Ask DJ Lyons: How to make Romaine Lettuce Taco


Romaine Lettuce Taco

Here is my adaptation of a recipe to make a Romaine Lettuce Taco. I will also include details of the original recipe as you may wish to try it exactly the way Harvey and Marilyn Diamond developed it for the Fit for Life diet as opposed to the way I tried it.

I made this to go with their recipe for Avocado Dressing. I will include the link to that recipe below as well.

You can find their recipe on page 352 of their hardback version of the book entitled "Living Health." This recipe is being incorporated into my life-style change as I work on losing weight, remaining cancer-free, and staying healthy and whole.

I will include their recipe as written near the bottom of this hub. Here are the steps that I used to make this very tasty taco.

Step 1 - Get an avocado that has had a chance to soften for a few days
Step 1 - Get an avocado that has had a chance to soften for a few days | Source
Step 1A - Cut the avocado in half
Step 1A - Cut the avocado in half | Source
Step 1B- Cut the avocado into wedges
Step 1B- Cut the avocado into wedges | Source
Step 1C - Place avocado wedge on Romaine lettuce leaf
Step 1C - Place avocado wedge on Romaine lettuce leaf

Step 1 - Place avocado wedge on Romaine lettuce leaf

Wash and dry a large Romaine lettuce leaf. Of course, you can use other lettuce types as well. I really like the flavor and look of Romaine lettuce. It is also what I had on hand.

Allow an avocado to get a bit soft before trying this recipe. Half of the avocado will be used to make the dressing. See the link near the bottom of this hub for the recipe. The other half should be cut in wedges. You will need one or two wedges for each Romaine Lettuce Taco.

If you have any leftover avocado, place it along with the seed in a tightly-lidded container. This will keep the leftovers from turning brown as long as you use it within a day or two.

Lay out your Romaine lettuce leaf on a plate. Place a wedge or two on the lettuce leaf. 

Laughing Cow Cheese container
Laughing Cow Cheese container | Source
1 wedge of 35-calorie Laughing Cow cheese
1 wedge of 35-calorie Laughing Cow cheese | Source
Step 2 - Add 1 wedge of Laughing Cow cheese
Step 2 - Add 1 wedge of Laughing Cow cheese | Source

Step 2 - Add 1 wedge of Laughing Cow cheese

You can add other veggies like Harvey and Marilyn Diamond suggests in their recipe. Today, I was in the mood to use a light cheese instead. I used 1 wedge of 35-calorie Laughing Cow Cheese. I love and savor the flavor of avocado and that particular cheese mixed together.

Step 3 - Pour Avocado Dressing over this leaf
Step 3 - Pour Avocado Dressing over this leaf | Source

Step 3 - Pour Avocado Dressing over this leaf

Pour the Avocado Dressing over the length of this leaf along the inside section. See the recipe below.

Step 4 - Roll up the Romaine lettuce taco, eat, and enjoy
Step 4 - Roll up the Romaine lettuce taco, eat, and enjoy | Source

Step 4 - Roll up the Romaine Lettuce Taco, eat, and enjoy

Then all you have to do is roll up the leaf with the avocado and other ingredients inside. If you are going to make more than one, you can use a toothpick to hold it closed.

Be warned that you will probably want to have an extra napkin nearby when you go to eat it as it can be rather messy. I actually stood over the sink as I ate it as I was so eager to try it. I found it quite yummy.

Next time I make it, I will probably add some extra veggies as well. I find it really fun to experiment with food.

The original recipe by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond

Soft Lettuce Taco with Avocado Dressing

From page 352 of hard back book called "Living Health" by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond

Your choice of fresh vegetables (tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, celery, zucchini, jicama)
Several leaves of iceberg or butter lettuce, washed and dried
Avocado slices
Alfalfa sprouts

Clean and peel all the vegetables. Chop them finely by hand or in a food processor. Place a slice of avocado in center of lettuce leaf. Top with chopped vegetables and alfalfa sprouts and drizzle Avocado Dressing with Fresh Herbs (see page 358) over the top. Serves 1.

My thanks to Harvey and Marilyn Diamond for introducing me to such tasty recipes. As you can see, I am not a purist. I make adjustments to almost every recipe I use depending on what materials I have on hand and personal taste.


