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Asian Chicken Lettuce Cup-Rice-Bowl

Asian Chicken Lettuce Cup-Rice-Bowl

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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If you have followed me, you know I really like Asian Fusion foods and crave them several times a week. My lovely, on the other hand, doesn’t share my enthusiasm. She likes it but doesn’t crave it like I do. I’ve made chicken lettuce wraps more times than I can count and I love them. The cool lettuce with the spicy salty ground chicken It’s such a simple, flavorful, quick and fairly healthy depending on what you put into it (or don’t). My suspicion with jill’s tepid interest in the lettuce cup lies in the lettuce as a vehicle. It’s messy, or at least mine is messy.

As I mentioned in my last post, Jill bought me Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook at her book fair. As with all my cookbooks, I go through every page and tag the ones I want to try. So I took her base sauce and added some extra veggies and will toy with making a rice lettuce bowl like you would get at Chipotle and add the chicken on it to see if I can move Jill’s needle or determine if the lettuce cup is the culprit of indifference.

Results: So I made this recipe this week and used Chrissy Teigen’s sauce recipes but added some additional vegetables and instead of serving it atop a lettuce cup, I just added it to a bowl for my wife. Flavor was good but I like my recipe a little better due to the peanut sauce but I loved the spicy notes. I didn’t like the bowl idea and would go back to the lettuce wrap. I also didn’t like the mushroom addition and I thought there was too much ginger. But I will be making lettuce wraps in future but using my recipe with a few tips from Chrissy’s book on the sauce.

Ingredients:
Sauce
3 Tbsp. GF Thai sweet chili sauce
3 Tbsp. GF hoisin sauce
3 Tbsp. light GF soy sauce
2 Tbsp. Sriracha
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. sesame oil
1½ Tbsp. GF unseasoned rice vinegar
2 Tbsp. minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger

Filling
1 lb. ground chicken
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
8 scallions, thinly sliced, whites and greens kept separate
3 cloves of minced garlic
1 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
1 Tbsp. of minced jalapeno
4 tbs of minced carrots
4 tbs of diced mushrooms
½ cup finely diced water chestnuts
3 tbs finely diced red bell pepper
Fresh Cilantro
Prepared Rice
Butter Leaf Lettuce (torn)

Directions:
1. Prepare the sauce by mincing everything and then mixing with the wet ingredients. Set aside 2 tbs for browning the ground chicken. img_1051

2. As with most stir-fry type dishes, they go really quickly so go ahead and cut up all your veggies and put them into three different bowls. (hard= carrots, bell pepper, ginger, medium jalapeno, white parts of scallions, mushroom and garlic, soft= cilantro, green onion parts). img_1049

3. Mix in 2 tsp of the sauce into the ground chicken. In a medium heated wok or skillet add some oil and your ground chicken and cook until brown. 5-6 minutes. and remove from the pan.

4. Now for the veggies. Add some oil back to the pan and start by adding the “hard” veggies first and stir and cook for about a minute. Then add your medium and stir for another minute. img_1052

5. Add the chicken back into the pan with the “hard” and “medium” veggies and pour in the rest of the sauce.

6. Right before plating add the cilantro and green onions.
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7. Remove from heat and give it one more stir. To plate the dish, I tore up the lettuce and put it on the bottom of the bowl and then layered on the rice and topped it with the chicken mixture.
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Thai Noodle and Beef Salad

Thai Noodle and Beef Salad

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Thai Noodle and Beef Salad
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We often frequent our local Houston’s on Sunday evenings and enjoy sitting at the bar enjoying a drink and dinner. They have this Thai Noodle Salad that is really good. It has a lot of veggies with a pop of mango. What really pushes this salad over the top is the beef. It’s high quality, super lean and tender. The other night she encouraged me to try her beef and it was so good that it encouraged me to try to make it on my own. I poked around looking for Thai Noodle Salads and found one I like that served as my base and then made adjustments.

