Lettuce wraps are so versatile and you can use any variation of fish, meat or veggies. For these I used shredded chicken, julienned cucumber, and carrot. To add a huge punch of flavor I drizzled with a ginger almond butter dipping sauce. These are so tasty and they don’t look too shabby either.
Boston lettuce leaves
Cooked chicken, shredded
1 Carrot, julienned
1/3 English cucumber, julienned
A few cilantro leaves
For the Almond Butter dipping sauce:
1 Tbsp finely grated ginger (I recommend using a microplane)
1 clove of finely grated garlic (again, I recommend a microplane)
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp Almond butter
1 Tbsp water
1/2 Tsp toasted sesame oil
Pinch of red chili flakes (optional)
First make the dressing so all of the flavors have time to blend together. Add all ingredients for the almond butter dipping sauce to a jar with a lid and when lid is firmly tightened shake to incorporate all ingredients.
Next assemble the lettuce wraps: on one lettuce wrap add the carrots and cucumber then shredded chicken. Drizzle with the dipping sauce and finish by topping with fresh cilantro leaves.
Roasting in coconut oil adds a deliciously subtle hint of coconut and this works so well with broccoli. I’ve added some to this lunch bowl along with salmon, quinoa, and treviso leaves (a type of radicchio). This is simply dressed with lemon juice and Maldon sea salt flakes and black pepper.
1-2 cups broccoli florets
1/4 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup cooked salmon
A few treviso leaves
2 Tbsp coconut oil
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
Maldon sea salt – season to taste
Black pepper – season to taste
Mix coconut oil and broccoli florets on a baking sheet so they are evenly coated and season with salt and pepper. Roast in a preheated 425F oven for 10 or so minutes (until starting to brown and broccoli is cooked thru). Add to your bowl along with the quinoa, salmon, treviso and season with lemon juice and salt and pepper.
*Note: if your coconut oil is still solid you can place jar in a bowl of hot water and it will melt right away.
It pains me to throw away food so I do whatever I can not to let anything go to waste. This habit usually serves me well as I come up with recipes that I wouldn’t have otherwise thought of on my own. Here is one such recipe. I had leftover roast chicken and leftover curry yogurt sauce from my last post featuring parsnip fries. This was a perfect base for chicken salad. I served the chicken salad in beautiful little Bibb Lettuce leaves. They were refreshing and tasty and nothing went to waste!
Yogurt curry sauce (see here for recipe)
Cooked chicken (you can use roasted, rotisserie, grilled, whatever you have on hand – cut or shred to small pieces)
1 stalk of celery, chopped
Bibb Lettuce leaves
Sliced almonds (optional)
Add chicken, yogurt sauce, and celery in a bowl and mix together. Add salt to taste. Serve in lettuce leaves and garnish with sliced almonds.
Steamed broccoli gets super tasty with a simple lemon tahini dressing. This makes a great side dish or you could add some roasted or grilled chicken or fish for a helping of protein.
1 head of broccoli cut into even sizes (I love the stalks too – cut into the same size as florets for even cooking)
1-2 Tbsp of tahini
1 Tbsp of water
Juice of half a lemon
Few pinches of Malton sea salt
Few pinches of red pepper flakes (optional)
Steam broccoli in whatever contraption you have until the broccoli is cooked thru but still has some bite to it.
To make the dressing – mix tahini, water, and lemon juice together and season with the salt and red pepper flakes.
Some of my favorite meals have come transforming leftovers into a completely new dish. The spiced roasted carrots and cauliflower from the last post are great in a salad, added to an omelette, or in this case blended into a creamy soup. I love my low sodium vegetable bouillon cubes and with a cup of boiling water and my immersion blender I had everything I needed to make this delicious bowl. You can control the consistency by adding as much or as little broth as you like. The spices from the vegetables were the perfect amount of seasoning but you can adjust salt and pepper if needed.
A few hours prepping on the weekend saves so much time! I am taking advantage of a break in travel to eat healthy home cooked food this week. Here’s the bowl I created today – it’s the second in my lunch series: roasted kale, quinoa, avocado, organic pea sprouts, and roasted sliced turkey lightly dressed with lemon juice, garlic infused olive oil and salt and pepper and fresh oregano. The pea sprouts add a nice refreshing crunchy texture to salads.
See previous post if you want additional info on ingredient prep.
I am seriously craving clean food after a lot of eating out and work travel these last few weeks! I spent a lovely afternoon doing lots of veggie prep this weekend so I can put together quick and easy lunches all week. Here’s the first in my lunch series for this week: quinoa, sautéed mushrooms, organic pea sprouts, roasted garlicky kale and a simple dressing of truffle olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice. Seasoned with just a few pinches of flakey Maldon sea salt and a crushed red pepper flakes. Perfection!
Roasted Kale: Spread chopped tuscan kale and chopped garlic on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and a few pinches of salt (optional: pinch of red pepper flakes) – roast at 425F for about 10 minutes or so.
Sautéed mushrooms: In a pan over medium heat add a tablespoon or two of your oil of choice, add mushrooms and sauté, add chopped garlic when mushrooms are close to cooked thru. Season with salt and fresh herbs to finish – I used fresh oregano.
Quinoa – I just followed package instructions: bringing 2 cups of water with 1 cup of quinoa to a boil and then simmer until all water is absorbed and quinoa is cooked thru. Dressing was a few drizzles of truffle infused olive oil, the juice of half a lemon squeezed over the bowl and a few pinches of Maldon sea salt and red pepper flakes.
There are endless combos of these bowls – please share your creations!