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Fast & Easy Asian Lettuce Wraps:

asian wraps

 

Fast & Easy Asian Lettuce Wraps:

  • 1 pound of your favorite chopped/minced meat (i.e. hamburger, pork, turkey)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped to taste
  • 1-2 TBSP fresh ginger chopped to taste
  • 1–2 red chilies, deseeded and chopped (use a different chili if you’d like)
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1-2 TBSP soy sauce to taste
  • 3 spring onions, trimmed and chopped
  • Head of your favorite lettuce (I like butter lettuce)

 

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1 to 2 TBSP of chili garlic sauce
  • ½ cup julienned carrots
  • ½ cup of peanuts or cashews

 

Instructions

  1. Heat a large frying pan and add a little oil. Season raw meat well with salt and pepper.  Cook the meat on high stirring constantly.  Fry the meat in the hot pan for 5–7 minutes until crisp and brown and broken down. Drain the crisped meat and put aside.
  2. Wipe out the pan and add a tablespoon of toasted sesame oil, or just plain oil.  Add the garlic, ginger and chili (and carrots if you are using them. Fry with a pinch of salt and then add the sugar and cook for 2 minutes. Add the drained meat to the pan.  If you are using chili garlic sauce, add it now.
  3. Add the soy sauce and heat through. Add the spring onions, stirring for 30 seconds. Turn off the heat.

 

 

Suggestions:

-eat plain or put a little hoisin sauce in the lettuce, or a little chili garlic sauce before adding the meat mixture.

-add a squeeze of lime or lime zest if you want before you add the meat in the last step

-if you want a quick sauce put a TBSP soy sauce, tsp toasted sesame oil, ½ a red chili, squeeze of lime, and a tsp of brown sugar with tsp water or rice wine.

-you can use hamburger/beef, ground turkey, ground pork or chicken, or even use ½ pork and ½ beef.

-For a vegetarian version, take a pound of your favorite mushrooms and chop them finely and cook it as you do the meat.  Again make sure you cook it on high to get the moisture out.  Do what you like.  Recipes are guides, not laws.  Enjoy!

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“Summer Ginger Splash” drink recipe

 

 

 

OSC-4715

Summer Ginger Splash” 

For a refreshing and unique twist try this great drink.  I like adding maraschino cherries and a slice of lime or lemon.  Add a zest of fresh ginger on top of each glass and you are in heaven!  For adults, add a couple of shots of vodka to the mix and wow!

Ingredients:

-fresh mint leaves (add 1 tbsp. of mint per glass; more or less per your taste)
-1 cup cherry juice, OR cranberry juice, OR pomegranate juice OR Guava, OR Peach, etc….
 

-4 tablespoons lime juice
-3 cups ginger ale

(optional) 2-3 shots of your favorite vodka; obviously not for the kids.

*add a tbsp of sugar if you are using pomegranate juice

Directions
Add the desired amount of mint to each glass. Mash the mint with the back of a wooden spoon or crusher. In a large pitcher, add the cherry and lime juices. Stir. Add the ginger ale. You can either fill the glasses with ice or the pitcher with ice.  Pour into glasses, and garnish with any fruit you like.  Place fruit on a tray and let your guests choose!

TIPS:

****For garnish, after pouring into glasses put a thin slice or a small mince of fresh ginger on top of each glass.  I like it with a slice of lime and maraschino cherries as well!

-Slice up various amounts of fruit.  Peel oranges or grapefruit and cut into slices or chunks,  Use cherries, mango, lychee, blackberry, blueberry.  Use your imagination!

Yield: 4 servings  Enjoy!!