Monthly Archives: January 2014

Asian Lettuce Wraps

These lettuce wraps are my husbands favourite. I’ve been makingΒ them for several years now, but he still requests them for dinner almost every week. Enjoy!

1 lbs Ground Turkey

2 tbsp. ginger, minced

2 Cloves of garlic, minced

1 C onion, diced

1/2 C water chestnuts, diced

2 tsp Asian five spice

2 tbsp. Tamari (or other soy sauce)

2 tbsp. Hoisin sauce

1 tbsp. Honey

1 tsp Chili flakes (optional)

1 head of Butter lettuce (Iceberg or Romaine also work)

2 Carrots, julienned

1 Red pepper, julienned

1/4C Cashews, chopped and toasted

Heat oil in skillet. Add onion, garlic and ginger. Cook for 2 minutes. Stir in Asian five spice and cook for 1 more minute. Mix in Turkey and cook until no longer pink. Stir in Water chestnuts.

In a small bowl mix together Tamari, Hoisin sauce, Honey and Chili flakes (if using). Add to turkey mixture and cook until heated through.

To serve, spoon mixture on to lettuce leaves. Top with Carrots, peppers, and cashews.

Stuffed Figs

January 2014 003I’m still undecided about whether this recipe would be better as an appetizer or as dessert. Either way, it’s delicious and really simple to make. Enjoy!

1 package dried figs

1 Cup Orange juice

1/2 Cup orange marmalade

2 tsp ground cardamom

2 tsp cumin

3/4 Cup Ricotta cheese

1/4 Cup sliced almonds, toasted

Slice figs in half lengthwise and simmer in orange juice for 10 minutes until softened. Remove figs to platter and add marmalade, cardamom and cumin to the pan. Stir and simmer until thickened.

Top figs with 1 -2 tsp of ricotta cheese. Drizzle with orange juice mixture and top with almonds.

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