Coconut Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Coconut Chicken Lettuce Wraps

If you enjoy Asian food and Latin food alike, this recipe can be considered an infusion of the two. Only for the fact that the butter lettuce is used like a taco.

This recipe is very simple and easy to prepare, and is bursting with Asian flavor. We used tapioca starch in place of cornstarch, which we feel is a better choice. Another great cornstarch replacement is arrowroot.

The recipe contains coconut, in the form of oil and dried coconut meat. Coconut oil, though it contains saturated fat, also has fat in the form of lauric acid, about 50%. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid, which has antibacterial, antiviral, and antiprotozal properties.

Tips on Choosing the Lettuce

Butter lettuce is great to use with this recipe for its tenderness, and texture. Choose the leaves that are the largest, and most pliable. Be sure the leaf is not wilted or has and discoloring on it.

Let’s get stated with preparing our featured recipe: Coconut Chicken Lettuce Wraps, and here is what you will need.

12 leaves of butter lettuce

2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil

1 pound chicken breast or chicken thigh strips (option to also use ground meat)

2 medium green onions, chopped

½ cup canned water chestnuts, drained, rinsed, and chopped

¼ cup chicken broth

2 tablespoons tamari soy sauce

1 tablespoon tapioca starch

2 tablespoons filtered water

¼ cup gomasio (sesame seeds and sea salt) – recipe to follow

1/2 cup dried fine flacked unsweetened coconut meat

First make your gomasio.

Recipe for Gomasio

2 cups whole sesame seeds

1 tablespoon Himalayan salt

Place sesame seeds in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.

Roast for 10 minutes, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until seeds turn golden brown.

Place sesame seeds and salt in a suribachi or mortar and pestle, and grind into a coarse meal. A coffee grinder will work as well.

When cooled, transfer to a glass container.

Store in refrigerator. Keeps for 6-8 weeks.

Gomasio is the principal table condiment in the Macrobiotic diet. Use it in place of table salt to season your food, giving it a hearty delicious taste.

According to Macrodiet.com, gomasio also functions as a medicine in itself, due to its powerful ant-acid biochemical effect–a thousand times more effective than AlkaSeltzer. They state you can use 1/2 to l teaspoonful placed directly into the mouth,  and suck on it well, before swallowing, as it strengthens digestion and improves energy.

Because the gomasio uses Himalayan salt (Celtic or sea salt can be used as well), it contains all of the vital trace minerals like (but not limit too) calcium, potassium, and magnesium, making it a natural anti-acid for the stomach. Table salt will not work, as it only contains sodium.

Preparing Coconut Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Wash lettuce leaves gently so as not to damage or tear them. Drain the lettuce in a clean colander or on clean paper towels for a few minutes before using.

Heat the coconut oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the chicken stripes and sauté until oblique in color.

vegetable ingredients for Coconut Chicken Lettuce WrapsNext add the green onions, water chestnuts, tamari, and chicken broth. Simmer for about 5 minutes.

Mix the tapioca with water and add to chicken mixture. Cook over medium high heat, until the sauce thickens.

Coconut Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Transfer chicken mixture to a serving bowl set on a large platter and sprinkle with the gomasio and mix in. Top with the dried coconut meat on top. Next arrange the butter lettuce leaves on the platter around the bowl.

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Each person takes a lettuce leaf and spoons some of the chicken mixture on to it, and grabs the butter lettuce with meat mixture like a wrap of taco style.

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Wild Salmon with Peach Mango Salsa

Wild Salmon with Peach Mango Salsa

Wild Salmon with Peach Mango Salsa with Prosciutto Wrapped Vegetables

Do you know the difference between farmed fish and wild ocean caught fish, in particularly salmon? We wanted to know the answer, so we reasearch it, and here is what we found.

Farmed fish is a $1 billion a year revenue (USA), with salmon being number one. Farmed salmon has less area in which to grow and thrive, and their bodies are much fattier than wild salmon, and have less omega-3 fatty acids. They are fed processed fish oil and fish meal or a high fat feed, which is not the typical food wild salmon eat.

The flesh of farmed salmon are greyish in color due to their diet. Food coloring is added after harvesting to give farmed salmon the pinkish color that wild caught salmon have naturally.

Health Problems Associated with Farmed Salmon

Farmed salmon contain more unhealthy omega-6 fatty acids, and higher lipid levels (Lipid Composition in Farmed and Wild Salmon), raising the risk of inflammation, which is  associated with heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and other health problems.

