How to Make Chicken Salad Butter Lettuce Wraps for the 4th of July

 

As we all know Friday is America’s Independence Day! Why not bring a nice picnic dinner to enjoy during the fireworks show?  For a healthy, delicious meal that puts a more contemporary feel on a classic summer favorite, follow this quick and easy recipe, to mouthwatering Lemon, Tarragon Chicken Salad Wraps, that will feed a family of four.

 Live Gourmet Butter Lettuce

 What you will need:

3 chicken breasts

1 head of Live Gourmet Living Butter Lettuce, or Grower Pete’s Organic Living Butter Lettuce

1 bay leaf

1 cup of diced celery

½ cup of diced green onions

1 and ½ to 2 teaspoons of fresh tarragon (upon preference)

Kosher salt and fresh Pepper

For the Dressing:

¾ to 1 cup of mayonnaise (upon preference)

2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice

1 minced, small garlic clove

Kosher salt and fresh pepper

Directions:

  1. Place the chicken breasts in a large pot
  2. Cover the chicken with water
  3. Add in one bay leaf
  4. Grind in salt and pepper
  5. Boil mixture for 30-45 minutes, until chicken is tender enough to shred with a fork

After chicken is done cooking:

  1. Place the cooked chicken breasts into a large bowl and shred the chicken well with a fork.
  2. Add in diced celery, diced green onions and fresh tarragon, and stir together with chicken.

Dressing:

  1. In a separate bowl mix together the dressing ingredients
  2. Pour dressing over chicken and vegetable mixture
  3. Stir everything together well

To Serve:

Place a couple of tablespoons of the chicken salad into single butter lettuce leaves, and enjoy!

 

Happy 4th of July from Hollandia Produce, L.P.!

Yummy Lettuce Wrap Recipe Ideas

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Lamb with Avocado, Onion and Cilantro photo from BalancedBites.com.

Who said our butter lettuce is only limited to salads!? The creativity that can be done with butter lettuce is endless! Add crispness to your meals and use butter lettuce as a substitution for hamburger buns, tortillas, and even as sandwich bread! Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC, Owner & Founder of Balanced Bites (Real Food for Real People); Certified Nutrition Consultant; and New York Times Best-Selling author of Practical Paleo shared 15 fresh eating, scrumptious lettuce wrap ideas on her website. See Diane’s 15 Delicious Lettuce Wrap Recipe Ideas.

We love her Lamb with Avocado, Onion and Cilantro lettuce wrap (photo on the right). Don’t those look heavenly? As Diane shares, you can definitely get creative in the kitchen with lettuce.

We are biased to butter lettuce, but you can’t blame us, right?

So what are you waiting for!? Get creative and share your lettuce creations with us!

 

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Living Butter Lettuce Nutrient and Storing Information

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If you didn’t know, butter lettuce is highly nutritious. It is packed with vitamins like vitamin A, iron, and calcium. It also does not contain any cholesterol, sodium, or fat, making it a healthy green for you and your family.

Fruits and Veggies More Matters suggests to avoid butter lettuce heads that have wilted leaves. They also suggest to store washed and dried lettuce in a plastic bag inside the refrigerator for up to five days.

Our Living Butter Lettuce arrives alive, so we suggest you keep it in its original container we like to call a “mini greenhouse”. We call it a mini-greenhouse because it has a perfect micro-climate inside to help keep your leafy greens as fresh as they can be.

Our blog is filled with butter lettuce recipes for you and your family to try. We even have recipes that are kid-friendly and vegetarian, providing you with recipes that fit your lifestyle needs. We invite you to view our blog for some great Living Butter Lettuce recipes that you and your family will definitely enjoy.

 

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Back to School Lunchbox Recipe

Lunchbox recipe with butter lettuce
Photo provided by Yummy Mummy Kitchen

School is back in session and this means its time for Moms (or Dads!) to start getting back into the routine of making school lunches for their kids. Prepared school lunches can be so bland and boring. The same ham and cheese sandwiches can become tiring, you know? Thankfully, Marina Delio from Yummy Mummy Kitchen is here to help.  In a recent blog post, she provides delicious kid-friendly recipes to make for school. One of our favorite lunchbox ideas was her Egg Salad Lettuce Wraps. The idea looks great and easy to make! We do suggest you use our Living Butter Lettuce (instead of romaine) for a fresh crisp your kids will enjoy.

Here is what you’ll need for the Egg Salad:

  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • Live Gourmet Butter Lettuce
  • 1 baguette or 8 slices sandwich bread

For Marina’s complete lunchbox ideas, visit here:  http://buff.ly/1a2eNxJ

We’re curious, how are you incorporate Living Butter Lettuce into your kids meals?

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Vegetarian Taco Salad Bowl

Vegetarian Taco Salad
Photo by Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Today’s recipe is from one of our local Santa Barbara favorite bloggers, Marina Delio! Marina owns a popular food blog and is the author of the book, The Yummy Mummy Kitchen. We love her dishes and photography so much, we thought you’d lettuce share them with you!

This vegetarian recipe is delicious and goes well as the main entree. The original recipe calls for romaine, but we suggest you use butter lettuce instead. Don’t forget the tortillas chips and feel free to add your favorite hot sauce on top. We’re getting hungry just thinking about this! Check out the complete list of ingredients below:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 ears corn, kernels cut off
  • 8 oz. tempeh, cubed (found next to the refrigerated soy products)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning (this is the amount of heat my family can handle, add more to your taste)
  • 8 oz. of Live Gourmet living butter lettuce
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, sliced for garnish (optional)
  • 1 bag tortilla chips
  • favorite salad dressing

For the complete preparation instructions, just click here: http://bit.ly/N63hqn.

