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Healthy Thai Turkey & Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

23 Apr

Hello strangers!

Ugh. It feels so good to be back. I am having blog withdrawals and I am missing all you guys like crazy. I am so sorry that I haven’t posted in forever but I am going to get on a good schedule of writing, something reasonable that I can stick to.

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What you may not know about me, is I can be slightly obsessive compulsive, Mr. Delish would probably say it’s a lot more than “slightly,” but whatever.

Obsessive compulsiveness can be great when it comes to keeping the house clean or keeping your paperwork organized at work. On the other hand, it can get in the way of getting things done. Did you know that a lot of people that are considered “hoarders” are actually OCD? You might think, that makes no sense, wouldn’t they be super clean and organized if that was the case? Not always. For people with severe OCD, in their mind, everything has to be perfect, so if something gets out of hand, it is almost mentally impossible for them to know where to fix it. They would rather have a huge mess then get halfway between a mess and organization. Sounds crazy, but it’s true! This is the psych student in me coming out.

Despite what it is starting to sound like, this is not my round about way of telling you I’m a hoarder. What I am leading up to is explaining my craziness when it comes to blogging. Ultimately, I would love to post every weekday. Unfortunately, it would be incredibly unreasonable to expect myself to blog every day, considering I work full time, have housework and cooking to do and have a family and friends to keep up with, just like every other human being on this planet. However, what happens, is because I desire to post more often than I really have time to, I just end up not posting at all. It’s almost an all or nothing mindset, which is, quite obviously, very silly.

I need to just accept that 1 or 2 posts a week on this blog, and one post on Hello Giggles  is a reasonable expectation of myself. Then just stick to that. If I manage to get an extra post done, then great, that would be a bonus.

Whew. With that long winded explanation out of the way (I apologize) I am going to get on with the straight goods of this post. Turkey lettuce wraps. NOM.

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I am a huge fan of lettuce wraps, I tend to order them immediately if I see them on a menu. For any of you BC’ers out there, my favorite are the ones from Cactus Club, you know what I’m talking about. Unfortunately, the chicken in those ones is deep fried, which is not the greatest if you think you are ordering something healthy.

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I did, however, order chicken lettuce wraps from a Thai restaurant recently and OHMYGOD they were good. They were very basic, but full of flavor and after eating them I just had to recreate them at home. I added quinoa for some added protein and fiber as well as to make these a little more substantial.

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Thanks for sticking with me while I have been MIA, I promise I will post regularly from now on. The recipe for these yummy lettuce wraps is posted below as always!

Enjoy!

 

Healthy Turkey & Quinoa Lettuce Wraps:

Serves 4-6 (depending on how hungry you are!)

Total time: 15 minutes

Total time where you’re actually doing things: 15 minutes

What you need:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 small white onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Half of each red, orange and yellow pepper (or you can just use whatever color you have on hand, I just wanted to make it colorful) diced
  • 1 lb. ground white meat turkey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp. chili garlic sauce (from your Asian grocer or Sriracha)
  • 1 tbsp. hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • Lettuce leaves of your choice (I used butter lettuce)
  • Toppings such as: Avocado, tomatoes, thinly sliced carrot/radish/cucumber etc, nuts, chow mien noodles, bean sprouts, cilantro, chives, green onion. Plus whatever you think would taste good!

What to do:

In a large pan, heat one tablespoon of the olive oil over medium high heat, add the minced onion and cook for a minute to get it started, then add the garlic and sauté for another 2-3 minutes until softened. Add the diced peppers and continue to cook for 3 minutes or so. Remove to a bowl and set aside for a moment. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the same pan, and then add the turkey meat. Cook for 6-7 minutes or until cooked through, breaking up into small pieces as it cooks.

Once cooked, add the sautéed veggies back to the pan and stir to combine. Add the soy sauce, chili garlic sauce, hoisin and Thai sweet chili sauce and stir again to thoroughly coat with the sauce. Bring to a simmer to let the flavor absorb into the meat, and then you’re all done.

Serve with the quinoa, lettuce leaves and other toppings.

Enjoy!

The hap’s around the Delish household

13 Mar

Hey Guys!

Ahhh I’ve missed you guys so much! I’ve been so MIA it’s not even funny. I think this is the longest I have ever went without posting something (other than my posts on HelloGiggles.)

I really have no excuse to why I have been gone for so long, it’s not like anything specific happened, or that I was too busy. As you may have read in a previous blog post (almost a year and a half ago, holy smokes) we moved into my parents house to save up to buy our own home. It was awesome that my Mom and Dad put up with us this whole time and we really were able to get our life together and put away money for our own home.

As of the New Year, we were looking around at houses to buy and were really excited at the prospect of owning our own place. Just as life can be, we got thrown a bit of a curve ball and right now it would not be a smart idea for us to buy a place. Hopefully I will be able to talk about this more with you another day, but I can’t do that right now. Don’t worry it’s nothing bad and no I’m not pregnant or anything crazy like that! Ha.

