Full Belly Sisters: January 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Crispy Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps


 
I'm so lucky to be part of The Daily Meal's Culinary Content Network (CCN), a wonderful community of recipe writers and restaurant reviewers, as well as food bloggers and photographers. The CCN is invitation-only; I feel like my high school self is looking at me and saying, "You're hanging with the cool kids!"


As part of this network, we are sometimes asked to create recipes for various products. Our challenge this time: create a delicious, simple, and gorgeous recipe using Tyson's Crispy Chicken Strips
. (Full disclosure: the chicken was given to me free of charge for use in this recipe challenge.)


I decided to take those chicken strips—as crispy as promised!—and surround them with delicious, raw veggies. Crunchy lettuce and carrots, creamy avocado, and delicate lettuce make these wraps vibrant and tasty. Oh, and incredibly easy! I hope you enjoy them as much as my family did.


Ingredients
serves 2
  • 4-6 Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips
  • 1/3 cup of your favorite buffalo sauce (we like Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce )
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese dressing (I used my Yogurt Gorgonzola dressing
  • 6 large leaves of Boston lettuce, washed and dried
  • 1/2 carrot
  • 1/2 celery stalk
  • 2 scallions, green tops only
  • 1/2 avocado

Bake the chicken strips according to the directions on the package.

While the chicken is cooking, julienne the carrot and celery. You can either cut them into very skinny matchsticks or use a julienne peeler (I did the latter because I am all about the shortcuts, you guys!). Chop the scallions, dice the avocado, and set all the veggies aside.

Pour the buffalo sauce in a small bowl. As soon as the chicken is ready, remove it from the oven and cut into bite-size pieces. Toss those pieces in the sauce.

Arrange the lettuce leaves on plates. Top each with chicken, diced avocado, matchsticks of carrots and celery, and a spoonful of blue cheese dressing. Sprinkle chopped scallions over the wraps. 




Serve with additional buffalo sauce and dressing, if you'd like.


If buffalo sauce is too spicy for you, try this with your favorite barbecue sauce! You can even make a make-it-yourself bar for people: they can choose buffalo or barbecue chicken (or even combine the two) and they can top their wraps just as they'd like!




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Monday, January 5, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Smoothie




Happy new year! I've decided to kick off 2015 with a sweet treat. The holidays are over but we certainly don't have to live without chocolate!

This rich and satisfying smoothie feels indulgent but offers a lot of nutrition: protein, iron, fiber, omega-3s. and calcium. It provides a good balance of carbs and protein—a combo that helps you feel satiated for a long time. Sounds like a great way to start your day, huh?

I incorporated an ingredient that's new to me: Norbu, a natural sweetener made from monk fruit. The company sent me some free samples to experiment with and I decided this smoothie would be a great place to start, since you definitely need to add some sweetness to balance the bitterness of the cocoa. Norbu is naturally sweet, has zero calories, and is low on the glycemic index; however, it does have some carbs, if you're tracking your intake.



http://www.amazon.com/Natvia-Norbu-Ancient-Natural-Sweetener/dp/B00C4S516E/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=justfonthealc-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=4NYUPP7VEAO2ET54&creativeASIN=B00C4S516E

I was pleased to find that Norbu worked well in my recipe—it didn't add any weird taste or aftertaste, and sweetened the smoothie nicely!

Ingredients
yield: 16 ounces, about two servings
  • 3 Tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1 cup milk (i use whole)
  • 2 Tablespoons creamy natural peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons flaxseed meal
  • 2-3 teaspoons Norbu (can substitute honey or 1/2 banana)
  • 1 1/4 cup ice

Put the oats in your blender and process until they turn into a fine powder. Then, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth and frothy. 


If you want, garnish with some oats and chocolate chips. Tastes like a delicious cookie, but nutritious enough for breakfast!


     



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