Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Lettuce Wraps

So I tried this recipe, from my best friend's blog today. But, you guys know me, and you know I can't cook anything and leave the recipe intact. So, of course, I had to change some things up. I think as long as you don't expect to taste PF Chang's, they are really good. They reminded me more of sloppy joes on lettuce. But, that's ok because we have given up bread and use lettuce in its place rather frequently. What did I change? Well, I used fresh ginger, made some brown rice to go with it, added chopped almonds on top for crunch (we are big texture people), used romaine lettuce instead of iceberg for more nutritional value, used 1lb of turkey and 1lb of chicken (it's what I had), and I didn't like all the preservatives in the plum sauce so I used plum jam and organic tomato paste (think I'll use less paste next time to make it more like wraps and less like sloppy joes). But, all in all, they were pretty tasty- thanks Kitty :).

And, speaking of lettuce wraps, about a month ago I found a new all time favorite lettuce wrap recipe. It has become my new favorite meal to bring to new moms; if you are expecting a baby and I am signed up to bring you meals, expect this one. We love it around here! Plus, it's great to have another recipe we can use when doing the cleanse. It is a little more work than the crockpot, but totally worth it.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps
1/4 cup of Sweet Chili Sauce (in the Asian section at my stores)
1/4 cup of Honey
Fresh Basil
Sea Salt
1/4 cup Almonds (I chop mine)
Chicken (I use 4 breasts)
Red Bell Pepper
Brown Rice
Lettuce (traditionally iceberg is used, but we like romaine)
Cook the chicken (I usually stir fry mine in coconut oil) and brown rice (I usually fry mine in coconut oil until it lets off a "nutty" smell, then boil in chicken broth- tastes awesome!). Stir fry veggies and combine w/ chicken once cooked. Season with salt/pepper. You can add whatever other veggies you like too (I get creative- squash, sweet potatoes, zucchini...). Add chili sauce and honey to cooked chicken/veggies. Enjoy your wraps- stack rice, veggies/chicken in salad leaf and top w/ fresh basil and almonds (we'll add soy sauce too sometimes).
Oh and a hint on the announcement- Kate and Heather, you two should know :) because it was Kate's idea and Heather's hubby is hard at work for me. And, no, unfortunately we are not expecting a little brother or sister for Harper yet, at least that we know of anyway ;). Sorry to disappoint, but I had to tell at least that much- the phone has been ringing off the wall :)


feltsdia said...

I, too, thought you were already pregnant! I'll still keep posted though!

Kitty said...

sloppy joes? obviously I haven't been to pf chang's in...a long while. I'll send you the recipe for plum sauce.

Michelle said...

Oooo sounds yummy...I love lettuce wraps!

Reese's Pieces said...

I want to hear your news!

Heather said...

Just thought I'd let you know that I tried this recipe last week. It was a BIG hit! Thanks for sharing!