopper, or you can blend by hand if your cream cheese is soft.

I used some beautiful romaine lettuce from our local organic farm that we get as part of our CSA program, and organic ingredients, of course.


  1. Thanks Rachel for such a nice roll recipe. I am collecting such low carb recipes which are tasty as well as healthier too.

  2. Healthy, a recipe that is simple enough to use with healthy overtones. Thanks


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