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The Best Lettuce for Chinese Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Salad Recipe with Living Butter LettuceWhat’s the best lettuce for turkey lettuce wraps!? Live Gourmet living butter lettuce of course! Today’s recipe is based on a popular Chinese recipe! It consists of five–spice powder, which includes star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Sichuan pepper, and fennel seeds. The recipe also calls for fresh herbs and chestnuts for added taste and texture. And what makes these wraps even more great is that they only take 30 minutes to make. These Chinese turkey wraps make 4 servings and here’s what you’ll need to make them:

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• 1/2 cup(s) water
• 1/2 cup(s) instant brown rice
• 2 teaspoon(s) sesame oil
• 1 pound(s) 93%-lean ground turkey
• 1 tablespoon(s) minced fresh ginger
• 1 large red bell pepper, finely diced• 1 cup(s) water chestnuts, rinsed and chopped
• 1/2 cup(s) reduced-sodium chicken broth
• 2 tablespoon(s) hoisin sauce
• 1 teaspoon(s) five-spice powder
• 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
• 2 head(s) Living Butter Lettuce, leaves separated
• 1/2 cup(s) chopped fresh herbs,  such as cilantro, basil, mint and/or chives
• 1 large carrot, shredded

For the complete preparation instructions, just click here: http://on-msn.com/MrqbrT.

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Lettuce Recipe: Vegetarian Spicy Black Bean Burger

Lettuce Recipe for Vegetarian Spicy Black Bean Burger
This photo was taken by Katherine L. Garcia

Today’s recipe is a Live Gourmet original. The Spicy Black Bean Lettuce-Wrapped Burger is perfect for grilling outside on a bright summer day and is very spicy. Instead of the regular burger buns, we will be using Living Butter Lettuce. Start the grill and lettuce spice up your mouth!

This recipe will make one serving:

1. Follow the instructions for the MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burger provided on the box.
2. While the burgers are cooking, roast the Anaheim Pepper directly on the flame of your gas stove OR roast them on a grill outside. Roast the pepper until it is blackened in all sides.
3. Peel the charred skin from the Anaheim Pepper. If you want your burger to be spicy, don’t seed it and cut it horizontally, in small rings. If you don’t want your burger to be too spicy, then cut the pepper vertically, seed the pepper, then cut it into small strips.

Setting up your Spicy Black Bean Lettuce-Wrapped Burger
4. Place two leaves of Butter Lettuce on your plate. Then place the burger, following the mayonnaise, mustard, tomato, and avocado. After, add the Anaheim Peppers and top it off with two more leaves of Living Butter Lettuce.

Thank you Katherine L. Garcia, from the Hollandia Produce Team, for the recipe! Do you have any recipes that you would like to share with us, if so visit the Live Gourmet Facebook page to share your recipe and food photo of course!

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Red Butter Lettuce and Spicy Cayenne Salad

Red Butter Lettuce and Spicy Cayenne Salad
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Today’s salad sets itself apart from the crowd with a spicy kick that you just won’t find in other salads. It features cilantro, bell peppers, and just a dash of cayenne pepper. With tomatoes, carrots, and delicious Red Butter Lettuce, it looks as hot and fiery as it tastes. The dish comes to us from Katie of Shared Bites. You can read the story of how Katie was inspired to create the salad right here.

For a list of what you’ll need to whip up a bowl of this for yourself, look no further than this:

Salad

  • 1 large head of Live Gourmet Living Red Butter Lettuce
  • 2 big carrots, shredded
  • 1 large tomato (or 3-4 little guys), diced
  • 1/2 cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 3/4 cups black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 whole avocado, diced
  • Cilantro, roughly chopped (I used 1 heaping cup of leaves loosely packed, or about 1/2 a bunch)

Dressing

  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • 2 tbs. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. seasoning salt

For the full story and the complete preparation instructions, click right here: http://bit.ly/nka7gO.

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3 in 1 Lettuce Celebrate Summer Salad with Vanilla Dressing

3 in 1 Lettuce Salad with Vanilla Dressing
pic via sheknows.com

Today’s vibrant salad, from SheKnows.com, gives a unique taste to some classic ingredients. 3 in 1 Lettuce, carrots, and zucchini are covered with what would otherwise be your every-day olive oil and lemon dressing. What sets this salad appart is a dash of vanilla extract. The vanilla serves to shake up the flavor profile of this now extraordinary salad, making it something very much worth sampling for yourself. Despite it’s unique flavor, the salad remains resolutely ordinary in its preparation time. It clocks in at just under 10 minutes to make and won’t require any backbreaking labor.

Here’s all that you’ll need to make it happen:

  • 6 handfuls of 3 in 1 Lettuce
  • 1 bunch young carrots
  • 2 zucchini
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the 3 easy preparation steps, just click here: http://bit.ly/ZTrvf8.

How do you cook with 3 in 1 lettuce in your kitchen? Lettuce know!
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Red Butter Lettuce, Asparagus and Pistachio Salad

Red Butter Lettuce Salad
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Red Butter Lettuce tastes just as good as green butter lettuce and adds flair to any salad. Today’s recipe gave us the option of using green or red butter lettuce, so of course, we went with red.

The unorthodox combination of pistachios and asparagus in this salad is sure to win over your tastebuds. A garlic-mustard dressing adds a bit of zing to the asparagus. The buttery flavor of Living Red Butter Lettuce holds everything together, making this easy-to-make salad an instant classic.

So, ready to get started? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 head of Live Gourmet Living Red Butter Lettuce
  • 1 cup of sliced asparagus
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 small garlic clove, diced
  • 1/2 tsp finely shredded lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, de-shelled
  • 6 oz perlini mozzarella balls

Click here to visit the original recipe page for more information.

What’s your favorite way to get Red Butter Lettuce in your diet?
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