Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Chicken Lettuce Wraps


One of my favorite appetizers is chicken, lettuce wraps.  I quite possibly could eat these everyday.  They have no gluten, are full of protein and are cram packed with vegetables! I mean these are my favorite combinations for a perfect meal.  In addition to all their positives they also taste phenomenal.  I cannot believe it has taken me this long to post them on the blog.  Well with no further delay here they are in all of their glory!


I like to add mushrooms, carrots, pepper and yucca root to my lettuce wrap filling.  If you have not had yucca it tastes like a water chestnut and gives a nice crunch to anything you add it to.  Yucca absorbs the flavor of what you cook it with.  Studies are showing that the Yucca root helps remove cholesterol from the blood and can help with arthritis.  Sounds good to me.

I like to make my lettuce wraps spicy so I add Sriracha and some Chinese mustard.  These can be added in small amounts to lessen the kick.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do! I do know kids love them because they are finger foods.  Who doesn't like playing with their food?  Also adults love them so serve them up as an appetizer at your next party.  Enjoy!



Look at the beautiful colors! Colorful Food = Great Food for the body!


Healthy Tidbits: High in Niacin, Selenium, Vit. A and Vit. B6


Servings:  12 Size:  1/2 cup and 2 lettuce Calories:  107 Fat:  3g Carbs:  7.6g Fiber:  1.2g Protein:  12.1g  Sugar:  1.8g Sodium:  213mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • head of boston bibb lettuce
  • 5 mushrooms diced
  • 1-2 cup carrots
  • 1/4 cup green pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup red pepper diced
  • 1 small Yuca root peeled and diced (pic 1)
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp ground ginger or 2 tsp fresh ginger
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard or chinese mustard
  • 2 tsp. Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce  (more or less depending how spicy you want them)
  • 1-2 tbsp chives

Pic 1:  This is what a yucca root looks like.  This is a small round one. They also have the shape of sweet potatoes.  They taste like a cross between potatoes and water chestnuts.


Get Cooking:
In a large frying pan spray cooking spray and add diced onions.  Start browning the onions when the pan starts to get a some brown spots add about 1 tbsp water.  Continue cooking onions this way until very brown and soft.  Next add ground chicken.  Cook the chicken and break it up with spoon until it is in small pieces.  When meat is fully cooked, next add mushrooms, peppers and garlic.  Cook for a few of minutes.  Turn heat to low on frying pan.  In a small bowl mix vinegar, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, ginger, garlic powder, mustard and hot sauce.  Add this to the meat mixture along with the carrots, yucca and chives.  Serve inside clean boston bibb lettuce. Yum, Yum!

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