Farmed salmon are given antibiotics and in some cases growth hormones, which also gets into the water supply, and can affect other wild marian creatures.

As of 2013 AquaBounty Technologies (US based company) has received approval from the FDA (Genetically Engineered Salmon) to genetically modify farmed salmon.

The one benefit of farmed salmon is they have no mercury in their meat, as they are grown in so-called controlled waters and their lifespan is shorter than in the wild, and wild salmon live longer with higher chances of mercury exposure.

After considering the research, it appears to us here at Splendid Recipes and More, that wild caught salmon is clearly more natural and nutritious over  its farm grown counterpart.

Wild Salmon with Peach Mango Salsa

Now for our featured recipe and here is what you will need.

The recipe makes four (4) servings, so you will need four salmon filets that are de-boned. When shopping for the ingredients to make the salsa, be sure to purchase one each of red sweet pepper (bell pepper), mango, serrano chili, small lime, and one bunch of green onions (Scallions). You will also need 2 medium peaches (frozen are ok if fresh peaches are not in season).

2 medium peaches, peeled, deseeded, chopped

1 large mango, peeled, deseeded, chopped

½ cup green onions, diced (about 3 scallions)

½ red bell pepper, diced

1 Serrano pepper, deseeded and minced

½ tsp. salt

1 tbsp. sugar (we used coconut sugar)

Juice from one half of a lime

Optional: ½ cup cilantro, chopped

chopped and diced produce for Peach and Mango Salsa

Prepare peaches and mango. Place into a medium mixing bowl along with the diced onion and red bell pepper. Do not mix. Next add Serrano pepper and optional to add chopped cilantro, again, do not mix.

Peach and Mango Salsa - close-up

squeeze out lime juice with the back of a spoon

Squeeze out lime juice with the back of a spoon

 

 

Together add salt, coconut sugar and lime juice. Stir mixture until well incorporated.

Let mixture set for 15 minutes at room temperature for flavors to infuse, or refrigerate until ready to eat

 

Wild Salmon with Peach Mango Salsa

Prepare salmon, by grilling, baking, or broiling. Plate your salmon and top with the salsa. The recipe for the side dish of vegetables to be posted.

Peach and Mango Salsa

The salsa can keep in a jar with a tight lid for 2-3 days in the refrigerator, or can be frozen for later use.

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What to Remember About the Holocaust

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January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. If we are going to remember the victims of that horrible time in history, then we should remember all of the victims.

There are a few facts we have all learned and can remember, that is the Holocaust began in January 1933 when Hitler came to power and technically ended on May 8, 1945. We also know that approximately six million Jews were executed. I say approximately, because some will argue that number cannot be proven, but the fact stands, many Jews were killed at that time during Hitler’s rule.

But we investigated to see what else there was to be remembered, and should be remembered from that time during 1933 to 1945. According to Peter Hayes, in his book titled Lessons and Legacies: Memory, Memorialization, and Denial, he wrote that over 1.1 million children died during the Holocaust.

Gas Chambers of the Holocaust The Holocaust Encyclopedia (2001) states that the children were targeted by the Nazis during the Holocaust, as they posed a threat to Hitlers Germany, because if they lived, they would grow up to make a new generation of Jews.

train wagon in the concentration camps of 1933 to 1945Children suffocated on the way to the camps in the crowded cattle cars, and those who survived were immediately taken to the gas chambers.

The Nazis sent 10,000-15,000 homosexuals to the concentration camps, of which an estimated 6,000-9,000 died in the camps.

Other groups that were targeted that we never remember or are told, were Romanies (Gypsies) of which approximately 220,000-500,000  were killed during the Holocaust.

Another religious group targeted and Hitler himself promised to exterminate from the surface of the earth, were Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Even the disabled were sent to the concentration camps, and immediately sent to the gas chambers.

Wow, that’s a lot to take in and remember. Let’s not forget what you have learned in the aforementioned above. If you do have problems remembering things, we suggest you eat the following foods. You didn’t think we would “remember” to add a recipe or two, did you?

Indian-Spiced-SalmonThese foods contain B-vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids which help retain memory. Such as fish, particularly Salmon, which contains omega-3 fatty acids. Link here for our Indian Spiced Salmon.

Berries and Vanilla Pudding PieBlueberries and strawberries have antioxidants and some of the B-vitamins which help clean up bio-chemical debris that would interfere with brain function and memory, according to the Montreal Gazette. Link here for our Berries and Vanilla Pudding Pie.

Article Information Credited: 90 Facts About The Holocaust

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