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Thai Lettuce Wraps with Avocado

21 Jun

This is the last of the Thai posts. Promise. Mostly because the Thai food is now gone.

Easy lettuce wraps:
•Leftover Thai chicken breasts
•Large leaves of green leaf lettuce
•Tomato slices
•Avocado

Roll or fold like a taco.
Dip in leftover cilantro-lime crema.

There.

Variety is the spice of life and now that every last crumb of Thai taco, piece of pizza, and bite of chicken is gone . . . . I must be moving on. Adios. (I know that’s Spanish. I don’t speak Thai.)

Healthy Thai Chicken Pizza

21 Jun

All that Thai stuff you ran out and bought to make those amazing tacos? I have more uses for it. No wasting money here.

Healthy Thai Chicken Pizza

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Chicken

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2c sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4c rice vinegar
  • 1/4c lite coconut milk
  • 3 Tbs brown sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbs peanut butter
  • 1 tsp ginger, grated
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 Tbs soy sauce
  • 3 Tbs chopped cashews
  • Handful fresh cilantro
  • 4 green onions

Preheat oven to 375. Mix sweet chili sauce, rice vinegar, coconut milk, brown sugar, garlic, peanut butter, ginger, lime, and soy sauce. Heat skillet and olive oil on med-high heat. Pat chicken breasts completely dry, season both sides with salt and pepper, and sear on each side for about 4 minutes. Set aside in a small oven safe dish.

Reduce heat to med-low and add mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 2-3 minutes. Pour mixture over chicken in baking dish, coating entirely. Cook for 30-35 minutes.

Garnish with fresh cilantro and cashews.

You will only use 1 breast for the pizza. The other 2 are a bonus. Use them however. I like them cold. It’s almost like bar food without all the guilt. Almost. (Side note: I was going to call these Sticky Thai Breasts, but realized . . . .well, I’m not going there.)

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Pizza

  • Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Dough (or other whole wheat dough)
  • Sweet chili sauce
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella
  • 1/2c part-skim mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 shredded chicken breast
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 large zucchini
  • Sprinkling of red pepper flakes

Layer like you would any pizza.

Bake according to dough or dough recipe directions.

Garnish with:

  • fresh cilantro
  • fresh basil
  • chopped cashew pieces

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Eat.

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Whole wheat. Lean protein. Fresh herbs and vegetables. Good fat. It’s still a pizza, yes, but it’s a pizza you can feel pretty great about. Provided you stop yourself from eating the whole thing in one sitting, of course.

Thai Beef Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Crema

20 Jun

So, I have been eyeballing this recipe from HowSweet for awhile now. Debating, wondering how to tweak it in order to fit my budget and taste. The original recipe calls for flank steak. I had cube steak in my freezer and was absolutely not going back to the store at 8pm last night for a stupid flank steak. Cube steak worked fine. I imagine any cut of beef would.

So not disappointed. Quite the opposite, actually. I had 4. And I plan on having 4 more tomorrow.

Thai Beef Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Crema

1-2 pounds steak

Marinade (adapted from howsweeteats.com)

3/4 cup light (canned) coconut milk

1 tablespoon sesame oil

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoon-sized blobs of tube ginger or 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger

2 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons freshly chopped cilantro

1/3 cup sweet chili sauce

Mix all ingredients. Place thawed steak into a large zip-lock bag, with marinade. Refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours.

Oil grill grates to avoid sticking. Remove steak from marinade. I seared out on high for 3-4 minutes on each side.

Cilantro-Lime Crema

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 cup 0% Fage Greek yogurt

1 Tbs fresh lime juice

1 Tbs white vinegar

1/2 cup fresh cilantro

1 tsp sea salt

Put all ingredients in the food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

Drizzle over tacos.

Eat. Smile.