|My Beautiful Mom!|
Sometimes I think everyone needs a little time to just "be" no matter where you are at in life. My "me" time usually comes in the form of shopping (not necessarily buying, more like wandering and browsing), writing, and cooking. Cooking is probably my favorite, it allows me time to just unwind and think.....although it has gotten a bit tough with the little munchkin, I still thoroughly enjoy it. There is something strangely satisfying to create a dish that brings a smile and a thumbs up from the hubs. In fact, it makes me all the more excited to share and pass on recipes that have been successful....and lately, ones that come together quick do to some little man that is in constant need of my attention. After my day yesterday I was beat and decided to grab some of our favorite bbq instead. So here is a recipe that I tried a couple days ago, it was healthy, quick, and made for a fun alternative to a typical weeknight meal. I know, the picture doesn't really look all that appetizing, but trust me.....
Asian Lettuce Wraps:
Original Recipe: Annies Eats
For the sauce: ( I doubled from the original recipe, measurements reflected below)
3 tsp. hoisin sauce
2 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil
2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. Sriracha hot sauce
For the filling:
2 tsp. canola oil
1 tsp. minced garlic
½ tsp. grated fresh ginger
2 green onions, chopped
1 lb. ground turkey or chicken
2 cups mixed vegetables, (I used peas, carrots, corn...but next time would add finely chopped mushrooms, onions, and chopped water chestnuts for added crunch).
½ green apple, finely chopped ( this actually added a nice sweetness against the spice)
Sweet Chili Sauce, for dipping
Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and mix to blend.
To make the filling, heat a skillet on high heat with cooking oil. Once the pan is hot, add the garlic, ginger and green onions to the pan, and stir fry for a few seconds, just until fragrant. Add the ground turkey or chicken, breaking into small pieces, and cook until almost cooked through. Add the vegetables to the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes. Mix in the sauce and cook for about 1 minute until thickened slightly. Add the apples to the pan and toss to coat. Immediately remove the pan from the heat.
Serve with lettuce and drizzle or dip in a thai sweet chili sauce.
**All in all it was pretty good, a little lacking in the kick of flavor that I like so I added a topping of the chili sauce and it helped take the wraps to the next level. But I think I still prefer this recipe for Chicken Lettuce Wraps, although a bit messier and more prep work they offer a higher impact of flavor. But if you need something quick and easy definitely give this one a whirl. Ok, I am off to make some popcorn and watch some TV before I hit the sack. Night!