Thai chicken lettuce wraps…YUM!

The women’s Bible study group at my church  had a potluck today and after much consideration, I went with the Thai chicken lettuce wraps.  It’s quick and easy, tastes really good and is healthy and nutritious.  I used a recipe from one of the foodies on foodbuzz, Kathy from Vegas. (sorry your link’s not working). 

  • 3 boneless chicken breasts (grounded)
  • 2 tbsp minced onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • small can of diced water chestnuts
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp finely minced lemongrass
  • black pepper
  • 2 tbsp oil

I used  Bibb lettuce, grated carrot,  basil and cilantro for garnish. 

The only ingredients I left out of Kathy’s recipe is the fish sauce, and I used regular onion instead of green onions.

  • Heat oil in pan and add the ginger and garlic, sauté for 1 minute
  • Stir in the chicken and cook until done
  • Stir in all of the remaining ingredients and saute an additional 2 minutes (except the lettuce, carrot, basil, and cilantro)
  • Let the chicken cool off a bit, then serve a tablespoon or two of chicken on each lettuce leaf.  Garnish it with the grated carrot, basil, and cilantro.  Roll it like a taco AND….VERY IMPORTANT, serve with Thai sweet chili sauce. That sauce could become my new addiction 🙂

ground chicken,chestnuts,onions,garlic,etc cooking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Soo so good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were at least 3 or 4 different kinds of quiches and lots of other goodies there….check it out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast pizza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, I tried some of this amazing dessert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything was delish and great fellowship.

Eat well, live long and enjoy a potluck!   WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE DISH TO MAKE FOR A POTLUCK DINNER?

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Let’s talk….

I know what you’re thinking….Martica’s getting lazy with her blogging duties.  Not so!  I’ve been, well, busy.  With, you know, stuff.  The kind of stuff that keeps you busy.   Let’s talk weather.  It’s been nice, not hot.  There’s a hurricane lurking around the Gulf and I guess we’re getting those winds??  It’s a nice welcome change around here, just can’t spend too much time on the hair.

Let’s talk flax. 

I’ve added flax seed to my diet.   Some of the benefits I’m looking forward to include:  smooth skin, they assist in building muscle and burning fat, they’re good for heart health, are high in Omega3 oils and they might even help with arthritis.  Back up!  Did I say it assists in burning fat and it’s good for my heart?!  That my friends is a good enough reason to sprinkle a couple of tablespoons into my smoothies or yogurt every day. If you have or are a teenager with acne, flax seed is supposed to help clear some of that up also.   Here’s my first plate that included some milled flax:

Yogurt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk Biofreeze!  

Good, good stuff.  Ever since I started going for long walks and some light jogging, I always end up with back and hip pain.  I got a couple of  samples that were in my goodie bag from the 5k last weekend and felt instant relief after rubbing some on those sore spots.  I know it’s temporary relief and I have to get to the root of the problem, but the Biofreeze gel feels so good.  I’m hooked.  So I went and got a 4oz tube.

Biofreeze

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk food.  

Since this week really has been a busy one, I have found myself making lots of quickie, rushed meals.  Now for me that’s not a problem, because most of what I cook takes less than 20 minutes.  My favorite for a quickie morning meal is yogurt, fruit and of course, now some flax seed.  I was soooo busy one day that I actually burned….well take a look for yourself……

Burnt pan

Oh well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No biggie, the chicken was salvaged,  and eventually was used for a couple of quickie wraps.

chicken,spinach,tomato,fat free cheese on a whole wheat wrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also had some black bean soup topped with fat free cheese

Black bean soup, Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And snacked on apples and peanut butter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh and that’s pumpkin butter in the corner…..love that stuff!

I did try something new this week, Shiratake tofu noodles that I heard about from Hungry Girl.  They smell, icky, really icky.  But once you get the smell out by boiling them for a few minutes they weren’t that bad.  I added some Boca crumbles, sauce and made a spinach salad with tomato and feta. The noodles were ok but they come in a small bag and we only got 2 small servings out of it.  Since they’re soooo ridiculously low on calories, I would have liked to have eaten more of the noodles.   Talk about a quick meal, 3 minutes to boil the noodles, a few minutes to cook the Boca crumbles, add sauce, make salad and you’re done in less than 10 minutes!

Shiratake tofu noodles topped with Boca crumbles and sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk sleep.

The time change this year has turned me into a napper.  I find myself wanting to go to sleep at 9pm.  On that note, this girl’s getting to bed, it’s late.

Eat well, live long, and add some flax to your life.

Tues to do list..mammo..check..lunch……CHECK!

Well I had another mammogram and man did that sucka hurt!!!!!!   The doctor wanted to see more of my left booby and so a spot compression was done.  And did she compress on that spot.  Seriously, it hurt!  Hopefully all is well and I won’t have to have that done again until next year. 

I have a long to-do list for today and so far, well I managed to make a great lunch and there will be leftovers for dinner tonight.  I love wraps and usually stuff them with lots of yummy, healthy foods.  Ok, so chicken was marinading since morning in my favorites,  Mojo, honey mustard, and spicy sauce.  If you marinade your chicken or steaks in these I guarantee you will be happy with the outcome.

my fave marinade

my fave marinade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, I added pepper, adobo, oregano flakes and paprika.  I love to use paprika to add color to the chicken.

seasonings

seasonings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

cooking in its juices

cooking in its juices

While the chicken was cooking in it’s yummy juices I added some onions, carrot strips and spinach.
I wanted some fries with my wrap but they are off limits, so I cut up some sweet potato and sprinkled them with salt and pepper. 
Chicken’s still cooking and an amazing aroma is filling my house.   The sweet potato fries go  in the oven to bake at 425 for about 15-20 minutes.
Next, I cut up some avocado and before I know it….chicken’s done!  Start layering the whole wheat wrap with carrots, spinach, onions
chicken wrap
Add the avocados
chicken wrap
Wrap it up and start munchin’ on the ssaaaweeeeetttt potato fries
chicken wrap n sweet potato fries