Like many of my friends, male and female, I’m wrestling with an extra 5 pounds that I want to lose. Lucky for all of us, summertime food is the BEST for working on our waistlines. This is my favorite new lunchtime treat! If you’re a calorie-counter, I figure the entire plate of 3 wraps has a total of about 150 calories. Not bad. They satisfied my craving for protein and the crispy lettuce added great texture. Needless to say, tomatoes are mighty tasty this time of year!


Skinny Lettuce Wraps with Turkey and Tomato
3 green lettuce leaves, washed and dried
3 slices deli turkey meat
Dijon mustard
1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Place a slice of turkey on each lettuce leaf. Top each with Dijon mustard and a couple of slices of tomato. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Roll each leaf of turkey and tomato filled lettuce to make a wrap. Slice in half, if desired. Serves 1. (150 calories per serving.)

Debbi Covington is a chef, caterer, cookbook author and food columnist from Beaufort, SC. She has written two cookbooks, the award-winning Celebrate Everything! and Dining Under the Carolina Moon. Debbi writes the food column “Everyday Gourmet” in Beaufort’s Lowcountry Weekly newspaper and is a partner/food columnist with DIY Wedding Magazine. Debbi has been featured as a “Master of Entertaining” in Southern Living magazine and her recipes have been published in multiple cookbooks including Southern Living’s Best Kept Secrets of the South’s Best Cooks and The Best of The Best of South Carolina. Her food has been photographed for Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. She has been voted “Best Caterer” in Beaufort, SC since 2010. Debbi has a passion for cuisine and delights in creating seasonal and locally inspired menus.