So this all being said, we decided even if we would not be buying a home at the time being, it was still the right time to get moved out and on our own again. So for now, we are moving out and renting a really nice place that we will be moving into April 1st! We’re going to be buying new furniture and I’m hoping to do some fun DIY projects and decorating that I will share with you guys. I think it will be really fun and different to put another aspect of life onto the blog. This also means I will be cooking most nights, which I have not been doing since we have been living with my Mom who is awesome and does the majority of the cooking. Great for my laziness, not so much for content on the blog though.

I am really excited to be re-inspired and try out some new and delicious recipes to share with you all. I will be pinning lots of new recipes as well as home decor/furniture that catches my eye! If you want to check out what I am pinning, you can follow me here.

Also, please hit me up on Facebook or Twitter if you have recipe ideas or any other ideas for a post you would like to see on Miss Delish.

Thank you guys for being so great and continuing to read here, even when I am a major slacker.

Sad Dog Diary

19 Jun

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“You haven’t  petted me in  at least 13 seconds now, and yes I am counting. I will surely die of lack of human touch”

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“so far, I have only been on two walks today and played fetch for 45 minutes, this must be what Sarah McLachlan is singing about in those SPCA commercials”

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“you didn’t add any cheese to my scrambled eggs this morning, what fresh hell is this?”

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“I wanted my ears rubbed, not a chin scratch… sigggghhhhh”

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“it’s so bright in here, can’t someone close those curtains? Then later when I need to see outside (to bark at the neighbors cat) I will just violently tangle myself in them until they open again”

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“Great, now the cat is taunting me again…”

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“who, me? I couldn’t see myself doing anything like that…um….puurrrrrrr…”

“PS. look how cute I am with my paws crossed”

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“what a sad excuse for a dog.”

MEOW MEOW.

I found this series of photos on my camera and I immediately thought of this video! It’s funny because its true.

 

Have a lovely evening everybody!

Wynn Las Vegas – Weekend Brunch Buffet

28 May

Good morning lovelies!

I hope everyone had a great weekend, and those of you that are in the US, I hope you had an awesome Memorial day long weekend!

I promised you last week that I would get a little post together about a crazy good meal we had when we were in Vegas last weekend, so here it is! I am going to jump right into it because I have a lot to get done today.

The restaurant I am talking about is the Buffet at the Wynn. I know, I know, you’re probably thinking, ‘a buffet? really?’ of all the restaurants in Vegas it seems really odd to review a buffet. BUT I promise you that this will be the best brunch buffet you ever go to. It’s crazy!

They run a regular breakfast buffet from Monday – Friday that I believe costs somewhere around $21, which is pretty much on par with all the other hotel buffets, although I can assure you this one is better. THEN on the weekend, they run their famous brunch buffet which costs $31 (I think.) I couldn’t find the prices posted on their website so don’t hold me to that. I know it is definitely just over $30. Now I know that seems super expensive for breakfast and if you’re not a huge foodie or a big eater, you might not really get much out of it. We originally went with a couple of the other people on the trip and we were the only ones that decided to bite the bullet and go. For the others they didn’t think it was worth it for them personally, and I totally understand that. If you’re a foodie, though, you’re in for a treat.

Please excuse the iphone photos, I chose not to bring my DSLR to Vegas for a couple reasons, mainly because I didn’t want to lug it around the whole time and I was worried it might get broken/stolen/lost with all the shenanigans that seem to go on in Vegas.

I showed you a couple photos of the Wynn in my last post, but here are a couple more of the entry way into the hotel & casino.

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It was so gorgeous! There were tons of flowers everywhere and the trees were all lit up.

The buffet it self is beautiful as well, it kind of has a French garden theme, with topiaries, fruit and more flowers. The tables and chairs were really pretty as well. The atmosphere is definitely elegant yet relaxed.

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See more of the Wynn Las Vegas Brunch Buffet…

What happens in Vegas…ends up on this blog!

24 May

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful week!

I haven’t been on here in what seems like forever and I’m so glad to be back.

I sent out a little request for ideas on my Facebook page! I need recipe ideas for next week so either let me know on Facebook or comment below and I may just use on of your ideas!

I have another post to do next week as a little continuation of the Vegas trip. It’s a specific review of one of the awesome restaurants we visited while in Sin City! It was amazing and I will share it with you next week. I even have a little video to go along with it.

For today, I just wanted to drop in and tell you a little about the trip and show you some photos. Just a heads up that I fail at taking photos on vacations, I just tend to focus more on enjoying my trip than taking photos, but I tried to remember to snap some here and there.

Okay, let’s go!

Airplane drinks.

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continue reading…

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