Egyptian Spiced Avocado Corn Radicchio Lettuce Cups - Vegan, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, Raw Recipe

Easy to make and packed with flavor, these lettuce cups make a delicious healthy snack.  Egyptian spices offer a unique twist in this gluten-free, oil-free recipe.  Interesting textures balance with creamy avocado, crunchy radishes, and fresh corn.  Serve these as a vegan appetizer at your next party. Or enjoy for a quick, satisfying lunch.

EASY          Servings: 6                  Ready In: 10 minutes

 Egyptian Spiced Corn and Avocado Lettuce Cups - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipe

Egyptian Spiced Corn and Avocado Lettuce Cups - Healthy, Plant-Based, Oil-Free, Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipe

 Egyptian Spices like paprika, cumin, and cinnamon give these raw, vegan lettuce cups lots of healthy, delicious flavor

Egyptian Spices like paprika, cumin, and cinnamon give these raw, vegan lettuce cups lots of healthy, delicious flavor

 Chef's Tip:  To cut the corn kernels off the cob, there's no need for a complicated standing bowl contraption.  Simply lay the corn on its side and cut as close to the cob as you can.  Raw corn is delicious sweet.

Chef's Tip:  To cut the corn kernels off the cob, there's no need for a complicated standing bowl contraption.  Simply lay the corn on its side and cut as close to the cob as you can.  Raw corn is delicious sweet.

 *  Chef's Calorie Tip:   If you want to reduce the amount of calories in this recipe, swap out the sunflower seeds for a can of chickpeas or a cup of raw, sprouted beans.  The chickpeas and beans will be lower in fat, while adding extra fiber and protein.

* Chef's Calorie Tip:  If you want to reduce the amount of calories in this recipe, swap out the sunflower seeds for a can of chickpeas or a cup of raw, sprouted beans.  The chickpeas and beans will be lower in fat, while adding extra fiber and protein.

  ** Radicchio Lettuce tip:   Radicchio is a bitter salad green, adding an interesting flavor to balance the sweetness of the corn and the richness of the avocado.  If you don’t enjoy the bitter flavor (or if making this for kids and picky eaters), swap out the Radicchio for Bibb or even Romaine lettuce.

** Radicchio Lettuce tip:  Radicchio is a bitter salad green, adding an interesting flavor to balance the sweetness of the corn and the richness of the avocado.  If you don’t enjoy the bitter flavor (or if making this for kids and picky eaters), swap out the Radicchio for Bibb or even Romaine lettuce.

 Serve these lettuce cups as an appetizer at a party.  Your guests will love the interesting flavors and textures.  You'll love how easy it is to make these!

Serve these lettuce cups as an appetizer at a party.  Your guests will love the interesting flavors and textures.  You'll love how easy it is to make these!


Ingredients

1 Head Radicchio Lettuce**
4 ears corn
6 small radishes, diced
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 large avocado, diced
1 cup sunflower seeds*
2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon each: paprika, coriander, turmeric
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½  teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
Fresh Cilantro, to garnish


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Procedure

To prepare the Radicchio:  Use a small paring knife to cut a circle around the core of the lettuce.  Remove the core.  Gently peel off the Radicchio leaves, one at a time, until you have reached the small heart of the lettuce.  Wash and rinse the Radicchio leaves.  Set aside to let dry

To make the Egyptian Spiced Avocado Corn Filling:  Husk and wash the corn.  Cut off the kernels from the cob.  Place into a medium bowl.  Trim and dice the radishes.  Halve the grape tomatoes.  Pit and dice the avocado.  Add these to the bowl with the corn.  Add the sunflower seeds, cumin, paprika, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.  Stir well to combine.  Taste to adjust seasoning.  

To make the Radicchio Cups:  Fill each Radicchio cup with about ½ cup of the Avocado Corn filling.  Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve.

Yield: 12-16 lettuce cups (5-6 cups of just the filling)


Chef's Tips

* Chef's Calorie Tip:  If you want to reduce the amount of calories in this recipe, swap out the sunflower seeds for a can of chickpeas or a cup of raw, sprouted beans.  The chickpeas and beans will be lower in fat, while adding extra fiber and protein.  

** Radicchio Lettuce tip:  Radicchio is a bitter salad green, adding an interesting flavor to balance the sweetness of the corn and the richness of the avocado.  If you don’t enjoy the bitter flavor (or if making this for kids and picky eaters), swap out the Radicchio for Bibb or even Romaine lettuce.


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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/6 of a recipe (about 2 or 3 lettuce cups).
Calories 262.38
Calories From Fat (57%) 148.42
% Daily Value
Total Fat 17.74g 27%
Saturated Fat 1.9g 10%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 219.74mg 9%
Potassium 679.02mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 23.82g 8%
Fiber 6.31g 25%
Sugar 6.85g
Protein 8.53g 17%
Calcium 16.78mg 2%
Iron 42.75mg 238%
Vitamin A 519.82IU 10%
Vitamin C 9.92mg 17%