It turned out really delicious. The zing from the dressing along with the sweet mango and savory meat makes for a really harmonious meal. I used udon noodles so this would satisfy as gluten free as long as your soy sauce is also GF. If you are looking to try something fresh, colorful, healthy and delicious give it a try.

adapted from Savorybites
Ingredients:

Ingredients:

Dressing
3 tbs fresh lime juice
3 tbs of soy sauce
3 tbs Sriracha
1 tbs fish sauce
Dash of sesame oil
1 tbs of grapeseed oil
1 large clove minced garlic
1 tbs light brown sugar

Marinade for the Beef
1/4 cup of soy sauce
1 tbs fish sauce
1 tbs Sriracha
Dash of sesame oil
1 tbs of grapeseed oil
1 large clove minced garlic
3 tbs of minced ginger
1 tbs light brown sugar

Salad Ingredients:
10 oz of beef filet Mignon
Udon egg noodles for two (30%-40% of package)
1 large handful of spinach
Handful of sliced cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup of finely diced red onion
1 large handful shredded red cabbage
1 large handful of cilantro
1 small julienned carrot
1 diced mango
A handful of pistachos

Directions:
1. Mix your dressing and marinade ingredients separately. Dice your beef into large bite sized pieces and add your marinade to a zip lock baggy and let it rest for 6-12hours. Place your dressing in the refrigerator.

2. Cut all you salad ingredients accordingly and set them aside. (don’t dress it yet)

3. Cook your noodles according to the package. These cook quickly (4mins) and you don’t want soggy noodles. Pull them immediately and rinse with cold water until the noodles are cool. Set them aside.

4. Lastly the steak. In a Medium-Medium High heated cast iron skillet you want to take your beef from the marinade and shake it and remove any of the ginger and garlic. This is a nice piece of meat so don’t over cook it. The goal is to sear it for a nice crust. I had to remove some of the liquid once in the process because if the pan is wet it wont get that sear you will want.

5. Assembly. So now you have your cooked noodles, cut veggies and seared steak. In a large bowl slowly spoon your dressing into the veggie mix. Stir or toss your dressed veggies and then add your noodles. Stir/Toss until coated. Taste and add dressing until you get it right(not over dressed or soggy). Plate your dressed veggies/mango and noodles. Place the steak on top of the salad and garnish with pistachios or peanuts.
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Roasted Herb Chicken and Roots

Roasted Herb Chicken and Roots

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Roasted Herb Chicken and Roots
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This recipe is deliciously simple and sadly boring. It is gluten free, clean, Paleo etc.. It’s healthy and passes almost any diet tests. Roasting fresh food is just delicious. It just concentrates flavors while creating great textures from crunchy to pillow soft. Everything on the plate was 100 natural and either raised or grown without chemicals or additives. I added Zucchini but didn’t like it as well as the carrots and potatoes. Just preference.

Ingredients:
2 air chilled chicken breasts
Several Carrots
1 zucchini
handful of potatoes
Fresh rosemary and Thyme minced
juice of a lemon

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and on a sheet tray add your washed and prepped carrots, potatoes and zucchini.
Squeeze the lemon juice over everything. A few glugs of olive oil (optional). Top with minced herbs, Kosher salt and fresh black pepper.
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Goat Cheese Turkey Baked Ziti

Goat Cheese Turkey Baked Ziti

  • Servings: 4-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Goat Cheese Turkey Baked Ziti
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The request for a pasta dish came in from my better half. Somewhere along the way we started adding a little goat cheese to our spaghetti sauce to give it a little tang. We have a friend that describes the taste of goat cheese as “wet fur”. If you share a disdain for goat cheese you can omit it. I guess we like the taste of wet fur… who knew?

So instead of spaghetti I settled on a baked ziti. What’s cool is I found this penne pasta that was gluten free. It held together nicely and frankly I couldn’t tell the difference. In fact, Jill claimed that it was the best baked ziti dishes that she has ever eaten and when I told her it was GF she was shocked. I think what really made this dish shine was the combination of the goat cheese in the sauce and then the blistered smoked mozzarella (Trader Joes) on the top.

The ground turkey really crumbles well so it blends into the sauce perfectly. One cheat I often do when in a rush is to use jarred sauce and then add to it. I used Rao’s for this one and added some garlic slices, parm, goat cheese, tomato paste, red wine and some basil.

