Lunch in a Snap: Chipotle Lettuce Wraps

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Well these were stupid hard to get a picture of. And I wanted to eat. So I gave up pretty quickly on making the picture look better. My bad. Just trust me that these little wraps are delicious. You’ll never miss sandwich bread again. Or bagels. Gosh I love me a bagel sandwich.

I’m so excited to leave for Austin to Paleofx in 2 days! Paleofx is like a huge paleo family reunion. I haven’t seen some of these people in seriously a year, since the last one. I’m not a huge fan of listening to the panels, probably because I get anxiety about people throwing up their opinions all over the place, so I’ll probably spend most of my time outside of the venue. Meaning in restaurants and hopefully shops. You always have to shop on vacation, right? Right. Anywho, I plan on trying as many restaurants as possible. I had a couple bad experiences last year, so this time I plan on figuring out all my own restaurants. I will absolutely be going to 24 Diner (we already planned lunch/dinner there for our first night) and La Barbecue which is one of the best bbq food trucks I’ve ever come across. Oh, and Jeni’s Ice Cream. Obviously. But that’s all I really have planned. Do you know of any amazing restaurants in Austin, TX?? Please give me all the advice in the world, pretty please!!

Oh duh, I’ll also be going to a CrossFit gym. I think I’ll only go once, mostly because I’d rather pack pretty clothes than workout clothes, but I’m pretty excited to try a new gym! Looks like I’ll be heading to Fortitude Fitness-Crossfit 78702. That’s quite a name. But I heard from someone lovely that they will have a really good workout planned for the weekend, so I’m in. Gotta keep up with my fitness while I’m stuffing my face.

Speaking of CrossFit, I totally forgot to tell you guys. This workout below truly sucked the big one. I like to talk about random super hard workouts so other people can try them that don’t go to my gym, CrossFit Broadway. It was absolutely miserable. I love workouts like that. I wish they came around always once a week. It felt pretty similar to 14.5. Check, check, check, check it out:

4 x 5 min AMRAPS Of: ( 2 min rest between)
400 m Run
then AMRAP Of,
5 Power Snatch (135/95)
12 Pull Ups

Speaking of things that are adorable. Oh wait, I wasn’t talking about adorable things. Who cares, it’s time for Jackson’s close up!! Excuse his birthday suit. He doesn’t understand that we don’t fling those things around at the gym. At least he crossed his legs.



Lunch in a Snap: Chipotle Lettuce Wraps

  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 4 large butter lettuce leaves
  • 2 pieces of thinly sliced turkey (I used Applegate Farms brand)
  • 2 pieces of thinly sliced ham (again, I used Applegate Farms brand)
  • 2 tablespoons Sir Kensington’s Chipotle Mayo or homemade chipotle mayo
  • a few thin slices of red onion (this is totally up to you how much you use)
  • 1/4 avocado, thinly sliced


  1. Place 2 butter leaves on top of each other. Then top with turkey, ham, mayo, red onion and avocado.
  2. Repeat with other butter leaves.
  3. Eat.

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


43 thoughts on “Lunch in a Snap: Chipotle Lettuce Wraps”

      1. Talk to your local butcher. I’m in Ontario, and mine makes a lot of gluten etc. free stuff like sausage, keilbassa. When I asked about pepperoni he said ‘sure’ and makes it regularly now.

    1. I use Dietz & Watson turkey breast and ham. It doesn’t have Carrageenan in it like Applegate does. D&W has no artificial colors, flavors, fillers, or MSG. They also do not use any corn syrup solids as an extender in their meats.

  1. Ahh I love Austin! For amazing burgers try HopDoddy (warning though there is ALWAYS a line to get in), also try Juiceland it is delicious. Hope this helps!

  2. Picnik food trailer on South Lamar! They are all paleo and the food is fantastic. Just a block or two north of Lick. I don’t know if Lick had coconut milk ice creams when you were last here, but they do now, along with the grass-fed dairy stuff.

