What We’re Cooking With Now: Bibb Lettuce
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Why: Phipps is its own café's only supplier of bibb lettuce. The horticulture team is growing enough to supplement the café's popular chicken salad wrap and other salads on the menu. Bibb lettuce has about 13 – 17 calories per 1/2 cup chopped. It has 1 gram of protein and 1 gram of dietary fiber, and it includes a full daily intake of vitamin A.
Shopping Tip: Look for washed, debris-free heads of lettuce. Bibb lettuce has a very loose head compared to iceberg.
Preparation: While preparing bibb lettuce, give a light rinse over running water, checking the heart of the lettuce where soil and debris may hide. Pat dry with a paper towel.
Uses: Bibb lettuce is very versatile; some of our favorite uses include the following:
- as a wrap for tuna, chicken, egg or ham salad
- as a healthier substitute for taco shells
- as a substitute for buns when making a gluten free sandwich
- cut into pieces for salad
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