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Cleaning Out the Freezer

imageI’ve been meaning to clean out my freezer for several months now and just haven’t gotten to it. It’s full of chicken carcasses, vegetable trimmings, leftover tomato sauce, and frozen fruit. While it’s clear I need to make chicken stock, I started this task much too late in the day to complete that. I decided I’d round-up the loose bananas, apple slices, IQF pineapple and strawberries, and coconut milk, and then portion the fruit into sandwich bags so I can easily make smoothies in the morning.

I made up six bags, so I’m all set for this week. I also needed a little snack today, so whipped up a smoothie this afternoon using one of my bags. I’ve seen so-called smoothie bowls cropping up on YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and in my Feedly feed and have been meaning to try out the concept. I took one of my bags and mixed in my NutriBullet with a bit of water. I poured into a bowl and topped with some cashews, dried cranberries, chocolate chips, and Mandarin segments. Not quite as photogenic as those Pinterest beauties, but I’m a believer! What a great, simple idea. I’ll definitely be making another smoothie bowl in the near future.

Cleaning Out the Freezer
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1 person 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Cleaning Out the Freezer
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 person 5 minutes
Ingredients
Toppings
Servings: person
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the smoothie ingredients in a blender. Adjust the amount of water based on blender requirements and desired thickness. Blend and place in a serving bowl.
  2. Arrange Toppings as desired and enjoy!
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Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Pineapple and Sriracha-Pimenton Sauce

Wow. That title is a mouthful, but I didn’t think ‘Chicken Lettuce Wraps’ was detailed enough and then…well…where does one stop?

This past Sunday I cooked a whole chicken on my charcoal grill¬†at my parents’ house for supper for the family. My mom likes to invite me over for dinner, only to then request that I cook dinner for her. Sneaky. While the grill was fired up and I had time on my hands, I also cooked a few bone-in skin-on chicken breasts to eat this week. When I think of it, I like to batch cook like this to make it easier during the week. Firing up the charcoal grill to cook one chicken breast on Tuesday night is just a non-starter.

I got home from work tonight and did a little yard work. I am plagued by wisteria vines. They are proving to be quite the capable foe. I will overcome. So anyway, after a bit of weeding, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my chicken. I was in the mood for something spicy, but don’t have a lot of groceries on hand, so options were limited. Lettuce wraps are often my go-to, and tonight they were definitely my backup plan if I couldn’t think of something better. It started coming together in my head slowly. Lettuce wraps. Chicken. Spice. Something creamy. Something sweet. I opened the fridge and saw pineapple. Then got to thinking about chipotle mayo. But I don’t have any chipotles! Dang. Ok, ok. I can work around this. How about sriracha with smoked paprika? That’ll get me pretty close, right? Right. So that’s how it happened. And it was mighty fine.

Also, might need to get this for my sister! Her birthday is coming up…

Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Pineapple and Sriracha-Pimenton Sauce
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1 person
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1 person
Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Pineapple and Sriracha-Pimenton Sauce
Print Recipe
Servings
1 person
Servings
1 person
Ingredients
Sauce
Servings: person
Instructions
  1. Arrange the lettuce leaves on a plate, shiny sides up so they are like cups or boats
  2. Fill each leaf with a few pineapple chunks and the shredded chicken
  3. Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk (I use a fork) until smooth
  4. Drizzle sauce over lettuce wraps or use as a dip
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