Sunny weather and Lettuce wraps!

As I have explained before on this blog, I am not a chef. I am nothing close to a chef and my basic goal each day is to feed my husband and son successfully without anyone getting sick or turning green due to my cooking :-). That is all. Prior to my shift to being a stay at home mom, my husband was our household cook. He was pretty impressive in the kitchen and would easily pull together meals without a second thought. That is not me so at all which is why it has taken almost a full year for me to gain my ground in the kitchen. I am starting to enjoy experimenting with different ingredients and I find myself saying “Oh you know what would taste good in this?” Which is huge…I thought that would never happen!

 

So last Friday kick started a long stretch of beautiful weather in the mid 60’s here in Dallas. Absolutely beautiful, play in the park, type weather and we were insanely happy about it. The nice weather reminded me of one of our favorite summer time meals, lettuce wraps. This meal was a hit with my husband and son but the most exciting part about this meal was that I could accomplish most the prep work during nap time.

 

Lettuce Wraps 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 chicken breast- diced
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 table spoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ginger powder
  • ¼ tablespoon (or to taste) Sriracha. ***** (not for baby…)
  • 1 8oz can of water chestnuts, drained and diced
  • 1 cup of snow peas cut in half
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 head of lettuce

 

  • In a small bowl whisk together the garlic, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger and sriracha (if you are not cooking for kids!), set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat and add the diced chicken breast. Cook about 5 minutes and add in the onion at the 3 minute mark.
  • Add the hoisin mixture to the pan and stir
  • When the onions are completely translucent stir in the water chestnuts and snow peas and cook for an additional 1 minute
  • Season to taste and salt and pepper

 

I love serving this buffet style and placing the mixture next to big large lettuce leaves and couscous. I am a huge fan of iceberg lettuce with lettuce wraps but most people actually prefer butter lettuce so it’s completely your call.  I love serving this with couscous and have even thrown it in my wrap for additional flavor. I also top my wrap with Sriracha since I did not add it in with the original mixture. Another suggestion I thought of while making this was dicing up some green onions and tossing them in right at the end with the water chestnuts and snow peas 🙂

Lettuce Wraps

 

Our toddler LOVED this so I encourage you to give this one a try 🙂

 

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