    1. Agreed that Picnik is probably your best bet for great Paleo! They were featured in the Oct/Nov 2013 issue of Paleo Magazine! Also, since you’re not strict paleo, Uchi (if you’re into sushi) and Foreign & Domestic are AMAZING!! Have a blast! Austin is one of the best cities for being a foodie!!

  3. So happy you’ll be in my neck of the woods! Austin is amazing! I would also have to suggest Picnik. Also Gordough’s if you want to be bad…it’s worth it 🙂 Wish I could go to PaleoFX to meet you in person, girl!

  4. Llamas Peruvian food truck has an amazing ceviche. It’s located in downtown, on 7th and trinity. For dessert, although I like Jeni’s a lot, try Amy’s ice cream – they have the best Mexican vanilla ice cream I’ve ever had in my life, not Paleo at all but it’s delicious.

  5. Austin is my favorite city! Not all of these are Paleo, but…
    Frank is fun for apps and adult beverages, Uchi is delicious, Paul Qui’s East Side King truck or his new restaurant Qui, La Condesa, Sway, Franklin BBQ (if you feel like standing in line for two+ hours which I never do but his stuff is delicious), Barley Swine, Kerbey Lane, Foreign & Domestic (nose-to-tail eating, local sourcing, out of this world desserts)…I could go on forever. Seriously good eating going on in Austin.

  6. Picnik like people have said above is basically the best thing ever!! You have to try the blondies and the mocha chocolatte, dirty chai or the yeti! So stinkin good! Also there is a new gelato place called Dolce Neve on S 1st and Annie St that uses local grass fed dairy, and they moved here straight from Italy. Not strict paleo, obviously, but it’s AMAZING!

  7. Ashley Rodriguez

    While my husband was in the DPS Academy in Austin we always enjoyed The Egg & I. They had a great breakfast menu & are reasonably priced!! Enjoy!!

  8. Juli, I’m super new to Paleo (week 3) and I’m wondering how you are able to make “paleo-friendly” choices at restaurants? Every time I have gone out I have just had salads and its getting old. Do you constantly have to ask for lists of ingredients? Also, I know most restaurants use an obscene amount of butter for cooking, do you ever ask them to use healthier oils or is butter ok in moderation?

    1. if i’m eating out at restaurants, it’s usually celebrating something. so i honestly don’t worry much about the ingredients. i stay away from gluten and get bunless burgers or a breakfast hash, but i personally don’t have enough allergies to hunt to owner down to ask about every ingredient

  9. If you love Indian food, you need to go to The Clay Pit. Best Indian food I’ve had (Yak and Yeti in Arvada is a close second) and it is one of the best rated in the country. Also Amy’s Ice Cream. And go drool all over everything in Central Market. There are usually free samples in the produce section.

  10. Cupprimo has AWESOME gluten free cupcakes (in North Austin off of Spicewood/McNeil and Hwy 183) and Asthers Ethiopian is delish too (off I-35, downtown by UT)
    If you go to Kerby Lane, make SURE to get a gluten free gingerbread pancake and their cowboy queso. Sooo good!!
    I also love Mighty Fine for burgers and Verts kebabs for a little something different

  11. Oh, and rather than Clay Pit, I’d like to suggest Tarka. They have ties to the folks who run Clay Pit, but I think Tarka is better…and it’s cheaper, and located in central Austin, Round rock and south Austin. Hope you have a GREAT visit to Austin!!
    Oh, and rent a stand up paddle board one morning on Ladybird Lake. That’s one of my favorite things to do.

  12. Aaagh I LOVE Austin!!! I was just there in December and had a total blast with my good friend. I definitely recommend that you check out Torchy’s Tacos ( Totally not paleo, but SO WORTH IT! Another great place for a nice brunch, lunch or dinner would be Swift’s Attic ( As for your wod, we totally did a similar one yesterday at York Street. It was 4rds with a 16min time cap of 400m run followed by 12 pull-ups and 8 from the ground back squats at the same weight (95#). Ugh!

