Thursday, February 3, 2011

Asian Lettuce Wraps

After a recent trip to the holistic doctor, I have been looking for new ways to consume meat, ways that won't leave me thinking of rotting flesh and factory farming.  You see this most-times vegetarian has been told that the vegetarian lifestyle is not for me.  But, I just don't know much about cooking meat without using lots of fat and carbohydrates (which, sadly, I am not supposed to have much of either).  So I made Asian Lettuce Wraps...think Asian flavored taco in a lettuce leaf.  Or don't, because that sounds gross.  But these were good, and everyone in my family was happy. 

Asian Lettuce Wraps

1 lb. ground turkey breast
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1 small zucchini, diced
1 rib celery, sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tsp. Chinese Five Spice Blend
2 tbs. lite soy sauce
Lettuce leaves (we used romaine, but butter lettuce would have been better)
Hoisin sauce, for topping (optional, but encouraged)

Heat a skillet over medium high heat.  Coat pan with a small amount of canola oil.  Add meat.  When it begins to brown, add veggies.  Cook for about 10 minutes, until meat is cooked and veggies are softening.  Add spice and stir to coat.  Then add the soy sauce.  Cook another couple of minutes.  Remove from heat, spoon into lettuce leaves and top with a drizzle of hoisin sauce. 

Even the Husband liked this, and it was so pretty.  We had a summer day on a plate when the wind, ice, snow and sleet were pounding the prairie outside. 
Give it a try!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Isn't that Pretty

Ice is pretty.

Snow is pretty.

Winter itself is pretty.

And I am pretty much over it.