April 02, 2012

Spicy Asian Lettuce Wraps: Perfect Meal for a Busy Night

Its awesome to find a recipe that is both delicious, and incredibly simple. This is one of those recipes, and I'm delighted to have found it!

Sunday is my menu planning and shopping day. If Sunday gets thrown off, the whole week (of food, at least) is messed up. Of course, there is always the challenge of what to eat on Sunday night... after returning from shopping, (not an activity that I enjoy), I want to make dinner as quickly and easily as possible so that I can enjoy the last few precious hours of weekend relaxation. These would also make a great weeknight meal on the go!

I made this recipe for the first time this past Sunday night, dinner was ready in about 15 minutes, (due to the miracle of store bought rotisserie chicken), and it was delicious... no substitute for P.F. Changs, but still delicious, and worth making again!

Spicy Asian Lettuce Wraps
Cooking Light: 4 servings

2 1/2 ounces bean threads (cellophane/ thin rice noodles)
1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp chile paste with garlic
2 tsp dark sesame oil
2 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken
12 large Boston or Romaine lettuce leaves

Cover bean threads with boiling water. Let stand for 5 minutes or until softened. Drain, and rinse under cool water. Chop noodles.

While bean threads soak, combine cilantro, soy sauce, chile paste, and oil in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add noodles and chicken to soy sauce mixture; toss well to coat. Spoon about 1/3 cup chicken mixture down center of each lettuce leaf; roll up.

Per Serving: Calories 213; Fat 4.9g, Sat Fat 1g, Monounsaturated fat 1.8g, Polyunsaturated fat 1.5g; Protein 23.2g; Carbohydrate: 18.3g; Fiber 0.7g

Notes on this recipe: Depending on how spicy you like things, and how spicy your chile paste is, you may want to use less chile paste. I used a tiny bit more than a tbsp. and it was pretty spicy! I would also consider using just a little less soy sauce... they were very yummy, (and made a great lunch today), but I could do with a little less saltiness. I would suggest adding the soy sauce to taste.

I hope that you all enjoy :-)

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