Chicken Caesar Wrap with Carrot Croutons

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I follow @inspiralized on Instagram.  She’s been making tons of wraps lately using Collard greens as the tortilla.  Genius!  Collard greens are big enough to make a decent sized wrap, and thick enough to stay together.  The filling possibilities are endless really, but here’s one I really like.  By the way, the carrot croutons are so good, they might not make it inside your wrap.  I ate them so fast I barely had enough to photograph.

Ingredients:

  • spiral cut or julienned zucchini
  • chicken breast
  • Caesar dressing
  • carrot ‘croutons’ (recipe below)
  • large collard green leaf

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Carrot ‘Croutons”

Ingredients:

  • 1 carrot (shredded with a peeler)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • sea salt
  • garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Wash carrots and remove skin with a peeler.
  2. Shred the remainder of the carrots with the peeler.
  3. Pat carrots dry with a paper towel.
  4. Put coconut oil in a frying pan.  Heat on medium heat until melted.
  5. Add shredded carrots.
  6. Season with salt and garlic powder to taste.
  7. Cook until crispy and browned.  Watch them carefully, they go from nicely browned to seriously burnt in a matter of seconds.

Add all ingredients to the middle of the collard leaf.  Cut off stem.  Wrap tightly and secure with a toothpick if desired.  Enjoy!

Thai Chicken Salad

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Thai Chicken Salad

Fish Sauce.  I love it.  I just try not to inhale when in its presence.  I’m realizing more and more that sometimes the stinkiest food is the best tasting.  Is that a metaphor for life?  You decide.  I, however, will probably continue taking showers.

Back to the fish sauce.  Fish sauce is used a lot in some of my favorite cuisines.  Thai and Burmese to name a few.  And for good reason.  It adds a saltiness and tang that’s hard to replicate.  Plus, it’s on the Whole30 approved list.  Huzzah!  If you haven’t used it before, don’t let the smell stop you.  In fact, just try not to smell it.  Your taste buds will thank you later.

This afternoon I found myself starving, staring down a head of purple cabbage.  I always end up wasting cabbage.  I buy it for fish tacos or something, use a tiny chunk of it and the rest grows ever stinkier in the back of my fridge.  This time I was determined to break the habit.  I had a dozen Pink Lady apples from Costco, so those needed to be used up too.  I’m really trying hard these days not to waste produce.  A coleslaw-type chicken salad sounded appealing, but I didn’t want the mayonnaise base for the sauce.  What I came up with is basically a vinaigrette with fish sauce.  And I’m so glad I did it!  This salad was everything.  The savory flavor of the fish sauce, the sweet crispness of the apples, the soft and creamy avocado coupled with the kick of the jalapeno… So good.  My husband even liked it, and he is generally afraid of most fruits and vegetables.  Once he was about halfway done eating his he said, ‘This sure doesn’t look like it should taste good, but it does!’  Ahh, the things that warm your heart after 7 years of marriage.

This salad is easy to put together if you have the chicken already cooked, so make sure to have that done first.  It made enough for my husband and I and there was about a serving left over.  Next time I will definitely double the recipe!

Core the apple but leave the skin on.  Slice all ingredients into long strips and put into a medium-sized bowl.  Remove the seeds from the jalapeno if you don’t want it very spicy.  Put the fish sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and Dijon mustard in a jar with a lid and shake.  Add to the other ingredients and season with salt and pepper.

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Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 c. shredded chicken
  • 1/4 head purple cabbage
  • 1/2 Jalapeno
  • 1/2 white or red onion
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 Pink Lady apple
  • handful of cilantro

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard

Avocado Chicken Salad

 

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I have a love/hate relationship with chicken.  What a tricky bird!  Can we call a chicken a bird or do we have to call it a fowl?  Or is it strictly poultry.  Let’s talk about it later.  Right now I want to address how difficult it can be to avoid dry, bland chicken.  Even when you marinate!  Even when you cook it slowly and lovingly in a variety of juices.  It is exactly this frustrating history that led me to create this decidedly un-dry concoction.

I used shredded chicken I had from a whole chicken I’d roasted earlier in the week.  (Spoiler alert, the thing came out a far cry from moist!)  I added chopped celery, onion,  orange bell pepper and cilantro and then mixed up the following sauce:

1 Avocado

Juice of 1 Lemon

1 Tbsp Vegenaise

1/4 c. Plain Greek Yogurt

1 clove Garlic

1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

Dash of Celery Salt

Dash of Oregano

Blend the above ingredients in a blender/food processor until smooth and creamy.  Add chicken and vegetables.  I put mine over broccoli slaw, but you could also put it in a lettuce leaf/wrap of your choosing.