Do you pack a lunch to work or school? It saves me a lot of money to pack food for myself and Colby each morning. My typical go-to packed snacks are:
-Asian salad: shredded cabbage, spinach, grated carrots, wonton crisps, rotisserie chicken, and sesame soy ginger dressing
-Greek yogurt parfait: plain nonfat Greek yogurt, stevia, frozen mixed berries, and granola cereal
(Actually, that’s been about it lately!)
I love this month’s Recipe ReDux theme because it got me thinking of ways I can branch out and try some new packed lunch ideas. I’m lucky to have a fridge and microwave at work, so almost any meal works for me. If you don’t have that luxury, this meal tastes great chilled! You can pack the seasoned turkey filling in a plastic container, lettuce in a zip top bag, and pack it all in a lunchbox with an ice pack!
I tried making a shortcut tuna fish version of this. Let’s just say that recipe is still a work in progress ;) This version is good to go! I’m happy with the addition of chopped spinach and grated carrots. You get some extra veggies and flavor that way!
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
1 lb ground chicken (or turkey)
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, broken up a bit
1/2 cup grated carrots
1 can water chestnuts, drained and diced
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce (if you choose one with more than 300 mg sodium per serving, skip the garlic salt)
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon reduced sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
3 tablespoons powdered peanut butter
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
Sriracha sauce (optional)
head of butter lettuce
- Cook the ground chicken (or turkey) in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up the chunks with a spatula and stirring frequently until no longer pink. This should take about 5 minutes.
- Add the chopped spinach, grated carrots, and diced water chestnuts. Continue to stir and heat until everything is hot and bubbling, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the remaining seasonings (hoisin sauce through green onion), and continue to stir to combine the flavors for another 1-2 minutes.
- Scoop into leaves of butter lettuce and drizzle with sriracha sauce if you like it spicier!
I’m looking forward to getting back in the kitchen to develop more recipes. Colby has pointed out that the dinners I’ve been making have been “weak” lately. It’s true! We’ve been dining on easy meals, like quesadillas, quick pastas, smoothies, and protein shakes. Challenge accepted- I will make more fast and easy recipes that are a little more imaginative. Can’t wait to share them with you all too :)
Check out more lunch ideas in this month’s Recipe ReDux linkup below!