Cooking With The Lewis Sisters

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Amazing Dinner, Lettice Wraps and Baked Beans May 29, 2012

Filed under: Chicken,Dinner,Grandma D.,Side Dishes — lewissisters @ 6:02 am

I hope everyone has had a great Memorial weekend. This post combines a couple different cultural foods. The first is Lettuce wraps and the second is baked beans. My sister suggested we do breadsticks with our lettuce wraps; however, I was feeling lazy, so I suggested we try baked beans.

Our family loves lettuce wraps, because they are so good and simple to make. The baked beans came from our grandma D. I don’t remember my grandma’s cooking; however, everyone else remembers and says she was an amazing cook and baker.

Last summer, my sister and I found a box of recipes my grandma made and we decided to type them out and send the book to our cousins. It was a great project for us to do because I felt a stronger connection to my grandma. I suddenly wished I had gone into her kitchen when I was little and watched her cook. Funny thing, when my sister and I were making the baked beans, she told me she wished she had watched our grandma cook. I don’t believe it’s ironic that my sister said that. We will try to do justice to her food as we make it now.

Nothing like combining Chinese and Southern cookin to make one amazing meal! Everyone loved this meal. The lettuce wraps were full of flavor, the right blend of sweet and sour. The baked beans were a hit! I’m sure grandma was smiling tonight.
Sorry about the overlapping categories. If you are gluten free be careful with the sauces for the lettuce wraps, some may not be gluten free.

 

Low Carb Chicken Lettice Wraps

62 calories in one serving

1 pound ground chicken or ground turkey

8 scallion’s white and green parts chopped

1 8 ounce can water chess nuts drained, rinsed, and finely chopped

1 red bell pepper finely chopped

1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce (gluten free)

2 and 1/2 Tbsps hoisin sauce

1 Tbsp ginger or fresh grated ginger

1 Tbsp water

2 tsps sesame oil

1 large head of lettuce washed, dried, and leaves separated

Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce (gluten free)

2 Tbsps seasoned rice vinegar

1 Tbsp sugar

1/2 Tbsp ginger or fresh grated ginger

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 tsp garlic or fresh minced garlic

In a large pan, brown the ground chicken onmed high heat. Breaking up the pieces. Pour into colander in the sink and drain fat. Return chicken to pan or rack.  When cool, break up the chicken pieces until minced.

Add scallions, water chess nuts, red pepper, and soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and ginger, water, and sesame oil. Cook for a few minutes until the scallions and red pepper are soft. Keep warm.

In a small bowl, add all the dipping sauce ingredients and mix well.

To assemble each chicken wrap; spoon a third cup of chicken filling onto the lettuce leaf and roll it up. Serve the dipping sauce on the side because the sauce can be strong. Makes about 16 lettuce wraps.

 

Baked Beans

Before the OvenAfter the Oven

2 large cans pork and beans

1 and ½ Tbsps dry mustard

1 cup brown sugar

1 large chopped onion

½ cup ketchup

1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2 stalks chopped celery

Several slices of bacon crumbled

Combine all ingredients and bake in covered dish at 300 degrees for 3-4 hours. We made the beans the night before nad let them hang out in the fridge. They are really good that way. Also, be sure to put the beans in a very deep covered dish and put the beans on a cookie sheet lined with foil, the beans may boil over and you don’t want a messy oven.

Enjoy!

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