So it starts! By popular demand (ok really just my mom) I am starting this food blog. I have loved to cook since I can remember and have always tried to eat healthy. Many people think that eating healthy is boring and overwhelming. This is why you are reading my blog, because I want you to find that it can be yummy, satisfying, and simple... okay sometimes it requires some planning and work, but all good things do. FYI, the food Critic I refer to is my great Husband who will try everything I make.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Thai Lettuce Wraps

This is RAINBOW eating at it's best! These have got to be one of my most delicious things I make. One of my favorite foods to order at the Cheesecake factory is their Thai Lettuce Wraps. They are delicious! After ordering them a handful of times I decided it was time for me to figure out how to make the yummy dipping sauces that go along with the wraps. So I blended and blended until I got it right. The end result was fantastic! I was so happy with the homemade version and so was the food Critic, he gives this meal a 10 which does not happen very often. Enjoy!

Thai Lettuce Wraps
Butter lettuce for your wraps

-for the inside of the wrap - Red, orange, yellow peppers; marinated Cucumber; gratted Carrots; Purple Cabbage; Bean sprouts; cratted Zucchini; green onions; Avocado; coconut rice noodles

Marinated Cucumbers
2 1-2 cucumbers, sliced
1/3 c rice vinegar
3 T Agave or organic sugar cane
Water and salt

· Marinate at least 4 hours, overnight is best

Peanut Sauce
1 c peanut butter

1/4 c coconut milk
2 T lime Juice
1-2 T Tamari (soy sauce or Nama Shoyu)
½ T fish sauce (opt)
1 tsp minced ginger (1/2 tsp pwd ginger)
1-2 T Agave or Honey (depending on how sweet you like it)

Combine all the ingredents and mix well. I recomend starting with less lime and ginger that way you can alter it to your taste.

Ginger Dressing
1 clove garlic
2 square inch ginger
½ c Olive Oil
¼ c sesame oil
1/3 c rice vinegar
4 T Nama Shoyu or ¼ c Soy Sauce or 4 T Tamari
¼ c water
3 T agave

combine and mix well, blender is best.

Cashew Dipping Sauce
¼ c cashews
1/2 - 2/3 c cilantro
1 clove garlic
2 green onions
½ T agave or 1 T organic can sugar
1 tsp cumin
· Combine in blender or food processer and pulse then add:
½ c honey
4 t vinegar
1 t balsamic vinegar
2- 3 dates; without pits
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ c water
¼ c olive oil
· Blend

Coconut Rice noodles

Half a package of rice noodles

1 T coconut oil

3 T unsweetend coconut

Follow cooking directions on the package of the noodles. When noodles are soft, drain all of the liquid and then toss in coconut oil. When mixed add the unsweetend coconut and mix again.

Assemble to your liking!!