Saturday, August 2, 2008

Teriyaki Lettuce Wraps

This dish was inspired by a very similar dish I had at P.F. Changs. I was craving Chinese food the other night but wanted to put a spin on traditional stir fry. It's fresh tasting, fun to eat, and you can experiment by siding the dish with several sauces to add to the wrap.

1. 1 head of iceberg lettuce
2. 1 bag of frozen stirfry vegetables
3. 1 package Lightlife Chikin Strips (you can substitute tofu or just do a vegetable dish)
4. 1 cup white rice (uncooked) -Optional
5. 2 cups water
5. 1/4 cup of your favorite Tariyaki sauce
6. 1 tsp seasoned salt, 1 tsp pepper
7. Sauces (soy, peanut, sweet and sour, general tso's, bbq, whatever)-Optional

How to:
1. Put water in medium sized sauce pan. Add rice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, let simmer for 15 minutes or until water is evaporated.

2. In a large frying pan, coat with cooking spray (if necessary) and heat pan to medium high. Add Chikin Strips when hot. Add seasoned salt and pepper to strips. Cook strips until they are browning.

3. When Chikin Strips are brown, add frozen vegetables. Cover frying pan and cook until the vegetables are hot all the way through. (Try a piece to make sure)

4. When vegetables are hot, drizzle Teriyaki sauce and stir until vegetables and Chikin Strips are all well, but lightly, coated. Reduce heat to low and let sit until ready to eat.

5. Take and rinse iceberg lettuce. Hold the top of the head and cut around the heart. This will make it easier to separate. Separate lettuce leafs until you have several that are about the size of your outstretched hand. These will be the wraps for your stir fry. (This is actually more difficult than I thought it would be, so don't be discouraged if you have a couple deformed wraps)

6. Now you're ready to put it all together. Place rice and stir fry in wraps. Drizzle on whatever other sauces you'd like to use. (When I made this, I had small bowls of sweet and sour, soy, and peanut sauces ready. All 3 were delicious.) Eat like you would a soft taco.

Tip: Take the stir fry, rice, wraps, and sauces, and have them all with you at your dining area. The wraps aren't very big and this will save you time and energy from having to get up to get seconds, thirds, and fourths.

This recipe makes A LOT of food. Makes a great entree for 2 very hungry people, or excellent as an appetizer for a larger dinner party. Hope you like!

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