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I love foods that are wrapped...especially in lettuce or a super nutrient dense leafy green like chard or collards.
Here's a quick n' easy recipe for some satisfying, refreshing & delicious lettuce wraps which will leave you with a jar of homemade Hoisin sauce (aka Chinese BBQ sauce) which can be used in stir-fry's, wraps, dipping sauces, marinades & whatever else you want to use it for! This is an all natural & preservative free hoisin sauce recipe which is impossible to find in the market and it's SUPER easy to make!
This wrap recipe can be vegetarian, you can use veggies and/or mushrooms for the filling instead.
2 Tbsp oil, (olive, avocado or grapeseed)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 inch ginger, minced
1/4 cup miso paste
1 Tbsp tamari sauce (or coconut aminos)
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
1/4 cup honey (or other natural sweetener)
2 Tbsp rice vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
Water as needed for desired consistency
Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. AND...you have Hoisin Sauce, that easy! Bottle and store in fridge, should keep for up to 2 weeks.
Chicken Lettuce Wraps: serves 4-6
Cooking oil (coconut or avocado)
Chicken breast x 2, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 head red cabbage, thinly sliced
2 carrots, cut into matchsticks
1 yellow pepper, diced
1 Tbsp lime juice or rice vinegar
handful of cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup sesame seeds (optional)
1 pkg romaine hearts
Heat a medium sized skillet then add 1-2Tbsp cooking oil.
Saute onions for 3-4 min or until softened.
Add chicken, cook for 6-8 min stirring occasionally. Add garlic cooking for another 1-2 min.
Place the remaining vegetables except romaine hearts into skillet, saute for another 10min or until veggies are soft.
Pour 3 Tbsp of your delicious Hoisin sauce to the veggies & meat and mix well until everything is coated. Toss in the cilantro & sesame seeds.
Clean, dry and prep your romaine hearts by cutting off the stem, place them on a serving plate.
Add 2 Tbsp of the chicken & veggie filling to the romaine heart and voila! This dish can be served warm or cold.
One of my great joys in life is cooking! As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) & food lover I continue to explore the balance between healthy, traditional food preparation and tasty dishes.
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