I know what you’re thinking.
OMG COOKED LETTUCE, WTF.
I know. I thought that too. And I have never eaten it before yesterday. But I have an abundance of lettuce and there’s so many leaves you can put in smoothies every day. I get a lettuce delivered every week in my organics box, and I have four lettuces growing in the garden. They are getting crazy and I loathe waste, so have been thinking of some recipes to use them in.
This one is kind of a cross between the Italian risi e bisi, or rice and peas, and the French-style braised peas and lettuce. I wanted it to have a bit of substance, and be sort of soupy at the same time. But above all, I wanted it to taste good and to use up the lettuce. It is a simple, summery, light dish that is so quick to whip up (especially if the rice is pre-cooked) and while it gets a little grey if you leave it sitting too long (like I did here, I was watching The Lorax and got distracted. How good is it! Man I love Dr Seuss), it still tastes great. I’ve deliberately kept it simple, but there’s no reason you can’t dress it up if you so desire. Some baked tofu, some chilli, anything you like.
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