Friday, January 18, 2013

Pin 176 & Pin 177

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Yummy-looking lettuce wraps with apples, grapes, and an interesting combination dressing

Original pin:
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A colorful, healthy salad.

I bought some pomegranates a week or so ago when I found them on sale and had this super-foods salad in mind. However, I had not gotten around to making it and was hoping my pomegranates had not gone bad.

Last night, I opened the refrigerator to start preparing dinner and found a wealth of leftovers and produce needing to be eaten. I had pinned the lettuce wraps recently and my mind went immediately to that when I saw the grapes and leftover chicken. I didn't have everything for the super foods salad, but it was time for the pomegranates to get a crack.

I started with chicken I had cooked the night before. It was diced and cooked in the skillet with a little olive oil and a little seasoning.

Next up came the diced grapes, pomegranate seeds, and a stalk of celery left over from a few dishes in the last two weeks.

Then I threw in some walnuts and diced avocado, followed by almond butter and honey. The original recipe calls for peanut butter, but the pinner tagged it with almond butter. I went with almond butter.

All that was left was to spoon it over some lettuce leaves and roll it up. I had some leftover cilantro lime rice that I spooned on top of the lettuce before I topped it with the mixture. Then I had a little trouble with the rolling. Either I stuffed my leaves too full or my leaves were to large, but I could not get them to roll pretty or stay rolled. No worries, I ate it anyway. It was hard to eat with my hands anyway because the filling was sticky.

Oooo, boy! It was delicious. So delicious, in fact, that I had to eat it again for lunch today. Only problem was that there was no more rice or chicken. I substituted in some diced mozzarella and chopped my romaine lettuce. Now I had a chopped salad! I never would have thought to use almond butter as a "salad dressing" but that is basically what it was fulfilling. It was a little hard to coat everything when I made it as a salad today, but it worked well enough.

And here is my confession. . . I keep thinking about it. I want to eat it for every meal. Lucky me, I have two more pomegranates in my fridge right now.

Total cost: $0 because it was left over night!! I may have spent $1 on the pomegranates (for 3!! good price) weeks ago.

Final verdict: Yum. Yum. Yum. Unsuccessful as a wrap but successful in the flavors! A super combined pin recipe that I am going to use again and again. I was surprised that almond butter would even work with these flavors. And knowing I could use peanut butter as a substitute will help when the almond butter is all gone.

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