Paleo Day 4: Turkey Larb Lettuce Wraps

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I know you’re probably reading the word “larb” and thinking that it sounds an awful lot like the word “lard”. I know when I read the recipe titled “Chicken Larb” I was a bit put off by it simply because the word itself is just extremely unattractive. But I went down to the ingredients list and my mouth started watering and I knew I had to make this weird sounding dish! Call it Creepy Angela Food or call it weird Asian stuff, I am telling you now you will not be disappointed with the end result! If you were curious, like me, about what the word “larb” is, according to Wikipedia: Larb is a Lao minced meat salad, and is said to be the national dish of Laos. Often found in Thailand and parts of China.

As you know I am starting this lifestyle change and eating more like our ancestors did a long long time ago. If you are interested in the Paleo Diet, I suggest reading the book The Paleo Diet by Dr. Loren Cordain, Ph.D. It has some really good information and helps break down the diet and the reason it’s so good for you! I am not as strict as the author and some other Paleo eaters, I am just giving it a go for a month to see how I feel. So far it’s been a week and I have seen a big change in the way I feel. I find that I have more energy and less stomach issues. I also find myself not as hungry all of the time, which has always been unheard of for me! I actually am making myself eat snacks throughout the day even though I am not hungry because I know I need the right amount of nutrition and calories. If you’re interested in changing your life, being healthy and feeling great, I suggest you try this diet out! You can still eat the most delicious meals too!

I am doing something new today on the blog! Here is a little video of the making of this easy and delicious recipe! Get a little Jimi Hendrix in the background and you can’t go wrong!

Let’s get started on some grub.

The original recipe I derived this dish from called for chicken instead of turkey. At my local grocery store they didn’t have ground chicken available, and I love turkey meat anyway so I grabbed a pound of that. I say you can cook with either meat, whatever you prefer.

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Whisk together your lime juice, fish sauce, honey, hot pepper paste, and sriracha sauce. If you can’t find the Gochujang or don’t want to go to an asian market you can sub with some chile paste. It’s always available in the asian aisle at local grocery stores. Taste and add more honey or sriracha to your liking. Set aside.

Place your chicken stock in a deep saucepan and place on medium heat until it starts to simmer. Add your ground meat and stir occasionally until it starts to break apart about 6 minutes. Add your shallots, green onion, carrots, lemongrass, cilantro, chilies, and pepper, stir to heat evenly. Take about 4 minutes for the onion to become translucent and the carrots to get soft. Once your meat is cooked through, take of the heat and strain any excess juices (I just use the saucepan lid over the sink).

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Take your lime-chile sauce and pour in the meat mixture. Stir evenly. Garnish with some cilantro on top. Serve with a slotted spoon and bib or butter lettuce leaves.

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What you’ll need:
2-3 limes, juiced
1/3 cup fish sauce
1 tablespoon honey (or more to taste)
1 tbs Gochujang (hot pepper or chili paste)
2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce
3/4 cup chicken stock, no msg or preservatives added (or homemade)
1 pound ground chicken or turkey, free range, grass fed
Handfull of carrots, finely chopped
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 of a shallot, minced
1 tablespoon lemongrass paste (gourmet garden) 3 tbs minced if using fresh herb
1 tablespoon thinly sliced serrano chile (seeds removed if you want it to be less spicy)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves (save some extra for garnish and top)
1 head of butter or bib lettuce (sometimes called “Living Lettuce”), washed and separated into leaves

This dish has SO much flavor! And it is even better leftover when all of the juices marinate with the ground meat. If you don’t want to stick to Paleo this will also be good with some steamed rice. This will definitely be a repeat dish for me! I hope you enjoy this meal as much as I did, and have your P.F. Changs lettuce wrap fix at home!

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Chicken Salad from Scratch!!

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When I think of summertime, I think of sun, pools, beach and always having fresh lemonade, fruit, and cold sandwiches on hand! This chicken salad is perfect after a long day in the sun and you cannot beat how fresh it tastes! You can put it on bread to make a sandwich, you can spoon it on top of a salad, you can make lettuce cups with it (definitely recommended!). This recipe makes a lot of chicken salad so leftovers leave room for a variety of options to use with it.

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To get started, boil your chicken in a large pot for 20-25 minutes or until the middle is no longer pink. Drain and set aside to cool. The longest part of this meal is the prepping! Chop up your celery (i like to add the leaves), onion, grapes, chicken, and fresh herbs. I mixed them up prior to adding my wet ingredients.

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In a separate bowl, mix together your yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, spicy dijon mustard, brown sugar, salt and pepper, cajun and cayenne pepper spices. You can substitute sour cream or buttermilk instead of yogurt if you wish. Whisk together well, then taste it before mixing in the large bowl. Mine was too bitter for me so i added lots more brown sugar until I was content with what I tasted.

When mixing the wet ingredients to the dry, do a folding technique to prevent the mixture from falling apart and being over mixed.

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If you prefer your chicken salad as a sandwich I would highly recommend toasting your bread and adding some spinach or spring greens on there!! Of course you don’t ever want to deny any extra vegetables! Enjoy with some chips or fresh fruit.

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What you’ll need:

  • 1lb boneless skinless chicken breast, boiled and cubed
  • 2 stalks (to 3 Stalks) Celery, Chopped
  • 3 whole Green Onions, Chopped
  • 2 cups (to 3 Cups) Grapes, Halved (green and purple)
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Plain Yogurt Or Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Half-and-half
  •  A Small Handful Of Fresh Dill and Parsley, Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon (to 4 Tablespoons) Brown Sugar
  •  Juice Of One Lemon
  •  Kosher Salt  and Black Pepper To Taste
  •  Cayenne and Cajun Seasonings To Taste

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