With Summer here and the weather nice again, we all like to do lunch and dinner dates with friends that we have been too busy to catch up with over the winter season. One go to lunch date that majority of people enjoy is Chinese food: egg rolls, sushi, fried rice, etc…. While a lot of Asian cuisine can be extremely healthy for you, a lot of the restaurant versions can be heavy in fat, sodium, and simple carbohydrates. A great alternative is too cook the food yourself, and invite your friends over to enjoy the meal outside in the beautiful summer weather.
An awesome substitute would be lettuce or cabbage wraps.You can fill them with healthy raw vegetables full of Asian flavor and a lean protein, which will satisfy your cravings for Asian cuisine, with a lighter feel. Cabbage has so many awesome health benefits such as:
-Detoxifying effect on the stomach and colon
-Stimulates the immune system
-Anti-bacterial and viral
Here is a cabbage wrap recipe, feel free to add in any of your favorite fresh vegetables, and you can make this vegetarian by omitting the ground chicken.
1 extra large Napa cabbage
1 large red bell pepper
2 large carrots
2 medium cucumbers
12 oz ground chicken
1 bunch of cilantro
1/2 cup organic crunchy peanut butter
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 1/2 tbsp GF low sodium tamari
1 tsp honey
2 cloves crushed garlic
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, adjust to heat preference!
Thoroughly coat grill pan in coconut oil.
Cook up ground chicken five minutes on each side or until cooked through. Remove from heat.
To create the peanut dipping sauce, combine peanut butter, sesame oil, tamari, garlic, juice of one lime, honey, and red pepper flakes. Mix well. Add water to achieve desired consistency and additional salt to taste.
To prepare vegetables, use a julienne peeler, creating vegetable noodles out of carrots and cucumbers.
De-seed and cut bell pepper into match sticks.
Wash and chop cilantro.
Rinse and dry cabbage leaves cutting off the majority of white stalk.
Layer chicken, bell pepper, carrots, cilantro and cucumber in cabbage leaves and roll up!
Use peanut sauce or toothpicks to secure leaves if necessary.
Recipe Adapted From: http://www.refinery29.com/best-spring-recipes?utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_medium=pin&crlt.pid=camp.A14tzVVJohBm#slide-1