Bacon, tomato, avocado, and sliced hard-boiled eggs wrapped in crisp butterhead lettuce leaves! Add your favorite sides to this BLTA Lettuce Wraps Meal Prep for a super simple, no-heat lunch you can take on-the-go!
If you didn’t hear the news, we’re doing the Whole30 program for the first time this month. I’ve decided to leave the more complicated recipes to the experts and touch on the suuuuper simple meals we’ve been consuming.
This post is not about my progress with Whole30, so I’ll keep this part short. But just in case you were wondering, my goals for this 30 days include: incorporating more vegetables into my diet, feeling better when I wake up in the morning, sleeping better, clearer skin, and better performance in the gym.
Basically, I want to see how I feel after 30 days of eating only foods that will improve my health. It’s day 6, and we’re making it through with meal planning, lots of cooking, and simple meals like this one!
Total Time: 35 minutes
Prep: Make-Ahead Friendly
Where do you get those containers?!
When you’re meal prepping, good containers are important. I know buying a lot of cheap plastic containers is tempting, but I would always recommend splurging for glass. They’ll last WAY longer, are better for the environment, and there’s no need to worry about plastic chemicals getting into your food after microwaving.
I love the brand Prep Naturals, and I’ve purchased a couple different varieties of their glass meal prep containers on Amazon. This meal prep lunch is pictured in their 3 Compartment Glass Meal Prep Containers .
It does a great job keeping food in separate containers if you don’t want stuff touching other stuff! These containers are dishwasher safe, however I hand wash the lids which are plastic.
How is bacon Whole30? Does bacon have sugar in it?
You’ve got a point, and I’m glad you’re catching on. Bacon is allowed on Whole30 – the sugar that is in MOST bacon, is not. So it becomes very important to read labels and find bacon without any additional sugar or other additives (usually its brown sugar).
The Whole30 program also stresses the importance of properly sourced bacon – the animal must be pastured and responsibly raised. Whole30 does not believe anyone should eat factory-farmed bacon, as it is unhealthy (from additives, sugar, preservatives, etc.) and unethically produced. I would say I strongly agree with this statement, and it’s mostly the reason I’ve stayed away from bacon until recently.
The solution to needing quality, ethically raised bacon with no sugar or added preservatives is ButcherBox (affiliate link)! Over the past few months, we’ve transitioned to purchasing all of our meat from ButcherBox, and this includes Whole30 approved bacon. It’s high quality, tastes amazing, and is so much better than anything I could buy at the store (sorry Applegate, I like the ButcherBox bacon better).
How do you cook your bacon for this meal prep?
There are tons of ways to cook bacon, and I’m NOT claiming mine is correct, just another way to do it. I cook bacon in one of two ways depending on what I’m using it for:
- Method 1: I lay 3 or 4 strips at a time in my hot Dutch Oven on the stove top over medium heat – preferred for eating the bacon ASAP, when I want to collect the bacon fat after cooking, or when I also want to cook something in the same pan with the bacon fat after cooking the bacon. For bacon bits, I cut all the strips of bacon as small as I can, add them all to the Dutch Oven at once, and stir frequently with a wooden spoon until crispy.
- Method 2 (used in this recipe): Updated March 2022! The best way to cook a whole pack of bacon is in the oven on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. No need to use a rack. Find the full method for How to Cook Bacon in the Oven here!
How do you cook the eggs for this meal prep?
I’m a recently converted Instant Pot hard-boiled egg maker, so that’s what I do. But overall, I recommend cooking the eggs in your favorite method, because we all have one.
For the Instant Pot, I place however many eggs I want onto the trivet, add 1 cup of water, and close the lid. Set the pot to manual high pressure for 5 minutes, then let it do a natural pressure release for 4-5 minutes. Release pressure and as safely and quickly as possible, place the eggs under cold water. Easy!
For the stovetop method which I literally never use, here are instructions explaining how to make hard-boiled eggs on the stove way better than I ever could.
