Goooooood morning, everyone! It’s actually Sunday night as I write this, because there’s no way on earth I’d have the time to write this and get us out the door in the morning. We’ve had a great weekend. After being cooped up in the house almost all week with the flu, it was really nice to get out – the beautiful weather helped, too! Friday night Brian and I actually cooked our belated Valentine’s dinner since I was too sick on Monday night to even think about eating. We made steak with a garlic butter sauce, three-cheese risotto (with a cup of white wine substituted for one of the cups of chicken stock), and chocolate mousse – yum! It was a great meal and we had a lot of fun cooking together. That’s one of our favorite things to do together, because we like to experiment with new recipes.
On to food for this week:
Monday: I’m trying a new recipe that I’m super excited about – Chicken Lettuce Wraps! This is one of my favorite things to get at PF Chang’s or Pei Wei, so I’m hoping this recipe lives up to my expectations. Another perk of this recipe? It’s a slow-cooker recipe (from Make it Fast, Cook it Slow). So I’ll get to come home to dinner waiting for me! Here’s the recipe in case you’d like to try it too:
- 1 pound chicken tenderloin
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/4 cup water chestnuts, chopped
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 16 romaine lettuce leaves
- plum sauce (I’ll include the recipe for this below)
- Chop the chicken into very small pieces and put into the slow cooker.
- Add onion, garlic, and water chestnuts.
- Mix in the liquid ingredients and spices.
- Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Serve in lettuce leaves with plum sauce.
To make plum sauce: Combine 1/3 cup plum jam, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder.
Tuesday: Chick-Fil-A family night.
Wednesday: Tacos with black beans & rice, plus raw veggies to snack on beforehand.
Thursday: Sour cream chicken, egg noodles, and salad.
Friday: Eating out – I have a coupon for a local grill.
Saturday: Chicken taco soup. Again. I sure make this a lot, don’t I? We love it, though, and I like the idea of having dinner taken care of while we run errands during the day.
Before I go, I have exciting news…. tomorrow is my blog’s birthday! :) When I first started this I had no clue where I’d go with it, but it’s been a BLAST and I’m excited to see where it continues to go. To help celebrate the occasion, I’m giving the site a makeover (for a preview of the new look, go to my Facebook page and click “Welcome” over in the left column). PLUS, I’m going to be posting THREE giveaways AND a photo contest!!
I hope you’ll come by tomorrow to help me celebrate – after all, you’re a huge part of why I’m doing this! Have an absolutely wonderful week, everyone.
Sounds good! Oh, and happy blog birthday tomorrow :)
Thank you! :)
Glad you posted that lettuce wrap recipe…I have that cookbook but apparently have overlooked it. I went back through it and found some others to use too!! I am craving lettuce wraps at 9 am HA HA!
Haha! Do you have any other recipes from the book you’d recommend? I’m trying to add more crock pot recipes into my menu plans.
I love PF Chang’s lettuce wraps — I have a recipe for some too, but they’re not in the crockpot. Love that idea — I am in lurrrrrve with my crockpot.
That sounds so delicious!
I’m sitting down to do my menu planning for the next week right now. I LOVE Chick Fil A. I just had it for the first time in years on Monday.
It’s one of our boys’ favorite places to go. They have no clue what McDonald’s is but always ask to go to “Chick Away” (as our younger son calls it)!
I love wraps & make them often in my home. They are a GREAT way to use leftovers!
My kids especially like when I make my chicken wraps. I will share the recipe with you. Please keep in mind that when I cook I do not measure my ingredients … I just eyeball everything :) I also buy my chicken breast in big packages at Sams Club and when I get home I fillet them and cut them and add my seasonings to them for whatever it is I am going to use them for and then I will freeze them. Helps cut down on the marinating time :)
This should feed a family of 6 easily :) (1 chicken breast fillet should be enough for 2 wraps)
4 fillet chicken breasts that are then cut into strips (all the ingredients are to your liking)
Garlic powder (can use finely minced fresh garlic too)
lemon juice (I usually use approx. 5-6 tbls … I like to use fresh squeezed)
oil (appox. 1 cup) (I like to use olive oil, but you can use any oil you like)
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl let marinate at least 30 mins in fridge (or put directly into a zip lock bag and mix & freeze for later use)
Saute above ingredients in a fry pan with about 2 tbls of margarine/butter (you can omit the margarine … I just like the added flavor of it)
Fixen’s for the wraps
Dice tomatoes, cucumbers, green onion (can use yellow onion), fresh parsley (can use dry)
Dressing for salad: in a cup mix equal parts of fresh squeezed lemon juice & olive oil ( I would only use olive oil and fresh lemons here) add salt & pepper to taste & mix into diced veggies. put in fridge to marinate and let flavors blend a bit. (If you prefer you could use balsamic vinaigrette dressing on the salad instead of lemon juice & olive oil)
Preparing the wrap: You can use whatever wrap you like or that is on sale :) You could even use pita bread and make pocket pitas too :)
I sprinkle about 4 tbls of shredded mixed mozzarella cheese & pepper jack cheese. (you can use whatever cheeses you like) on a large wrap and put in oven or toaster oven just long enough to begin to melt the cheeses.
Place chicken on 1/2 side of wrap and top with baby spinach (or mixed greens) & tomato/cucumber salad
Wrap up, cut & enjoy!!!! I usually serve this with tomato basil soup :)
The spicy from the pepper jack cheese and the tang from the lemon juice & olive oil dressing is a nice refreshing combo.
Thanks, Frances! That sounds really good – I actually don’t know if we have ever done wraps (well, aside from these lettuce ones, but I don’t know if they “count”) before! We will add this to our menu plan for next week.