Lettuce Wraps

So after my week-long stay in the hospital and a multitude of tests, my pulmonary doctor (I got pneumonia) advised me to eat better. I have high triglycerides. I researched this a bit and realized I have to cut back on a lot of things, mostly meat, and excessive carbs, sugar, salt and oil. A lot of things. But hey, besides that, I am fit as a fiddle with nothing to worry about. Well, except for recovering from pneumonia.

For those who don’t know me, or have not read my blog as long as I people wished have, I went on a  year-long pescatarian diet, twice. Why? Mostly for kicks. I survived for a two years 🙂 It was hard eating out though, when you have limited fast food options, and knowing that the other options you have are most likely less healthful, like fries, fillet-o-fish, cream of mushroom soup. So I now will try to eat better and stay away from pork and beef. (sad face goes here) I was never one to turn down steak, but I will eat less of it for sure.

Starting with lettuce wraps. The great thing about this dish is it really tasted good. Like tacos, but with pan-grilled chicken, and no cheese or sour cream! It just has washed lettuce, the grilled chicken, some sauteed carrots and jicama (singkamas) and the sauce I made.

Lettuce wraps!
Lettuce wraps!

Lettuce Wraps Recipe

2 chicken breast fillets, sliced in thin strips across the grain
1 head of lettuce, removed from the core and washed and dried
1 carrot, sliced thinly like matchsticks
1 jicama, sliced into matchsticks as well
bouillon cube or chicken broth
minced garlic
lemon or calamansi
soy sauce

Season the chicken breast with salt and pepper and pan-grill in a single layer, doing it in batches. Set aside. Prepare the lettuce by removing it in one layer at time from the core. Until you have none left. You may also opt with flat lettuce leaves instead.

Saute the carrots and jicama until slightly cooked. My mom has gotten very OC about germs since I got sick. Set aside.

In the same pan you used to cook the chicken and veggies, add a bit of oil and saute the garlic until cooked. Add the bouillon cube and some water, or chicken broth. Add soy sauce if needed. Season with about 2 pieces of calamansi or half a lemon. Taste and adjust seasoning. Put in a blender and puree the garlic. You may thicken this with cornstarch or flour and put back in the fire. I skipped this part and ended with a very loose sauce. 🙂

To eat, layer on your plate like a soft taco starting with the lettuce, then strips of chicken, then top with the veggies.Then drizzle with the sauce. Yum. 🙂 You can add more vegetables if you want, or actually place it in a soft or crunchy taco 🙂

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