Saturday, February 3, 2018

College Girl Can Eat | Healthy Lettuce Wraps


Happy Saturday you guys!!
I've been thinking a lot lately about what I'm passionate about, what I think you could benefit from and just where I want to take this blog in general. I absolutely love cooking and most of that is because of my mom and her love for cooking. I didn't realize how fortunate I am to have a mom that is a phenomenal cook and who has passed down her love for cooking to me. She loves to bake, cook things with extra butter, sugar and adds cream cheese in dishes you would never think of adding it to. When you think of the types of food that "stick to your hips" that's what she's best at! 

Once I got to College I grew a new found love for healthier eating. So to sum this love romance up, I've turned my love for cooking into a love for cooking her famous recipes cleaner and healthier. A little less butter and a little more veggies. I am starting a new series on my blog called "College Girl Can Eat." This series is going to be exactly how it sounds, a series for my fellow food lovers. Male or female: Calling all foodies. It is "College Girl Can Eat" because it's about me and my large not-so-girly appetite. I'm going to share with you at least one recipe a month on the first Saturday of the month. 

You can make sure to see all of my recipes by following the hashtag #ssvrecipes and of course by following me! I would also LOVE to see you recreate my meals and if you post them on your insta-story or in an instagram post please tag me and #ssvrecipes or #collegegirlcaneat! 

Here are the things I really focus on being a college girl with a love for food. 

1. Price: If you're in college, I'm sure you're budgeting to some extent. Now, I want to challenge you to keep up with how much you spend when you eat out. The convenience of eating at a restaurant is hard to pass up but if you eat out 5 times a week for breakfast, lunch or dinner, you'll spend roughly $50. Give or take. Some of my meal prep meals are $2 EACH. I strive on creating meals for less and want to teach you how to do that as well, through this series. 

2. Health: Something that comes along with the convenience of ordering take out is the amount of calories and fat that the take out contains. Everything (most everything) I make is yummy and summer body friendly. 

3. Difficulty: I didn't realize before coming to college that being able to cook is a gift and an art. My mom cooked every night when I lived at home so naturally I learned different things all the time. If you don't really know how to cook NO WORRIES! I want to teach you and share my passion with you! My recipes will be simple and easy to follow. If you ever have any questions about a recipe please feel free to reach out. 

So now that we're doing this thing, here is my first recipe! I shared it on my Instagram story a few weeks ago and had numerous people who couldn't wait to make it for themselves! 

HEALTHY LETTUCE WRAPS

This is my recipe for 4 meal prep meals (aka: 4 servings). If you want more you can of course double the recipe but I recommend only storing cooked food in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


GROCERY LIST
Meat:
A Pound of lean Ground Turkey
preferably 99% fat free

Produce:
1 Head of Romaine Hearts
2 Garlic Cloves
Half of a Small White Onion
Bundle of Green Onions
Small Bag of Shredded Carrots

Canned Goods:
1 8oz Can Of Water Chestnuts

Condiments: 
1/4 cup Hoisin Sauce
2 tbsp Soy Sauce

Oils:
1 tbsp Olive Oil

Spices:
Salt
Pepper

*Optional add 1 bag of Uncle Bens Brown Rice & Quinoa. If you do so, you will only need half pound of ground turkey*


DIRECTIONS 
1. Peel & dice half of a small white onion.

2. Turn a burner on medium and heat 1 tbsp of oil and add the diced white onion to a skillet. Let simmer 2-3 minutes.
3. Once the onion begins simmering, add a pound of ground turkey to the hot pan and chop, chop, chop.

4. While the ground turkey and onions are cooking together lightly chop the shredded carrots and add them to the pan once meat is 3/4 done cooking. Stir all of the mix together in the pan.



5. Next. Open, drain and chop your water chestnuts. I used 3/4 the can. Chop these to your preference. I left them a little bit chunkier to add more texture to the mix. Once chopped add these to the sizzling pan and stir.

6. Add your condiments and spices to the mixture and stir. By now your ground turkey should be cooked, carrots perfectly softened, and water chestnuts absorbed all of the yummy flavors. If this isn't the case, give it a few more minutes, if it appears so, turn your heat off and move the pan off of the heat.

7. Lastly prepare your green onions by washing them, dicing them and adding them to a separate tupperware. Wash the lettuce wash and cut the sprout end off.

8. Once the Lettuce Wrap Filling is cooled off, pack about 3/4 cup into individual containers and store in the refrigerator.
Voila! Lettuce Wraps are served!

How to Prepare

Once you're ready to eat. Pull the dish out of the refrigerator and warm your tupperware of meat for 30 seconds or so in the microwave. Get two or three lettuce hearts out on a plate. Spread the warm meat onto each lettuce heart, sprinkle chopped green onion on top and you can drizzle a little soy sauce for some extra flavor. THEN EAT!

SHOP THE POST



NUTRITION 
WITHOUT BROWN RICE & QUINOA
FAT: 4
CARBS (g):  8.6
PROTEIN: 11.3    
CALORIES: 116

WITH BROWN RICE & QUINOA 
FAT: 6.2
CARBS (g): 37.1
PROTEIN: 15.1
CALORIES: 266

This recipe is oh my goodness SOO GOOD! How did you guys like the format of my very first College Girl Can Eat recipe series? Was it easy to follow? Please let me know one way or the other. You can comment in the comment section below, comment on any Instagram picture or DM me! I hope you love this recipe as well as the rest of the meals I post during this series!

xoxo, braylea


Nutrition was calculated on the app MyFitnessPal
I am not certified in nutrition in any way. Recipe is my own, failure to give credit when posting this recipe would offend the copyright of Sweet Southern Vogue Blog.

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