Ingredients:
1 package of ground turkey (you could sub beef, pork, chicken, sausage)
1 package of Penne pasta (I used gluten free)
1 jar of Rao’s Marinara Sauce
4 cloves of sliced garlic
1 shallot diced
2-3 tbs of tomato paste
1/4 cup of goat cheese
1/4 cup of grated Parmesan
Fresh smoked mozzarella (sliced or pinched on top)
1/2 cup of red wine
Basil (fresh or dried) (optional)

Directions:
Prep: Get a boiling pot of water for your pasta, dice your garlic and shallot and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
1. While you wait on your water to boil take a large pot and add your ground turkey. Oil if you need it. I always use medium heat. Once your meat is browned I added the shallot and sweated it out for 3-4 minutes. I then added the garlic slices (you can mince if you prefer) and let them soften for about 1 minute.

2. Now add wine, sauce, basil and tomato paste and bring it to a simmer. Depending upon your pasta and boiling water you can let this simmer until the pasta is done. Drain and strain and set aside. IMG_0873

3. Turn the heat off and add the goat cheese and Parmesan cheese and stir until well combined. If it’s too thick you can add a little water (pasta water if you saved any). Now add the cooked pasta and stir well until everything is well coated.

4. Pour this into a baking dish and top with the smoked mozzarella. On your lowest oven rack or at least in the middle put your dish into the oven but crank it on broil. When cheese is blistered remove and serve.
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Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps
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I’ve posted a few PF Chang copycat attempts. Now when I make lettuce wraps I am not sure what I am making.. a mash up Korean, Chinese or Thai. I love playing around with Asian sauces. The balance of sweet, salty and spicy just scratch me where I itch. Fairly healthy meal or snack. I would say great for parties but we seem to make a mess and have sauces pouring down our hands. So bring your napkins.

Ingredients
1 package of ground turkey, chicken or pork
4 cloves of minced garlic
1 bunch of green onions
1 can of water chestnuts diced finely
1-2 carrots cut into thin strips
hand full of chopped cilantro
1 tbs of minced ginger
1 head of butter or bibb lettuce

1/4 cup hoisin
2 tbs of Tamari
1 tbs of Rice wine vinegar
1 tbs of Sriracha
1 tsp of Sesame oil
3 tbs of Peanut Sauce (or 1 tbs of warm peanut butter)

Directions
1. Brown your meat (medium heat) and remove any of the fat. Remove your turkey from the pan and add the white parts of the green onion. Let them soften a bit.

2. Now return your meat to the pan along with the onions, garlic, carrots, water chestnuts and ginger. Then combine all the wet sauce ingredients and stir until simmering and until it thickens or reduces a bit. Add the cilantro right near the end. Remove from heat to let cool a little bit. Remember you will be eating this with only a piece of lettuce to shield your hand.

Serve with some diced radishes, cilantro or peanuts.

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Spicy Tuna Salad Avocado Romaine Boats

Spicy Tuna Salad Avocado Romaine Boats
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Today for lunch I was wanting something simple, flavorful and low carb. I had an avocado and some romaine on hand but they were on the back end of their freshness. Whipped up these little tuna boats and topped with a tiny bit of Sriracha chips for some crunch.
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Ingredients:
2 Cans of Tuna (low sodium in water without nets)
Dukes Mayo
Shredded Carrots
Shredded Red Cabbage
Handful of diced jalapenos
1 avocado
2 dashes of Tabasco per boat
Sriracha chips crumbs
1 head of Romaine
Kosher Salt
Black Pepper
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Directions:
1. Pretty simple… Press the water from your cans of tuna. Put in a bowl and mix it in with Duke Mayo (use the amount you like in your tuna salad).

2. Mix in the shredded / diced carrots, jalapenos, purple cabbage. Kosher Salt and Pepper… taste and adjust accordingly.IMG_9214

3. Slice your avocado and cut the bottom of your Romaine lettuce. Put some avocado in the base of your lettuce leafs. Top with your Tuna Salad. I hit each boat with 2-3 glugs of Tabasco sauce and then topped with some crumbled Sriracha Chips for color and crunch.
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Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

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Looking for recipes to try that are GF,DF,Paleo etc… so decided upon Lentil Soup. The taste is pretty good but I am coming clean when I say I don’t love lentils. Just something about the texture is off putting to me. That said, if you like them this recipe will work for you.

