6/7/11

No Need For Takeout (Lettuce Wraps)

We've got this great little hidden jewel in the 'Wood.  It's nestled in a strip mall, near the Big Lots and the Payless.

I know this all sounds a little small town and country.   

However, their food is really out of this world.  It's a little Chinese place called Mai Little China.  Guess what else?  It's brown bag.  So, if you choose to dine in, you can take a bottle of vino...if you so fancy.  

We usually do take out.  Said takeout usually involves an appitizer that is more often than not lettuce wraps.  Yum.  Not points friendly, but yum.  Turns out just because something is wrapped in lettuce doesn't automatically mean they're healthy. 

Until now. 

And let's discuss how much I love the fact that it gets dark later? Among other things...it makes my food look less creepy.


Lettuce Wraps (PF Chang's Style)
adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

1 lb ground chicken breast
1/2 red onion, diced
salt and pepper, to taste
1 tsp minced garlic
1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 tbl dark sesame oil
2 1/2 tbl soy sauce
1/2 tbl water
1 tbl reduced fat peanut butter (creamy)
1/2 tbl honey
1 tbl + 1 tsp rice vinegar
2 tsp chili garlic sauce (more if you like it hot)
3 green onions, chopped
4 oz of sliced water chesnuts, chopped
large lettuce leaves, washed and dried

In a large pan, cook the chicken, garlic, and onions  until meat is cooked through.  Add the rest of the ingredients (through lettuce, obvi) and allow to cook for a little while and thicken up.

To serve, spoon into lettuce leaves and wrap it up. 

Serving size 1/2 cup (makes about 7 servings)
Points plus 3

Eating this gets slightly chaoctic (as did cooking it, but that's kind of normal for me).  What I did was spoon 1/2 cups onto my plate and then just go from there with the lettuce leaves.  If you can fit an entire 1/2 cup in one lettuce leaf and then successfully eat it, then you are more talented than I am. 

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