Southwest Sausage and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps


Sooooo, who wants to make a bet I’m going to go insane the next 2 1/2 weeks without my husband?!

PS- my husband is gone for the next 2 1/2 weeks. Obvs.

PPS- Army training. Word. 

Anyways, back to my original thought. I’m about half way to crazy town and Gord left yesterday morning, soooooooo that’s fun. Between my daughters’ literal….and I do mean literal….wailings {“You’re so mean mommy!” “I MISS DADDY!” “No, YOU’RE BEING RIDICULOUS” “I CAN SO WATCH ANOTHER SHOW ON THE iPAD!”} and my sons’ teething, there’s bound to be a few screams into pillows or holes punched into walls. I mean I’ll try not to but make no promises.

Also, I’m making plans to paint the Master bedroom and start renovating the two bathrooms in my quaint abode whilst my husband is gone. And at some point I need to take my NEW FREAKING VAN in for “maintenance”. Damn you Honda dealership!!! Sigh. At least all the work is covered under warranty. Silver lining, right?

You guys. I’m such a glutton for punishment. I’m really good at making plans.


I made some Quinoa wraps and they were amazing. I didn’t have high hopes for these because I just sort of threw some remnants of previous dinner recipe ingredients into a pan and called it good, hence no step by step photos. But trust me when I say these were the bomb dot com. Flavorful, healthy, gluten free and chock full of veggies. #iwin

Here’s how you make them:


Throw a bunch of ingredients into a pan and sauté. Serve in butter lettuce leaves.

It’s really that simple.

My only recommendation is to use the hot italian sausage links. The little spice is nice, especially paired with the sweetness from the sweet potato. Oh and one more thing: cook your quinoa in chicken or beef broth. It adds so much flavor, you’d be surprised what a difference it makes.

That’s all! Have a fabulous weekend, friends :) Give these a whirl and report back pronto.

I’ll be in the fetal position in the corner if you need me.


Southwest Sausage and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

Yield: 6 wraps

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 large onion, diced
1 small sweet potato, peeled and cubed {1/4 inch pieces}
2 hot Italian sausages
1 small zucchini
1 ear sweet corn, kernels removed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
garlic salt & pepper, to taste
2 cups leftover cooked quinoa

6 butter lettuce leaves, washed and dried
cilantro and red onion, for garnish


Place large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion and sweet potato in olive oil. Remove sausage from casings and place into pan, breaking it up as it cooks. Once sausage is thoroughly cooked, stir in zucchini, corn and spices. Cook another 3-4 minutes. Add in the quinoa to warm it through. Spoon into lettuce leaves, top with cilantro and red onion if desired and serve.

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9 Responses to “Southwest Sausage and Quinoa Lettuce Wraps”

  1. #
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — July 18, 2014 at 2:12 am

    OH MAN, 2.5 weeks? I am leaving for a husbandless WEEKEND, I have no kids and I don’t think I’m going to survive!
    At least these quinoa wraps came out of all o’ this. We love lettuce wraps in our house, and the use of quinoa is brilliant! Pinned :)


  2. #
    Ashton — July 18, 2014 at 4:02 am

    I will TOTALLY be making this! And these pics are seriously gorgeous Lauren. They make me want to shove all of these wraps in my mouth for breakfast!!! Pinned :)

    PS- I’m sending dessert vibes your way. It’s the only way to survive husband-less 😉


  3. #
    Erin @TheGrassSkirt — July 18, 2014 at 4:26 am

    These look delicious! I love quinoa, so I will definitely make this soon.


  4. #
    Bri | Bites of Bri — July 18, 2014 at 4:53 am

    These look delicious, Lauren. I’m so impressed with your plans for while he’s gone. My plans would just include basic survival :)


  5. #
    Meredith — July 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    My kind of dinner for sure!


  6. #
    Lori @ RecipeGirl — July 18, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    What a great, creative idea for a recipe!


  7. #
    Jackie — July 20, 2014 at 9:11 am

    these sound so yummy… I may have to give it a try. Good luck on your 2 1/2 week solo run. My Hubby leaves Friday for a 3 week training.. I am already headed to crazy town just thinking about him being gone and trying to hold everything down with the kids and house and my own classes.


    • Lauren — July 20th, 2014 @ 6:55 pm

      Good luck!!


  8. #
    Sandra Busch — September 5, 2014 at 3:21 am

    It’s hard being without husband , my husband is a contractor and I deal with everything by myself mostly of the year .
    I do this for five years already , what I do is take time to take care of myself , I workout , sometimes sun tanning , by something new to wear when he come back home , try a new recipe for a nice dinner or his favorite dish…
    This will make me concentrate on ” he comming home ” when I’m dealing with kids , dogs and house routine .
    Your recipes is amazing because is light and go well with a bottle of wine for a honeymoon moment 😉


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