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Good morning! This morning is our Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day! You can see my last Foodie Pen Pal post here.

 FINDS

The Lean Green Bean
My foodie package this month came from Loy Moore at Grandma Loy’s Kitchen.

Loy asked me what my kitchen colors were which are light greens and then sent me kitchen towels and a note pad to go with it! So cute.

The food items she sent were:

  • Dark Chocolate Rolled Wafers- perfect with coffee
  • Pesto- I love!
  • Blackberry Preserves- perfect on toast
  • Sweet Chili Sauce- this was tested in my Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe coming later!
  • (2) Apples- I always have an apple in my purse because they are my favorite snack!

This was a great foodie package, thank you Loy for all the treats!

This is my 2nd month being apart of the Foodie Pen Pal program and I love it! You can see what I gave my foodie penpal over at Courtney’s page! You don’t have to be a blogger to be apart of it and it’s fun to try new foods from different parts of the U.S. You can sign up with Lindsay at Lean Green Bean Blog.

FLAVOR

Dinner last night was Health Chicken Lettuce Wraps. I’m sure a lot of you have tried the famous lettuce wraps from P.F. Changs and if you were to search the calories and nutrition you would learn how caloric they are. I have several friends who have made “healthier” versions of the lettuce wraps, and this is mine. You can make this Vegetarian and not add the meat or add Tofu! I also used some of the Sweet Chili Sauce from my foodie package for this recipe and it tasted great.

Healthy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Serves 4

Produce

  • (3) Carrots
  • (2) Celery Stalks
  • (3) Cloves of Garlic
  • (3) Scallions
  • (1) Red Bell Pepper
  • (1/4) Cup of Cilantro
  • 1 head of Bibb Lettuce or Romaine Lettuce

Protein

  • (1) lb of Ground Chicken
  • (1/4) cup of Unsalted Raw Cashews

Seasonings & Sauces

  • (1/4) cup of Plum Sauce
  • (2) tbsp of Soy Sauce
  • (2) tbsp of Rice Vinegar
  • (1) tbsp of Sweet Chilli Sauce (not needed just extra flavor)
  • (1/4) tsp of Salt
  • (1/4) tsp of Black Pepper

Chop all produce ingredients + cashews into fine pieces (except the Bibb lettuce). If you have a mini chopper this will save you SO much time.

Add a few tbsp of olive oil to a non-stick pan and heat to medium heat. Add the Carrot, Celery, Bell Pepper, Garlic and Scallion to the pan and cook until it softens, about 5-7 minutes.

In a seperate pan, cook the Ground Chicken, breaking it up into tiny pieces as it cooks. Once the Ground Chicken is cooked throughout, add it to the vegetable mix. Stir in the Plum Sauce, Vinegar, Soy Sauce and Seasonings. Reduce the heat to low and let this simmer for 3 minutes until heated throughout.

Once it is all heated, remove from the stove and add the Cilantro & Cashews to the mix. Let this stand for 5 minutes to cool down for eating!

Fill the lettuce leaves with the chicken mixture and eat up! These babies won’t last long, they are so flavorful and delicious!

I hope you try them! They are really filling and full of nutrients! I used a very low amount of added sauces. We will be eating these for lunch today too 🙂

What is your favorite dinner dish? I’d love to try a new recipe!