Fiesta Frescada Lettuce Wraps and Bellafina Boats

By Fruits & Veggies - More Matters
Using bell peppers and lettuce for wraps is a fun way to increase vegetables on the plate. Flavorful Bellafina® peppers and Frescada™ lettuce are perfect for a build-your-own Southwestern meal or as appetizers.

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  • Prep Time: 45 minutes

Main Dishes

Serves: 4
Cups of Fruits & Vegetables per Serving: 1.5
Think Variety; Think Color: Red,Yellow/Orange,White,Green


6 Bellafina® peppers
8 Frescada™ lettuce leaves
1 cup instant brown rice, dry, or other quick cooking grain, such as whole-wheat couscous
1 lb tilapia filets, fresh or frozen (thawed)
2 tsp Southwest chipotle seasoning, no-sodium, such as Mrs. Dash
2 T canola oil, divided
¼ tsp salt
2 limes, divided
¼ cup reduced fat sour cream

Salsa Fresca
½ cup yellow corn, frozen or canned, no-salt added
1 medium tomato
1 small onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
¼ tsp salt


Slice Bellafina® peppers in half vertically. Arrange Frescada™ lettuce and 8 pepper halves on a serving platter. Cook brown rice according to package directions. To make salsa fresco, dice remaining pepper halves, tomato, and onion; mix with corn, garlic, and jalapeño pepper, and ¼ tsp salt. Sprinkle both sides of tilapia filets with Southwest chipotle seasoning. Heat 1½ T canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish to pan, and cook for 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Flake with a fork and place in a serving dish. When rice is done, stir in remaining ½ T oil, juice from one lime, and ¼ tsp salt. Cut remaining lime into wedges. To serve, set out pepper-lettuce platter, rice, fish, salsa fresca, sour cream, and lime, and let diners build their own boats and wraps.

Nutritional Information

  • Calories:    350
  • Carbohydrates:    34g
  • Total Fat:    12g
  • Cholesterol:    60mg
  • Saturated Fat:   2.5g
  • Dietary Fiber:    5g
  • % of Calories from Fat:    31%
  • Sodium:    370 mg
  • Protein:    28g
  • Recipe Credit
  • Monsanto



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