Lettuce Wraps it is

So on this journey of eating healthier and being aware of what goes in our mouths I, Elizabeth Queen of the Ponderosa am in charge of figuring out what that looks like.  That my dear folks requires planning and thought.  Winging it is an option of the past.  Tonight at the Ponderosa we are having Kalua Pork, however I failed to realize it needed 90 minutes in the Instant Pot.  So dinner will be served at the Ponderosa a little later tonight.

So lettuce talk about dinner last night!  If you have ever had the chicken lettuce wraps at PF Chang’s, you know it is a little slice of heaven on a plate.  Like I could just eat them all myself, however I practice my sharing skills.  While scratching my head and trying to decide what to fix for dinner last night I stumbled across a recipe for chicken lettuce wraps.

It is very easy to make.  You start with 1lb of ground chicken and cook it in tsp of veg oil.  Separating it into little pieces.  I may have used a tool from a past life to do this.  Once it is done, remove it from the pan.  While the chicken is cooking finely chop up  8 oz of mushrooms.  My mushrooms may have been chopped miniscule (ly) so that none of the Tator Tots knew it was there.  After you have removed the cooked ground chicken add 1 more teaspoon of veg oil and start sauteing the mushrooms.  Next chop up 1 can of water chestnuts.  Add those.  Then crush 3-4 cloves of garlic and grate 1 Tablespoon of ginger.  Add those to the pan and cook.  Mix together 6 Tablespoons of Hoisin Sauce, 2 Tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 Tablespoons of Rice Wine Vinegar, 1 teaspoon of sesame oil adn 1 teaspoon of cornstarch (to tighten the mixture).  Add the cooked ground chicken to the mushrooms and water chestnut mixture and then add the liquid mixture.  Stir to incorporate and heat through.  You can use some green onions…add a couple of chopped ones.  Serve with Bibb lettuce.  DEVOUR!  I mean practice your sharing skills!


While I was cooking the chicken mixture my Instant Pot was rocking out the sticky rice!!!!  3 cups of chicken broth and 1 1/2 cups of jasmine rice.  Press the rice button and wait!

One day I will learn how to do the recipes so you can print them.  It is currently above my understanding.

The Ponderosa residents scarfed it down.  There were no left overs.  Colton didn’t eat his in lettuce.  Let’s not push the envelope.  Baby steps…baby steps.


From the Ponderosa kitchen to yours!

Elizabeth Queen of the Ponderosa Kitchen.

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