I love Thai food. I could eat it pretty much all the time if they let me. Some of it is a bit spicy for me but hey, studies show that spicy food apparently helps your body lose weight. Woo hoo! I had a noodle dish the other day that was super delicious but I did act like – as my hilarious daughter puts it – a retarded dragon. Yeah you know the face. We have all done it – don’t deny a hilarious thing.
I have two thai staples, pad thai and chicken satay. Both have peanuts, so both would work for a peanut butter themed week. I decided to narrow it down and make satay because honestly, it’s that delectable peanut sauce that takes the cake for me. And THAT is mostly peanut butter.
Of course, you know me. How do I put a twist on an already great thing like chicken satay? I wanted to do something a little healthier because thai food really is pretty healthy anyways and I didn’t want to change that aspect. Lettuce wraps were a valid option – grill the meat and unskewer it right into the wrap. This could be a great little snack, or eaten as a full meal with a side.
Yes, I am barbecuing again. Oh my gosh the weather is still random around here, but for the most part this week it’s been pretty warm. Warm enough to… oh my gosh, I didn’t tell you!! It has been warm enough to start a full fledged reorganization of my garage. I had some of Angela’s furniture that wasn’t being put to use anywhere else so I figured, what the heck? I need to start building up stock of items to use in my photos.
I realized that if I had a place to put all my finds, I could “find” more! Just in time too because there is a neighborhood garage sale here in two weeks. I am going to scour every single garage! Garage sales, swap meets and thrift stores so far are the best options for picking up pieces in my style. I think eventually I will fill the shelves we just set up in the garage. And that’s a lot of space right there. I have determined that one day I will have a pantry that looks like this one. No joke.
So back to my wraps… even though I could talk about my pantry aspirations for the rest of the day. Normal veggie wraps are done with lettuce as a base. I thought that through, but since cabbage is more of an asian ingredient, I thought I would try that. Regular cabbage is so strong in flavor I tried savoy cabbage instead. Ok, I kind of liked the savoy cabbage but it still had a obvious cabbage taste. So… My advice? If you like cabbage, use cabbage. If you rather lettuce, use lettuce – I suggest butter lettuce. They make great wraps.
So, take a break today and eat something good for you like a veggie packed wrap with chicken marinated in this amazing peanut butter sauce. My mouth is salivating just thinking about it.
- 3 pounds chicken breast, sliced into strips
- I can (13.5 ounces) coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1 lime, juiced
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoons garlic chili paste
- ½ teaspoon ginger powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 heads savoy cabbage
- Veggie toppings: carrot, cucumber, basil, peanuts, bell pepper
- Mix coconut milk, curry, lime, peanut butter, brown sugar, garlic chili paste, ginger, garlic and soy sauce until well blended. Divide mixture in half. Add chicken and half the mixture to a large baggie and refrigerate at least one hour or up to overnight.
- Heat an outdoor or stovetop grill. Skewer the chicken pieces and flipping halfway through, cook about 8 minutes or until no longer pink in the center.
- Fill cabbage leaves with chopped veggies, grilled chicken and a drizzle of sauce.