Lettuce

Lettuce Tacos

Greenhouse Classroom Ingredients:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers

Additional Ingredients:

  • Onions
  • Taco seasoning (can be pre-packaged or seasoning of your choice!)
  • Ground meat (optional) or chopped mushrooms
  • Shredded cheese (optional)
  • Salsa or guacamole * (optional)
  • Cooking oil

Instructions:

  1. Add 1 tablespoon cooking oil to pan on medium heat
  2. Add ground meat or chopped mushrooms to pan and cook through – put aside
  3. Add onions, peppers, and chopped tomatoes to pan and stir fry
  4. Add in cooked meat (or mushrooms) and add taco seasoning
  5. Lower heat to simmer
  6. Add all ingredients including optional cheese, guacamole, and salsa to lettuce heads and enjoy!

Lettuce Cups with White Beans and Bell Peppers

Greenhouse Classroom Ingredients:

  • Lettuce (ideally 6 big leaves)
  • Parsley  

Additional Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Lemon or lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • White beans (or other beans)
  • Bell peppers 
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Divide lettuce into separate leaves
  2. Chop bell peppers into small pieces
  3. Toss beans with bell pepper, parsley, oil, red pepper flakes (optional,) and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a medium bowl
  4. Season with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired
  5. Spoon into lettuce leaves and divide into smaller servings if desired

Nutrition facts:

  • Lettuce is the 2nd most popular vegetable in the US behind potatoes, with Americans eating about 30 lbs. of lettuce per year. 
  • Darker lettuces (such as romaine and red leaf ) contain higher amounts of antioxidants and nutrients than lighter lettuces (such as iceberg). Darker leaves absorb more light and use the light energy to synthesize these nutrients (via photosynthesis).
  • Rich in vitamin K and A among other vitamins!
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Lettuce

Location of origin:

  • Mediterranean