Saturday, August 27, 2011
Sweet and Tangy Lettuce Wraps with Ginger-Soy Brown Rice
So, remember how we really like to eat appetizers for dinner? Well, here we go again, more finger food for dinner! But seriously, these lettuce wraps were a very successful dinner for my family, who, last week, included my sister who does not eat gluten. They were quick and easy to make, with a sauce that tasted a little like a barbecue sauce but with Asian flavorings. If you wanted a heartier meal, you could serve the filling in a whole wheat tortilla for extra-yummy wraps. I served my lettuce wraps with a sweet, spicy, salty ginger-soy brown rice that was so tasty!
Sweet and Tangy Lettuce Wraps
serves 3 as a main dish, 6 as an appetizer
from The Stocked Kitchen, by Sarah Kallio and Stacey Krastins, with minor adaptations
1/4 cup applesauce
2 Tbsp peach or apricot preserves
1 1/2 tsp honey
1/4 cup rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
2 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3 Tbsp soy sauce
12 oz boneless skinless chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces
4-6 tsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 bell pepper, sliced
3 scallions, sliced
1 cup cabbage and carrot mixture (bagged slaw mix)
Iceberg or Bibb lettuce leaves, for serving
1. Mix together all the glaze ingredients in a medium bowl, and set aside.
2. Heat the oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When warm, add the chicken, and cook through until done. Stir in the garlic powder, bell pepper, scallions, and slaw mix. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Add the glaze and cook until just heated.
3. Spoon the chicken mixture into lettuce leaves for serving.
Ginger-Soy Brown Rice
2 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 cups water
1 cup brown rice
2 scallions, chopped
1. In a small saucepan, combine the ginger, soy sauce, brown sugar, and water. Cook on high until boiling.
2. Add the brown rice, and lower the heat to a simmer.
3. Cook for 45 - 50 minutes. Add the scallions about five minutes before the rice is done so that they can cook through.