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Lettuce Wraps

If you’re watching your waistline this summer, then let me introduce you to the beautiful, scrumptious world of lettuce wraps. It’s pretty simple, instead of using bread for a sandwich (or wrap), forgo the carbs and use lettuce. These special wraps can be made into any crazy combination your heart (or should I say stomach) desires. The fun part is experimenting with different recipes. Lettuce wraps are perfect for light lunch or an easy appetizer.

If you are looking for something with a kick…Then try these oven-fried Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps by Sugar Dish Me. The breaded chicken mixed with quinoa, avocado, blue cheese and tomatoes are certain to keep your tummy happy long past dinner time.

If you are a die-hard bacon lover…Then make your BLT “protein style” with these BLT Lettuce Wraps by Jackie’s Happy Plate. Stuff crisp romaine leaves with applewood smoked bacon, a little mayonnaise and a few fresh tomatoes from your garden.

 

If all you really want to do is go to P.F. Chang’s and order the chicken lettuce wraps, but can’t spend the money right now…Then this Copycat P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps recipe by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen is for you. Instead of worrying about a parking spot, you can enjoy this family-favorite in the comfort of your own home. Plus it’s ready in under 30 minutes!

 

If you are looking for a vegetarian option…Then these Vegetarian Lentil Sloppy Joe Lettuce Wraps by Foxes Love Lemons are a wonderful alternative. The rich (and hardy!) lentils are so satisfying, you won’t even miss the meat.

 

 

If you looking for something on the sweeter side…Then try these Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps by The Complete Savorist. Garnished with green onions and sesame seeds, this flavorful stir-fried beef is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

 

If it’s seafood night…Then try out these Shrimp Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Dipping Sauce by Natasha’s Kitchen. With a special peanut sauce drizzled over tasty shrimp, it’s like a party in your mouth waiting to happen.

Consider serving lettuce wraps at your table this week! You’ll be surprised how fun (and easy!) they are to make.

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Mixed Berry-Pineapple Smoothie

Mixed Berry-Pineapple Smoothie

Happy New Year friends! I’m very excited to be visiting Delish Dish again today. I’m Zainab and I blog over at Blahnik Baker, where I share everyday classic desserts with seasonal updates and my love for shoes. There’s always something beautiful to make any occasion memorable (check out some of our recipes). I hope you can come visit!!

The beginning of a new year is always a great time to press reset on many facets of our lives, especially our diets. It’s time to take a look at what we are eating, how is it helping us live the life we want to live and what kind of changes we might be able to make to our current habits to make things even better.

Of course most people call these resolutions, intentions or goals. Whatever you call it, it is the perfect time to evaluate and act! Start with small changes like a great breakfast or snack smoothie. When I saw this Blueberry- Pineapple Smoothie in the archives of Better Homes & Gardens, I was excited to add some tropical flavors to my mornings.

I love smoothie recipes because they are always a guide and I can add in/ substitute my favorite fruits and greens. This basic recipe calls for blueberries but I substituted that for mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries). I also increased the amount of pineapples to ½ cup and removed the bananas. Adding some coconut milk instead of orange juice to the mix, it was a tropical bliss in one glass!  ( I won’t tell if you don’t that there is a heaping 2 cups of spinach hiding in this glass)

I hope you try this smoothie soon – everyone in your family will enjoy it!

 


Pesto Veggie Gyro

Hi! I’m Brandy from the blog Nutmeg Nanny. I’m a small town girl who left the cornfields of Ohio for the rolling hills of the Hudson Valley region of New York. My food is influenced by my small town roots as well as my many travels around the world. This means I love everything from roast chicken to kimchi.

Grilled Vegetable Gyros with Arugula Mint Pesto

Growing up we always had meat as our main dish. My father was an avid hunter so the freezer was always stocked. When I moved away to New York I started experimenting with meatless meals and found a new love in roasted and grilled vegetables. That’s why I knew when I saw the recipe for Pesto Veggie Gryro I had to give it a try! Who doesn’t love a main dish that includes directions to smother the entire thing in pesto? Hello delicious!

Grilled Vegetable Gyros with Arugula Mint Pesto

I read through the recipe and even though I liked it as is I couldn’t help but make a few changes. I love making homemade pesto and have made a few on the blog as well. My personal favorite was beet green pesto but my husband puts his vote in for my garlic scape pesto. Either one is delicious in my book! For this pesto I knew I wanted to add a little mint because I have been using it like crazy is almost every single dish I have been making. It brings such a lovely fresh flavor to almost any dish. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of mint. Fresh mint doesn’t leave a strong peppermint flavor like most things that are flavored with mint oil. I also decided to throw in a little extra arugula into the pesto because the peppery bite seemed to balance to the brightness of the mint.

Sadly I couldn’t find Halloumi cheese like in the original recipe so instead I used some salty feta. While I think the use of grilled cheese sounds lovely I was perfectly happy with the feta addition.

Grilled Vegetable Gyros with Arugula Mint Pesto

Trust me, if you’re looking for a way to add a little more vegetables to your life you have to give this recipe a try. It’s the perfect combination of smokey grilled vegetables, salty feta and flavor packed pesto. Plus I wrapped it up in a mini pita bread so it automatically gets a gold star in my book. Who doesn’t love mini food?

 


Strawberry Tiramisu

Hi everyone, I’m Jocelyn, the blogger, recipe developer and photographer at Grandbaby Cakes!  I am so honored to guest blog for BHG’s Delish Dish today!  If there was any magazine that was front and center in my home growing up, it was definitely Better Homes and Gardens.  I’ve got a great Strawberry Shortcake Tiramisu to share!


 

On Grandbaby Cakes, I love sharing unique twists on traditional recipes that have been passed down from my grandmother.  One of my Big Mama’s (grandmother) vintage recipes I simply adored indulging in was strawberry shortcake.  In fact, I celebrate my birthday each year with one.  When spring finally surfaces and gorgeous bright berries are in season, I get excited to make one of my own from scratch.


 

For this post, I knew I wanted to update this classic universally loved dessert, and when I saw this wonderful tiramisu recipe in the BHG recipe archives, I was sold.  I am the biggest fan of tiramisu.  Since my trip to Italy last year, I have tried recreating this dessert in every way possible on my blog.  From banana pudding tiramisu to even cookie dough tiramisu, I have tried it all but I knew a Spring remix was just what the doctor ordered to take this dish over the edge.  Strawberry shortcake tiramisu is perfect for Easter, spring entertaining or your last course for any Sunday dinner.


 

The original BHG version was already such a wonderful recipe so I didn’t have to make many changes to create the impact I wanted.

  • I replaced the original angel food cake with ladyfingers to provide more of a classic tiramisu taste.
  • I added two teaspoons of seedless strawberry jam and a couple drops of red food coloring to the cream cheese mixture.  It turned this super cute pink color and the jam added just the perfect hint of additional strawberry flavor I needed.

 

  • I also omitted the sour cream from the remaining whipped cream.  I wanted the whipped cream to shine when paired with the fresh strawberry slices mascerated in a couple of tablespoons of granulated sugar and lime juice.

After 12 long and patient hours, I finally had my first bite.

 

And then my second…. and third.


 

Honestly, it took a lot for me to walk away from another slice of this at 9 in the morning.  I have never had such a delightful tiramisu, and the nostalgia of my childhood came flooding back.  This dessert is a great reminder of the vintage strawberry shortcake recipe I enjoyed as a kid but with an adult flair.  I have no doubt that this dessert would become a favorite of yours as well.

 

To see the full recipe and instructions, click HERE!  Happy Baking!

 


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