Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Hunt for Basil

Sunday evening Bradley and I went to the grocery store to get the necessary supplies to try my new recipes for the week. The key ingredient in all my recipes is Basil. Unfortunately, Kroger was out of basil. I talked to the produce man and he told me to have no fear a shipment full of basil was coming on Tuesday. Perfect! Tuesday is the day I most needed basil.

Tuesday rolls around and right before dinner time I run to Kroger to pick up my basil. And...NO BASIL! I run to the nearest produce man and ask him to check the back for my shipment of basil. No basil. A shipment should come on Thursday he says. Well, I am bound and determined to make my Asian Lettuce Wraps (yes, that's the recipe for today) so I run to Food City to find some Basil.

First, let me say, I am a loyal Kroger shopper, loyal not only to the grocery store in general but also my specific location. I know where to go to find all my goodies. But I couldn't help but think as I pulled into the big spacious parking lot of Food City...should I start shopping here?The rows are slanted for easy parking, you can drive down both sides, and it is obviously not as populated as my crowded Kroger. But, one thing that I have never liked about Food City are the carts, they are just weird looking. You know what I am talking about. They are the high ones and you slide them up on the cashier's side. I really like being able to put my food on the conveyor belt myself so I can organize by fruits, veggies, frozen foods, cans, etc this helps the bagging process (That is the most type A thing I do). Anyway, Food City I'm sure is great...I'm just not ready to make the switch.

So I run to the produce section (run might be a little over dramatic, but hey! it's my story) and they have one tiny, measly package of Basil.
I mean come on people! I need a LOT of Basil! But this one tiny package will have to hold me over until the glorious Thursday shipment of basil. To make me feel better I bought this beautiful bouquet of daisies.
And yes, it did make me feel so much better! So pretty!
So I get home and I am ready to attempt my Asian lettuce wraps! I pull up the recipe...and, I kid you not, it does NOT call for basil. Uuuuuggggghhhh.

But what it does call for is 3 tablespoons of chopped red onion and this weird ginger root thing. I was a bit skeptical...
That is, until I peeled it and it smells glorious! I should have gotten a whole pound and made ginger Asian wraps...or just served ginger for dinner...mmm so good. But the recipe only called for 2 tablespoons.

So what you do is put about a tablespoon of oil in a skillet, saute the onions for about 2 minutes. Add the Ginger and 2 Tablespoons of minced garlic. I love love love using garlic from a jar! I know some people are cringing...but I don't care it makes my life so much easier.
After you saute all that for about a minute add your pound of lean beef or turkey. (Next time I make this I'm going to try minced you know how to mince a chicken?)

Then add 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of this stuff! LOVE IT!
Cook your meat until brown and add a cup of chopped cilantro. Cook for about a minute more and serve!
Lettuce Wraps like P.F. Changs! I'm telling you the picture doesn't do it is good!
Yum! *The chopsticks are completely have to use your hands...I don't think it's even possible to use chopsticks.
Add chopped peanuts...delish!
I am very excited about this recipe and I definitely am going to use it again!

Bradley and I topped off the night with a run to McDonald's for an ice cream cone and I got back home just in time for The Biggest Loser...Not a bad evening! How was yours?

Asian Lettuce Wraps

1 T vegetable oil
3 T shopped red onion
2 T minced garlic
2 T grated ginger root
1 lb of turkey or lean beaf
4 T soy sauce
2 T of Chili Garlic Sauce
1 cup fresh chopped cilantro
1/3 cup chopped peanuts
1 head of iceberg lettuce

Saute onion in oil for about 2 minutes. Add garlic and ginger and saute for about a minute. Add meat, soy sauce and chili garlic sauce. While the meat browns chop cilantro and wash lettuce. Once your meat is cooked add your cilantro and cook 1-2 minutes more. Serve meat with the lettuce as a wrap.

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE YOU! You are hilarious! I'm so glad you found the basil even though you didn't need it. :) We'll have to make these when I come visit you. Mmmmmm...yummy!