One of my favorite things to get at restaurants is lettuces wraps! I love the rolled up lettuce crunch followed by the delicious sauce dripping down your hand. I love the flavors and I love how everyone kinda does it differently. Mm, let’s take a minute to imagine that first bite.
Ok, let me get my calendar and put it on my agenda to eat some lettuce wraps. Like, go out to eat, date night type of thang where I can sit and eat my food leisurely. There’s something about going out to eat with my children where I shove food in my mouth as fast as possible so we can BOUNCE before they break the place. It’s not the most enjoyable activity.
I’m excited for them to be more restaurant friendly as they grow – mamas, please tell me this eventually happens?! My own mom may contradict this, but I feel like I was always a JOY to take to restaurants. I mean, besides that infamous “Let’s go see the cakes” incident, but that was only one time!! Everyone can have one off night, right?!
Ok ok ok the story goes like this… I was acting up in a restaurant and in an effort to remove me from the restaurant and restore peace for the patrons my dad said, “Hey Linds, want to go see the cakes?” Oh, you mean that gorgeous spinning cake display that has so many different types of cakes to choose from? You mean that glistening corner display that I imagine they have in every corner of heaven? Yes. Cakes. Me. Watch them.
But that’s not how it went down. No, my friends. It was a LIE. We were most certainly NOT GOING TO SEE THE CAKES. We instead went out to the parking lot and sat in the car (or something, I don’t remember. I was too busy screaming my brains out and holding with all my little person might to the front door of the restaurant as my dad carried me past the cakes). All I got was a shiny rotating blur of the cakes as we breezed by.
But like I said, that was only one time, right?! Totally no biggie. Just a ginormous meltdown when I wasn’t allowed to watch the cakes spin. Not much has changed 🙂
Besides that, I was a JOY. Moral of the story, don’t lie to me about cakes.
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So um…. let’s make some Chicken Lettuce Wraps!!
- 1 sweet onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lb. ground chicken
- ½ cup water chestnuts, rinsed and coarsely chopped
- 3 tablespoons tamari (or soy sauce)
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar (or rice vinegar)
- 1 tablespoon natural almond butter
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (agave nectar, honey or maple syrup works too)
- ¼ teaspoon fish sauce
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger (fresh ginger works too)
- 1 head green leaf lettuce
- 2 scallions, chopped
- ½ cup almonds, chopped
- white sesame seeds for garnish
- In a pan over medium high heat, sauté the onion in avocado oil stirring occasionally until browned, about 5 minutes.
- Add the pepper and continue to cook for a couple minutes for the peppers to soften.
- Add the garlic, and chicken and using a spatula to chop up the chicken.
- Cook the chicken until it is white and no longer translucent.
- Add the water chestnuts and turn the heat down to low.
- In a small mason jar or any container with a lid, combine the tamari, sesame oil, white wine vinegar, almond butter, coconut sugar, fish sauce, garlic powder, and ground ginger.
- Screw the lid on and shake up to combine.
- Pour a couple of tablespoons of the sauce into the pan and reserve the rest for drizzling into the lettuce wraps,
- Stir the chicken mixture one more time and remove from heat.
- Wash and dry your green leaf lettuce (the best for wrapping!!) and set on a plate.
- Scoop the chicken mixture into the leaves or serve in a big bowl for everyone to scoop into their own leaf.
- Top with chopped scallion, chopped almonds, and white sesame seeds.
- Serve with the sauce for pouring into the wrap or dipping!