Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Clean Eating Mexican Chicken Lettuce Wraps

So...clean eating can suck.  I plan to make it so much better with realistic and delicious recipes.  They will also be designed to give you leftovers. All busy crossfitters know that time to make meals is limited--so leftovers are key! As long as you eat them.  I have a terrible habit of finding things weeks later.  Leftovers are something we will discuss in a later blog...I have a whole theory.

So, let’s talk about the crock pot.  I love the crock pot.  You can throw stuff in it the night before, plug it in, in the morning and BAMMMMM dinner when you get home from work.  Chicken in the crockpot is always awesome because it absolutely falls apart. People are like "This is amazing" and you are all like "I didn't have to do nothing!"  Well, if you talk like me that's how you would talk anyways.

So for this recipe you will need:

1. 3 Chicken Breasts (I buy the Tyson 3 pack, kind of expensive but like I said the chicken can be repeated and reused several times).
2. 1 Guacamole Packet (Mild or Spicy)
3. 1 Taco Packet (Mild or Spicy based on your preference)
4. One head Bib Lettuce
5. One tomato
6. One small yellow onion
7. One head cilantro
8. 1/2 cup cold water
9. Avocado (optional)


Directions:

1. Place the 3 chicken breasts in the bottom of the crockpot.
2. Take 1/2 cup of water and mix in Guacamole packet and taco packet (It will be all chunky, that's okay it melts and dissolves once in the crockpot).
3. Pour mixture overtop of the chicken.
4. Let chicken cook on low for 6-8 hours. (I put in at 7am and it's done at 4:30pm when I get home)
5. Remove lid and turn crock pot off.  Use tongs to shred the chicken and mix in with the juices created by the taco and guacamole packet. It should look like this when it's done!!

6.  Let the chicken cool to room temperature.
7. While the chicken is cooling cut the tomato and onion julienne so it would fit nicely in a lettuce wrap.
Add cilantro to the mix and it will look like this:
8. Remove as many pieces of lettuce as you would like to make wraps. Wash and dry them thoroughly.
9. If you plan to add avocado you can make guacamole with a separate packet or you can dice the avocado.
10.  Lastly, add as much chicken as you would like to the wrap.  Add tomatoes, onions, and cilantro (and avocado) on top.    When eating wrap them up snuggly so you can take a bite.

They come out phenomenal!!

However, don't make for a first date.  They are so super messy.  Don't even make for a second date. Seriously, it's not flattering.

The chicken is very versatile so you can use it the next day in the same way or in a different way.  I didn't use the avocado for the first dinner, but plan to use it for the second time I eat it.  I also like the idea of mixing the chicken with tofu noodles, peppers, and onions like a Mexican stir fry.