Lettuce Wrapped Cayenne-Rubbed Thai Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Hey O. A few nights ago I made this dish and I’ve got to say it’s been my best dish yet. It had so many flavors that just came together all in one wrap. The name kind of encompasses what it was but here’s the ingredients and recipe!

Cayenne-Rubbed Thai Chicken:

·     2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced crosswise

·     Spicy Asian Dressing (used Trader Joes, Asian style Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette)

·     Coarse salt and ground pepper

·     1-2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

·     2 tablespoons olive oil

·     1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced

·     1 red/yellow bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, thinly sliced

·     3 cloves garlic, minced

·     2-3 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger

·     1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes

Place chicken, cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and ¼ cup dressing in a resealable plastic bag refrigerate overnight.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over high heat. Add half the chicken; cook, stirring constantly, until opaque throughout, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining chicken.

Add remaining tablespoon oil to pan, along with the onion and bell pepper. Reduce heat to medium; add garlic, ginger, and red-pepper flakes; cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 to 60 seconds.

Serve in lettuce cups.

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Topping:

·         1 medium red onion, finely diced

·         2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

·         1 Hass avocado, pitted and cut into chunks

·         Chopped peanuts

In a medium bowl, combine onion and lime juice; set aside. Just before serving, fold avocado chunks into onion mixture; season with salt and pepper. Serve chicken topped with salsa. Drizzle extra dressing to taste!

I served this with a side of roasted potates (in oregano, thyme, olive oil, and salt and pepper)

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Breakfast: Cheese Blintzes and Smoothie Cleanse

O! I made some breakfast for my sister and I this morning. And because my mom is on this 3 day smoothie cleanse she saw on Dr. Oz, I decided to join her just as an added touch to my meal.
A blintz is a thin crepe-like pancake filled with cheese.

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The crepe recipe is 1 egg, 3/4 cup pancake mix (just add water), 1/2 cup water, 1/3 cup sugar, tsp vanilla, pinch of salt. For the cheese filling, I mixed together 1 cup lowfat ricotta cheese, 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg yolk, 2 tsp fresh lemon juice, 1 tsp vanilla, pinch of salt .

What I did was cook one side of the crepe and take it off the pan, fill the center with a spoonful of cheese and then folded it to go back on the pan for another minute. I thought it might be heavy because I the cheese but it was super light, I added a strawberry topping, AND my sister ate it, which is saying a lot. For the strawberry topping, the ingredients were, 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tbsp cornstarch. I put the sugar and strawberries in a saucepan on medium heat until it came to a boil and then added the cornstarch. 

And as for the smoothie, it had blueberry, mango, avocado, cayenne pepper, coconut water, lemon juice, kale, and flaxseed. I can almost feel my body cleansing itself! Almost. Since you told me about the whole eating healthy thing you should really try out the 3-day cleanse by Dr. Oz. Mom swears by it. Missing you.

-J