Tuesday, May 10, 2011

we've still got to eat

Pork Lettuce Wraps

Hello? Hello? Anyone still here?

It's been weeks since I've been here. Sorry for my long absence. I don't even want to tell you how  busy we've been with the first of the graduation parties just days away and we're only 12 days shy of the big event. I can tell you that I've been performing duties of a party planner, scholarship coordinator, personal assistant, graphic designer, decorator, and caterer, not to mention my regular duties as mom.

Given what's on my calendar, I did make sure to menu plan this last weekend prior to my trip to the grocery store this weekend. No matter how full the calendar is, we've still got to eat. I knew that if I didn't plan, I would fail and that would mean carry out, pizza delivery and me being unhappy with myself for allowing it to happen.

I haven't shared a menu plan in ages. Here's what I planned for:
Spicy Italians (our homemade version of the Subway sandwich), Pea Salad, Chips
Baked Tilapia, Spinach & Rice Casserole, Steamed Green Beans
Salmon Burgers, Oven Fries
Ham & Cheese Pie, Steamed Broccoli
Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas, Saffron Rice, Guacamole Salad
Asian Wild Rice Salad
Pork Lettuce Wraps, Couscous, Mandarin Oranges
Breakfast for Dinner - Sausage Brunch Squares, Hashbrowns, Fruit
Pork & Asparagus Rice Bowls

The Pork Lettuce Wraps pictured above are a favorite of mine and Madison. They come together quickly and have a bit of a kick to them. I like to serve them with couscous and either mandarin oranges or pineapple to cool the taste buds. The original recipe appeared in this book but I've modified it, which is the version I will be sharing.

Pork Lettuce Wraps
1lb. ground pork
1 tsp. vegetable oil
2 T rice wine vinegar
2 T teriyaki sauce
2 T soy sauce
2 T honey
1 T Thai chili garlic paste
1 tsp cornstarch
2 c. shredded carrots
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 head butter lettuce, washed and separated

Heat oil in skillet. Brown pork. Drain any fat/juice in the pan.

Whisk together vinegar and next 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Add vinegar mixture, carrots, and onions to pork. Cook 3 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly, stirring often.

Spoon mixture onto lettuce leaves; roll up.


Anonymous said...

not only that - but you are managing to eat well! I've missed you. Hang in there. The big day is almost here :)

Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

mm mm mmmm....I love lettuce wraps. And on Bibb lettuce too? I'm making these for sure!

JC Mom said...

Can't wait to try these!


yum, lettuce wraps! so good...do you have your spicy italian 'subway' sammie recipe on your blog? my husband would love those...

Nancy said...

@calamity jane ~ email me at your convenience and i'll tell you how we make them. no real recipe but i'm happy to share what we do.
3blondesandthelaw at live dot com

Jennifer said...

that looks really really good.

too soon all the hoopla will be over.

i've been steppin gup the meal planning. i always love to see what you've got on your plate.

here's to a few minutes of peace!