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I have learned many things along this rocky road called life! The most important thing I've learned is that I needed a Savior long ago! I felt so lost before the Lord found me and I opened up my heart to Him. Many things were coming at me, not the least of which was a voice telling me that my life wasn't worth going on for! When the Lord found me, He saved me from this lying voice! I invited Him into my home and my heart! From then on it's been Him and I in all things. My hope for you is that if you are on that same rocky road that I was on, empty, wondering if it's worth it to go on, you too will invite the Lord to save you. He will show you that your life is worth living for Him!

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Chicken Lettuce Wrap Soup!

We just <3  Chicken Lettuce Wraps from P.F.Changs. 
So Jeff and I attended a Chinese Cooking Class at the Cooking Store, Mission Grove Center in order to learn how to make this yummy dish! 
That was alot of fun for us! 

Now I just do a very simple style of Chicken Lettuce Wraps that I know you alllllll can make also!! 

This recipe will feed 4 adults
(that is if you have really good eaters like Jeff and RJ!!! Otherwise you may be able to feed 6..hahaha <3 )


Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Chopped Garlic 
(Note:  I chop 6 whole heads of garlic in a chopper and place it in a container with some olive oil...then I store it in the fridge....that way it is always ready to use!) 
Granulated Onion
Garlic Salt and White Pepper
(note:  I buy whole white peppercorns from Sprouts and grind them in my pepper mill)
2 lbs. ground chicken  (Winco/ Fresh & Easy always carry this!)  
Low Sodium Soy Sauce
Hoisin Sauce

Condiment list to follow recipe!  

Heat olive oil in pan and add ground chicken.  Season with garlic, granulated onion, garlic salt and white pepper.  Sprinkle each one on top and mix in, then sprinkle a little bit more.  Brown, but do not over cook, you want meat to be tender....alll the while breaking it up.  (Note: in the cooking class we learned that to break meat up smaller, you could rub it inbetween your hands.) 

Once it is cooked, add some hoisin sauce from Trader Joes or the regular market.  Thin down  with some low sodium soy sauce.  Simmer for about 8-10 mins. on low.  Again, we don't want to overcook the meat.

Make some Brown Bastmati rice according to the instructions. 

Use whole romaine leaves cut in half.  (I buy the big bag from Costco and always have this on hand.)

Condiments to have on hand:
Toasted Sesame Seeds    (Sprinkle on rice and on meat in wrap)
Sliced Green Onions     (Sprinkle on rice and on meat in wrap)

Chopped Cilantro        (Sprinkle on rice and on meat in wrap)

Chopped Cashews         (Sprinkle on meat in wrap)

Shredded Purple Cabbage (Sprinkle on meat in wrap)

Shredded Napa Cabbage   (Sprinkle on meat in wrap)
Wonton Strips           (Sprinkle on meat in wrap)

Place meat, rice and condiments in romaine lettuce and enjoy! 

Sauce like PF's

1.  Low Sodium Soy Sauce       (Approx. 1/2 Cup)
2.  Prepared Chinese Mustard   (Approx. 2-4 teaspoons)
3.  Chinese Garlic Chili Sauce    (1 tsp. or more depending on how hot you want it!)
Mix the 3 of these together to make P F's sauce! Enjoy on brown rice or on lettuce wraps!

Chicken Lettuce Wrap Soup!

1 can low sodium Chicken Broth
1/2 -3/4 cups cooked brown rice (1-3 days old is fine)
Left over Chicken lettuce wrap chicken
Low Sodium Soy Sauce
Hoisin Sauce

Place chicken broth, left over chicken lettuce wrap meat, and brown rice in a bowl.  Add some extra hoisin sauce and low sodium soy sauce.  (Note: do this to taste, don't overdo or it will be too salty)  Nuke (haha microwave) for 5 mins. if cold from the start.  

Top with cilantro, sliced green onions!  Microwave and enjoy!

Monica's Munchies  <3 

P.S. if you have left over sauteed zuchinni or carrotts, that would be great in there too and don't forget to make a cup of hot green tea....use a little bit of blue agave to take away the slightly bitter taste! 

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