Teriyaki Chicken and Shiitake Lettuce Wraps (THM FP)
This will probably make me sound weird, but I don't care - I love lettuce. All of it: leafy, crunchy, green, grassy lettuce. [Maybe I'm half rabbit?] It's so versatile and refreshing, plus it's AWESOME for you.
I used ground chicken as the protein for these wraps, but you could also use ground turkey or pork, if that's your thing. I find chicken to be a "blank canvas" that you can make into pretty much anything. I sautéedit with onions, garlic, shredded carrots, and shiitake mushrooms, then seasoned it with mild curry powder and ground coriander. At the end, I added a few chopped water chestnuts for more crunch factor.
I tossed it all in one batch of my paleo Teriyaki Sauce for a flavorful, slightly sweet and mildly spicy finish.
Lettuce is the crispy, crunchy vehicle for the savory, flavorful chicken and mushroom stuffing. And don't be fooled - if you choose a lettuce with large enough leaves, you can really pack it in there. I had some leftover iceberg that I used for these, which worked perfectly because the leaves are big, sturdy, and foldable. But, really, the sky's the limit on what you could use - green leaf, butter lettuce, red leaf, romaine, you could even use cabbage leaves!
This was also an awesome make-ahead meal for lunch or dinner. All I had to do was gently heat up the chicken mixture, put it into my lettuce leaves and top it - SO EASY. Same thing can be done for lunch - just keep the chicken mixture and lettuce/topping separate so that nothing gets soggy or wilted. Toss it together at the last minute, and enjoy!
Since this is a THM FP, it's low in both carbs and fat so you can make it what you want. Pair it with some fluffy brown rice and veggies for an E meal. Have an extra wrap for a light S. Pair is with some peanut satay zoodles for a Deep S.