Ingredients:
1lbs of dried lentils (soaked for at least 24 hrs)
1 onion
2 carrots
4 stalks of celery
1 red bell pepper
1 parsnip
handful of cherry tomatoes
1/2 tbs of cumin
1/2 tbs of chili powder
1/2 tbs of coriander
2 quarts of Vegetable broth

Directions:
Soak your beans overnight. Rinse thoroughly. In a large pot heated to medium high add your veggies and sweat them out. Add spices and garlic and stir for about 1 min to let the spices release their oils. Add lentils and broth. Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer for an hour. I mash mine with a potato masher to thicken it up.
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Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup

Mexican Chicken and Rice Soup

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Today was the first chilly day of the fall with a docket of great college football games. A spicy soup seemed like the natural choice. Now I just make this up and don’t measure so I’ll do my best to recall how I made it. I will say, I love this stuff and ended up eating it several times over the weekend. It is GF, DF, Paleo but does contain some brown rice (optional).

Ingredients:

Package of Organic Chicken Tenderloins
2 containers of Organic Chicken Broth
2 carrots diced
2 stalks of celery
1 Red Pepper
1 Green Pepper
2 Jalapenos
1 Yellow onion (diced)
3 garlic cloves (pressed)
handful of cherry tomatoes
1/2 avocado topping
1 cup brown rice
2 tbs of Ancho Chili Powder
2 tsp of Paprika
1 tsp of cayenne pepper
1 tbs of Mexican Oregano
2 tbs of Happy Tomato Salsa
Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Go ahead and dice up all your veggies. For the jalapenos I use have as is and then I remove the seeds and spines of the larger half (stem to mid pepper).

2. In a oiled (olive oil and coconut oil) medium-high heated large pot sweat your onions, celery and carrots until the onion is soft and translucent. Add your peppers and garlic and stir carefully ensuring your garlic doesn’t burn.

3. Add your spices and stir for one minute and then add your broth and bring to boil and turn down to a simmer.

4. Cube your chicken and rice and let it simmer for an hour. Add some cherry tomatoes and Happy Tomato Salsa let it simmer for another 30mins. Finally serve with avocado.

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Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
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Jill is less of a fan of stinky green so I came up with a second side dish that would pair with the chicken and fancy her palette better. Now I have made and seen other recipes like this but they do contain dairy (cream or cream cheese) but we can not have that during our 21 day body makeover. So these could be better and creamier if you could add dairy. Again, it’s not a potato with lovely cheese but also sans the calories/lactose/flavor/starch.

Ingredients:
Head of Cauliflower
1 tbs of Coconut Oil (unrefined)
1 tbs of Organic butter or ghee
6 Green onions
1-2 cloves of minced garlic
Pepper
Kosher Salt (I tried to go very light so wont put an amount)

Directions:

1. Cut your Cauliflower into smaller pieces and steam them until soft. Add to a food processor and pulse until smooth. Set aside.

2. Cut your onions and add to a medium low heated pot and cook with your oils until softened. Add your minced garlic and stir for a minute and now add your pureed cauliflower and stir until combined. Add your Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste.

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Spaghetti Squash Turkey Marinara

Spaghetti Squash Turkey Marinara
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This recipe is a great Paleo, Whole30, WW, GF, DF, 21 Day Body Makeover (good gosh) Italian dish that mimics a rich marinara meat sauce with angel hair pasta. Does it? No parm or goat cheese or more salt would be much more appetizing but it’s pretty good.

Ingredients:
spaghetti squash
lean organic ground turkey
7 cloves of minced garlic
1 yellow onion
28 0z of Natural Crushed Tomatoes (no preservatives, sugars etc..)
Fresh Basil
2 tbs of Coconut Oil (unrefined) or Ghee
Crushed Red Pepper
Smidge of Kosher Salt

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Directions:
1. Split and scoop out the seeds of the squash. Flesh side down put into a 400 degree oven and roast it for 40-50 minutes. Remove and let it cool.

2. Mince your onions and put into a medium heated pot with 1 tbs of oil/ghee until onions are softened. Add your ground turkey and cook out the pink. Now add your minced garlic and crushed red pepper (optional) and stir for a minute until finally adding your tomatoes with all the juice. Turn down to a simmer and let the flavors concentrate into a thick sauce. Add fresh torn basil before serving.

3. Take your cooled squash and work it with a fork to create spaghetti like noodles. Mix with your sauce to your liking and serve.
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