  13. Hey Juli,
    So I frequently get recipes off you blog, and admittedly I haven’t read any posts yet this week, but I was floored to hear you might be coming to Fortitude this weekend?! My husband and I own that gym and we’d love to thank the person who passed our name along to you. We’d also love to know what day you’re coming so we can plan a party (ie. a hard WOD to celebrate). Drop me an email if you could share the details!


    1. Yay!! Thanks for commenting! I think I’m going to come in on Saturday, but I won’t be sure until Thursday once I decide what my plan is!

      1. Hey Juli –
        Awesome, I will thank Lauryn in person when I see her this Thursday. This Saturday we are actually doing a gymnastic seminar for our athletes – so our normal Epic Saturday WOD will actually be pushed to Sunday. I would hate to think we’ve removed the opportunity for you to come check us out, but we learned from the Open that we’d all like to improve in this area so we’ve set-up a special seminar on 4/12. I completely understand that Austin has so many great things to offer that Sunday might be out of the question but let us know if it could work into your schedule. Enjoy your trip and thanks again for the shout out. 🙂

      1. LOVE that girl and her blog, Juli! What a strong human being, that girl! Love, love, love Austin, by the way! My husband found a great box near Moonshine restaurant when we were there in August. GO TO BANGER’S on Rainey Street! BEST SAUSAGE EVER!!!!! Get the socks, too! Have a great time!!

  14. I am moving to Austin this week and am trying to get there by Saturday so I can come to PaleoFX on Sunday! Hopefully all goes well on the drive from Virginia. Love all the restaurant ideas, def going to be taking note. And I need to find a new box so I might check that one out.

  15. lots of opportunities to eat clean or not so clean in Austin and great food is EVERYWHERE. Here are a few where you can stay between the lines if you want to or stray…..

    Crispy brussel sprouts at Snack Bar and Lucky Robot
    Lots of choices at Freedmans
    Wholly Cow over Hopdaddy for burgers
    Perlas and Quality Seafood Mkt should also work pretty well.
    Lamberts always a good call.
    Franklin’s of course.
    Devils on Horseback at Mulberry.
    G’rag Mahal is excellent Indian and it gives you a chance to check on the Rainey Street experience

    P.S. La Barbecue is a good choice–did you know that they moved to the east side?

    and two recent mag posts that with great suggestions:

  16. I just came across your blog this past week and I LOVE IT! I must admit I am not 100% into the Paleo diet but I am trying to focus on eating more basic food sources and a lot less gluten and processed wheats, etc. I decided to go strick low carb/paleo for the next few weeks since I’m dealing with a hamstring injury and repair treatment that’s keeping me from my workouts (actually from ANY form of physical activity-damn it…it’s so killing me that I can’t lift or run!!!!). I’m also live in San Diego so it’s cool to hear you talk about our City. Lastly…I love your puppy, he is soooo cute. We also adopted a dog recently and I think she’s the cutest thing ever (yes-even cutier than babies) but she also was a handful in the training department. Anyway, I’ve blabbed enough….glad to have found your blog. Have fun in Austin!

  17. I think you should totally start touring Crossfit gyms – could that be a thing?! Please yes!
    “Coming to a Crossfit near you: Juli and Jackson!”

    Make the next one Crossfit Full Circle in Richmond VA!

  18. Juli- You should most DEFINITELY go to Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Friggin’ fantastic and the line is totally worth it because it passes right by the bar where you can grab your drink, not to mention it takes that long to choose which burger you’ll want. I don’t know if you’re into bloody mary’s but they make one using beet juice (sounds gross but it’s the bomb-diggity) plus I beet juice is great for working out!

    Enjoy and love your blog big time!

  19. Thanks for being so awesome! I have enjoyed many of the recipes listed here, and this looks like it will be next. Only 8 months Paleo for me, but it has helped in many ways. One request though: more lamb recipes? Thanks so much.

  20. I would recommend Sweet Ritual for dairy and gluten free ice cream. They also have gluten free ice cream cones..WHAT?! – its basically the best!

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