Paleo Takeout and Chinese Lettuce Cups Recipe

Winner of the Giveaway was Rosalee Jesudas!!

The master of restaurant recreations has done it again, this time with over 200 recipes for you to make yourself in less time and more affordable than eating out! Today marks the release day for our good friend Russ‘s sophmore book, Paleo Takeout. Not only is this is a truly unique and amazing resource featuring 200 recipes recreating your favorite takeout dishes from various cuisines from around the world, but it was cleverly crafted to be easier than ever and made healthier with real food ingredients (instead of dreaded in gluten, deep fried in canola oil, and sprinkled with MSG). We’ve tried MANY of the recipes in this book and can tell you that despite how quickly the dishes come together, despite how nourishing and healthful they are, they deliver a huge bang on flavor and genuinely offer the tastes of true takeout food. 

If you’ve ever called up a restaurant for delivery, you will love this book! If you want a sneak peak, stay tuned to the bottom of the post to see the recipe for lettuce cups, the dish that Stacy begged Russ to make as well as a GIVEAWAY to one lucky reader! ♥

Last winter, while we were preparing to release our ebook bundle, we asked Russ if he had anything he’d like to contribute. He told us that he was working on a Chinese takeout recipe ebook that he wanted to contribute. One look at what he had so far and we told him he had to make it a print book! It took some work, but we (and our publisher) ultimately convinced him and the result is a hugely expanded version that is absolutely spectacular! You can hear the whole story on the latest episode of The Paleo View.

This book is really incredible. Any take away food you could think of is here from Chinese and Thai to American and Italian classics like burgers, fried chicken, and pizza. And it’s put together with such attention to detail that you’re sure to be impressed! So many recipes are quick to make and easy to freeze, making this a lazy person’s resource as well as a foodie’s.

We’re so excited to finally have it in our hands. Russ’s recipes are the ones we make most often in all of the community (except our own, of course). He has an incredible talent for flavor and texture recreations. We even learned that for this book Russ himself actually went into restaurant kitchens, like his local Chinese takeout place, to watch and learn how they make food – just so that he could authentically recreate them! We can tell you it was incredibly successful endeavor because we’re already cooking from Paleo Takeout and the results have been deliciously fantastic!

Thanks to Paleo Takeout, I got to finally revisit one of my favorite dishes. I made gyros with tzatziki sauce as the first official recipe cooked from the book, and it absolutely lived up to my recurring dreams! We’ve already marked some twenty other pages to try this month and have threatened to make the entire book over again ala Julie & Julia (think Russ & Matt: the foodie bromance – could be the next hit movie?).

245 - Gyros

Having known Russ while he was writing Paleo Takeout, we’ve tried many dishes in advance. And the one that’s most special to us is the Chinese Lettuce Cups. Once we went out to dinner with Russ and went to a certain Chinese chain with horse statues on the outside. We ordered their famous chicken lettuce wrap appetizer. While I was talking about how much I loved the dish, Russ was saying that it wouldn’t be that hard to recreate. Stacy declared that Russ had to recreate this recipe and so he did! We are SO excited and thankful to Russ for allowing us to share this EXCLUSIVE recipe from Paleo Takeout with you all!

71 - Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Paleo Takeout and Chinese Lettuce Cups Recipe



  1. Combine the sauce ingredients and set aside.
  2. Making the Crispy Sweet Potato Noodles is super easy. Heat 2 tablespoons of the coconut oil in a wok or skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering, about 1 minute. Add a few uncooked noodles; after they’ve initially puffed up, tilt the pan so the oil bunches up on one side, then submerge the noodles for a couple of seconds to make sure that every part of the noodle gets puffy (sure beats wasting a bunch of oil to deep-fry the noodles!). Set them aside to cool on paper towels.
  3. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of the oil in the wok over medium-high heat until shimmering, about 1 minute, then add the garlic. Stir-fry until aromatic, about 20 seconds, then add the chicken. Stir-fry until almost fully cooked (a little pink), about 3 minutes, tossing often. Be sure to break up the larger chunks.
  4. Stir in the water chestnuts and mushrooms and stir-fry until the mushrooms start to soften, about 1 minute. Increase the heat to high and add the sauce and green onions. Toss and stir-fry for another minute or two, until the liquid has mostly evaporated and the chicken is starting to crisp. Taste and add salt if needed.
  5. Serve with the Crispy Sweet Potato Noodles and lettuce leaves for wrapping.

This is definitely a must own book and we’re supporting it fully (which really just means fully enjoying eating our way through it). If you follow us on Instagram you’ll likely be seeing many dishes cooked from it, so before you damage your smart phone with drool, go pick up the book today (available at B&N, Sam’s Club, and Amazon) and then check to see if you can see Russ (and lots of foodie friends – like us!) in your area while you’re at it!


Find all the details, along with the links to RSVP, here!

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  • Nikki Ostrowski

    OMG this book looks amazing! WOuld love, love, love to win a copy!!! Thanks.

  • Bethany

    This book sounds awesome and I think it really fills a void in Paleo cookbooks. I’d love to win a copy!

  • Maria

    Some of what we miss most about going Paleo are our favorite date night dinner spots. Help us recreate the magic at home! Culinary magic, I mean. Get your mind out of the gutter.

  • Candace

    Would love to recreate my takeout favorites!

  • Kristen

    The recipes look totally legit! Yum!

  • Angel

    I can’t wait to try out this recipe. Missing take-out is a big problem for our family.

  • Diana La Point

    Russ is a genious, that’s why I need this book. And I’m always hungry 🙂

  • aileen

    I can’t wait to have some of my old favorite take-out foods again! Russ is the MAN! And I love that he has AIP subs for some of his recipes too!

  • Mary

    This book will be an amazing addition to my growing collection of cookbooks!! Love it!

  • Kimberly Harper

    Made the honey sesame chicken last night. Instant new favorite for my 10 year old!

  • Bori Vekony

    When I eat out, I always try dishes that I cannot make at home for myself, but it’s often hard to find paleo-friendly meals. With this book, I could expand both my cooking expertise and my eating habits 🙂

  • Stephanie Whittemore

    I already love recreating old favorites and paleo-fying fast food for my boyfriend so this would be perfect in our kitchen!

  • Erin Weitzel

    I already own The Safe Starch Cookbook and The Ancestral Table – I agree with you that Russ is a fabulous recipe developer and I love learning from him. I would love to own this book in order to add a lot more variety to my family’s repertoire.

  • Cindy

    Need a copy!

  • Brenda Dardenne Lamont

    Can’t wait to try these!!

  • Amanda Hoffman

    There are so many recipes to try! If they can really be done in 30-60 min, I could see many of these recipes becoming family regulars around here.

  • Jillian

    I’ve gotten into a bit of a funk when it comes to meal planning. Paleo Takeout sounds like the recipe for success I need (tee hee)….

  • Melissa Weber

    We NEED this book! My family would love it

  • Mary Wegleitner Perko

    I’d love to find recipes that seem “normal” to my non-Paleo family members. It would be great to surprise them with a meal they would never know is Paleo. 🙂

  • tiptoeskst

    I need this cookbook! I’m in SW Germany, so there are NO take-out restaurants I can eat at since Paleo isn’t really a thing here. I miss Chinese, Thai, and all those yummy options that aren’t options here. Pick me! Pick me!