How can I customize this meal prep?
If you’re NOT doing Whole30:
- Go crazy. Use a real wrap instead of lettuce.
- Snack on some peanut butter or hummus and veggies on the side.
- Add some cheese.
- Have dessert. LOL.
If you ARE doing Whole30:
- Snack on almonds, cashews, or macadamia nuts on the side.
- Replace the carrots with another vegetable you like.
- Add some compliant mayo or ranch to your wraps!
- Add another HBE for more protein, fat and calories.
Is this recipe freezer-friendly?
No, I would not suggest freezing this recipe! It’s meant to be eaten fresh – only assemble as many portions as you need.
How to store this assembled BLTA lettuce wraps meal prep:
To store in the refrigerator, portion ingredients into your chosen containers with airtight lids. Store in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. The avocado may start to brown but it is still okay to eat.
Bacon, tomato, avocado, and sliced hard-boiled eggs wrapped in crisp butterhead lettuce leaves! Add your favorite sides to this BLTA Lettuce Wraps Meal Prep for a super simple, no-heat meal prep that can be customized fit any way of eating!
- 8 strips of raw bacon (no added sugar or preservatives)
- 4 whole eggs
- 8 Butterhead or Bibb lettuce leaves, washed and patted dry
- 1 large avocado, cut into 4 quarters
- 2 small roma tomatoes, cut lengthwise into long slices
- Serve with (all optional): (Whole30 compliant) mayo, an additional hard-boiled egg, baby carrots, cashews, almonds, or any diet-specific sides you wish
To cook bacon:
- Line a rimmed half sheet pan with parchment paper. Place the strips of bacon on the parchment paper in a single layer. Place the pan into a cold oven and immediately set the temperature to 375F. Set a timer for the cook time depending on the thickness of the bacon. Thinner bacon will take 18-23 minutes. Thicker bacon will take 24-28 minutes. See the full post on How to Cook Bacon in the Oven for more detailed instructions.
- Let cool completely before placing into meal prep containers.
To cook eggs: If you have a favorite method to cook hard-boiled eggs, feel free to use that. Here are two ways to cook them:
- Instant Pot method: Place eggs onto the trivet inside the Instant Pot insert. Add 1 cup of water, and close the lid with the vent sealed. Set the pot to manual high pressure for 5 minutes, then let it do a natural pressure release for 4-5 minutes. Release pressure and as safely and quickly as possible, place the eggs under cold water until cool to the touch, and then peel.
- Stovetop method: Here are instructions explaining how to make hard-boiled eggs on the stove way better than I ever could.
- Each meal prep has ingredients for 2 lettuce wraps. Place 2 leaves of lettuce into each meal prep container. Pick large leaves with no rips that would make a good wrap.
- Add avocado and tomato to your meal prep container – I keep the tomato separate so the juice doesn’t make other ingredients soggy in the fridge. Slice each quarter of avocado into two slices.
- Slice each hard-boiled egg into 4 slices and add to meal prep container. Break each piece of bacon in half (so they fit into the containers) and add 2 whole slices to each container (4 half pieces each).
- Add diet specific sides – carrots, nuts, fruit, mayo or ranch, crackers, cheese, etc.
- Store in the refrigerator in an sealed container and enjoy within 4 days.
This meal prep lunch is pictured in these 3 Compartment Glass Meal Prep Containers . I love them!
To assemble lettuce wraps from the way I have pictured: Move the top lettuce leaf aside as much as possible (yes, the one touching all the ingredients), and gently pull the bottom leaf out from under. Now assemble one lettuce wrap, and then the leftover ingredients are already in the second lettuce wrap.
Nutrition information estimated with My Fitness Pal.
- Serving Size: 1 meal prep lunch
- Calories: 341
- Sugar: 5g
- Fat: 26g
- Carbohydrates: 14g
- Protein: 13g