Books about the Fit for Life Diet

Fit for Life: Not Fat for Life
Fit for Life: Not Fat for Life

Coauthor of the bestselling Fit for Life, Diamond here advocates a lifelong diet composed of 50% raw (living) food and no more than 50% dead (cooked) food in order to lose weight and maintain maximum physical and mental health. He offers himself up as a personal example of someone who overcame his medical problems by adhering to this nutritional program. Exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, and 50 pounds overweight, Diamond is convinced that eating living food is what restored his heath. The details of this somewhat unusual way of eating are conveyed in an easy conversational style, and the author clearly explains (sometimes overexplains) how the digestive process works more efficiently when less cooked food is consumed. The program comes across as palatable rather than rigid, because Diamond repeatedly suggests it be followed in a relaxed flexible manner and that occasional deviations are to be expected. According to the author, only fresh fruit juices and fruit (the best possible food) should be eaten before noon. Lunch and dinner may consist of either a protein or a starch (but not both) with cooked vegetables and a hearty salad. He strongly argues against the consumption of dairy products (calcium is readily available through raw foods) because they are hard to digest. He is further convinced that young children should drink breast milk, not cow's milk or formula. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Fit for Life
Fit for Life

It's the program that shatters all the myths: FIT FOR LIFE the international bestseller that explains how to change both your figure and your life. Nutritional specialist Harvey and Marilyn Diamond explain how you can eat more kinds of food than you ever ate before without counting calories...and still lose weight! The natural body cycles, permanent weight-loss plan that proves it's not only what you eat, but also when and how, FIT FOR LIFE is the perfect solution for those who want to look and feel their best. Join the millions of Americans who are FIT FOR LIFE and begin your transformation with: * The vital principles that bring you permanent weight loss and high energy * The FIT FOR LIFE secrets of timing and food combining that work with your natural body cycles * A 4-week meal plan, menus, shopping tips, and exercise * Delicious recipes and more.

Living Health
Living Health

Implementing the principles of Natural Hygiene, a branch of nutritional science, the Diamonds present a nontraditional approach to "the entire vast subject of health care," which also engendered their bestselling diet book Fit for Life. They advocate the avoidance of proteins and starches at the same meal, the consumption of only fresh fruit and juice until noon and the use of the "ovulation method" of natural contraception. They stress the dangers of animal and dairy products (both cause osteoporosis, they claim), fluoridated tap water, irradiated food and certain cleaning fluids, soaps and deodorants. Also included are breathing exercises (alternate nostril breathing, they maintain, will balance the two sides of the brain because each nostril connects to the opposite side of the brain), yoga and workout routines, and recipes that leniently include chicken. Despite the redundancy of their philosophy, the railing against dietitians and the extreme approach to healthful living, readers undoubtedly will find much of the information presented here to be well documented and useful. Photos not seen by PW. 250,000 first printing; 250,000 ad/promo; first serial to Redbook; author tour. Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

A New Way of Eating from the Fit for Life Kitchen
A New Way of Eating from the Fit for Life Kitchen

Useful as a companion volume to Harvey and Marilyn Diamond's Fit for Life ( LJ 6/15/85), and offering the same theory of nutrition, this is a revised edition of The Common Sense Guide to a New Way of Eating (Golden Glow, 1979). As in Fit for Life the emphasis is on the consumption of high water-content foods (raw fruits and vegetables), and proper food combining as an aid to satisfactory digestion. All of the recipes are fairly simple, as might be expected when the emphasis is on raw foods. Recipes for soups and cooked vegetables and grains are also included. While this program is not a scientifically proven theory of nutrition, the author (and her husband) are extremely popular and well publicized so there will probably be requests for this book.Susan E. Holmer, Peninsula Lib. System, San Mateo, Cal. Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Fit For Life
Fit For Life

Denying orthodox medical thought about the basic four food groups, and debunking myths about protein and milk requirements, this eating programme shows how to exploit the body's natural instincts and eat in accordance with a natural digestive cycle.

The Power of Superfoods (2nd Edition)
The Power of Superfoods (2nd Edition)

Aiming to provide insight and guidance on the foods needed to effectively fuel the body, this publication outlines 20 steps that should help individuals live healthier and longer lives. It includes information on the 12 food groups with beneficial antioxidants and discusses how to vary the diet to promote good health. The book also looks at the positive effects of an alkaline body and how it can be achieved, as well as how to improve physical and spiritual fitness.

Your heart, your planet
Your heart, your planet

Here are the facts of life as you never heard them before! The startling reality of the kinship between your personal health and the survival of our planet. You can help reverse these urgent problems and enhance your personal health at the same time. This is a book that will shock you and inform you, energize and motivate you, that begins at the very heart of the matter - your heart...


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this is certainly different! but it does sound yummy! lol cheers nell

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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

It certainly is different, but for anybody who really likes avocadoes like I do, it is quite yummy. Thanks for visiting and commenting, Nell Rose. I appreciate it so much!

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