Monday, August 8, 2011

Would you like some chicken lettuce wraps (another giveaway!).

****UPDATE 8.15.2011 We have winners: #14 (Stacy) and #17 (Erika).  Congratulations!  You are going to love this cookbook!  I will reach out to you both for shipping information.  Thanks to everyone who entered!  ~Lyndi ****

Okay, confession. I am not giving away actual chicken lettuce wraps.  I am giving away the COOKBOOK that teaches you how to make the most scrumptious and good-for-you lettuce wraps and other healthy meals.  It’s called Slim & Scrumptious, written by New York Times bestselling author and nutrition expert for the Today show, Joy Bauer.

On Friday, I posted all about Joy Bauer and her Food Cures website and book giveaway.  That contest ends this Friday.  

TODAY’S NEW GIVEAWAY is for her cookbook that has more than 75 delicious, healthy meals your family will love.  And yes, that includes an easy and two-foodie-thumbs up recipe for chicken lettuce wraps.

Want the deliciously-fresh-and-crunchy-yummy-with a-depth-of-flavor chicken lettuce recipe? 

Don’t let the ingredient list scare you.  This is a really uncomplicated meal that can be put together quiet quickly.  Nutrition information is available for all her recipes, which is rockin’… right @NWAMommy and @soarwitheagles?

Serves 4 (serving size is 3 lettuce wraps)
(p.103 of the cookbook, published with permission)


4 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
2 stalks celery, finely diced
1 large red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced (I only had a green on hand)
1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely diced
3 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced
2 tablespoons grated or finely minced fresh ginger (time for your trusty Microplane!)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground chicken (at least 90% lean)
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup bottled Chinese plum sauce
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce (or tamari sauce for my gluten-free friends)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon hot chili paste, such as sriracha (or to taste)
¼ cup unsalted roasted cashews, chopped
¼ cup minced fresh cilantro, plus extra for garnish (optional)
1 head Boston or Bibb lettuce (if you’re not using these lettuces on a regular basis, we need to talk.  Okay, I’ll write about it soon, I promise)


1.Liberally coat a large skillet with oil spray, and preheat it over medium-high heat.

2.Add the carrots, celery, bell pepper, water chestnuts, scallions, ginger, and garlic.  Saute, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften slightly, about 5 minutes, adding a tablespoon of water at a time as necessary to prevent scorching.

3.Reapply oil spray if necessary, and add the ground chicken to the skillet.  Cook until the chicken is no longer pink, breaking the meat into a fine crumble with a wooden spoon as it cooks.  Season with salt and pepper.

4.Add the plum sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, and chili paste and stir to coat.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer until heated through.

5.Remove the skillet from the heat, and stir in the cashews and cilantro. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, about 5 minutes (if you can wait that long!).

6.Clean the lettuce and break off 12 individual leaves (trim away the stem ends of the leaves if they are touch).  Fill each lettuce cup with roughly ½ cup of the chicken mixture.  Garnish with additional cilantro if desired.


Calories 298; Protein 27g; Carbs 34g; Total Fat 9g; Saturated fat 2g; Cholesterol 80mg; Fiber 5g; Sodium 610g (or less if you use low-sodium soy or tamari sauce)

Curious about the giveaway?


2 crazy-lucky winners will receive their very own copy of the book, Slim & Scrumptious, delivered to their homes!

Contest ends this coming Sunday, August 14th at midnight (CDT).  I will pick a winner via randomizer.


Leave me a comment, preferably with your twitter or blog name to make it easy to contact you.  If you don’t have either, that’s okay, leave your name (need help on how to leave a comment?  Click, here).

Comment question:  What is YOUR favorite way to cook slim or scrumptious?  Example:  “I use chicken broth instead of oil to sauté.”
Want extra chances to win?

+1 extra entry:  Tweet this giveaway (leave an extra comment to let me know!)

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Good luck!


Eat well, my friends.  Eat well.

Full disclosure:  I received free books to review for this post: Food Cures and Slim & Scrumptious. (Thanks, Joy!)

No purchase necessary to enter. Contest void where prohibited. Contest open to members who are 18 years or older. Contest open only to US residents only.


  1. Yes! I'm loving wrapping all kinds of food in lettuce these days as a way to cut calories and most importantly stay away from gluten and corn. Love it that she includes the nutritional information.

  2. We buy almost exclusively whole grains, but we also look at portion. We buy 100% whole grain "mini" bagels that we enjoy, but keep the quantities down to what is realistic. Great for quick turkey sandwiches or snacks on the go.

  3. I add cinnamon to nearly everything i bake with sugar in the recipee because it(cinnamon) helps sugar metabolize more slowly into your blood streame. So i feel healthier and also i have that delicous smell of cinnamon hanging around my house too!

  4. I totally put you on face book! Rock on
    I often replace 1/4 cup of flour in a recipe (bake fully speaking) with my own mix of ground flax,wheat germ, and oat bran. Makes me feel as if i am getting a little fiber with my baked treat!

  5. As a way to institute more fish in my family's diet...we now have Fish Thursdays. I buy fresh fish from the local farmer's market each Thursday afternoon and prepare it that evening (seared tuna!!!) And I always use a moderate amount of olive oil during preparation.

  6. *** Kevin receives one extra entry because he posted on facebook *** ~Lyndi


  7. We're trying to incorporate more fruits and veggies by adding them to smoothies for breakfast. I find it's easier to drink them then eat them separately throughout the day. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  8. We do everything possible to keep things healthy around here. From baking instead of frying down to yogurts with healthier 'stats' - I'll admit I'm kind of a nut about it!! We're also a gluten free household, so most of that 'stuff' has naturally better-for-you ingredients.

    I've been missing bread, but I think the lettuce wraps would be an excellent substitution!! :) I'll be tweeting and FB'ing this too!

  9. *** MickiRuns receives on extra entry because she tweeted this giveaway *** ~Lyndi


  10. So my favorite thing ever is to recreate restaurant recipes at home- the lighter way. One of my latest 'unfried' chicken using panko crumbs and Earth Balance.

    Love the cookbook giveaway! I'll tweet and Facebook it now.

  11. I joined a CSA so I can eat healthier. Also, stopped drinking soda and only have desert once a week (despite immense cravings!)

  12. I substitute Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and no one ever notices!

    ~ @MollyFaye

  13. Being a dietitian (but a foodie first and foremost) I always make more food than I need so that I have leftovers for work.  During the summer, I also go to the farmers' market at least once per week to stock up on fruit and vegetables.

  14. I don't really cook.....nor do I cook slimly. If that's a word. But I should probably start because my ass is gettin large and in charge!

  15. *** *** MickiRuns receives on extra entry because she posted this giveaway on facebook *** ~Lyndi


  16. *** Erika receives one extra entry because she tweeted this *** ~Lyndi

  17. *** Erika receives one extra entry because she posted this giveaway on facebook *** ~Lyndi


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