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November 4, 2022

That's a Wrap - Biblio Bistro ends season 3 with Chicken Lettuce Wraps

For our final episode this season, we’re coming at you fast and furious with a delicious, satisfying and nutritious meal you can make in 10 minutes or less.

Dietitian Meghan

  • Ginger (Optional Ingredient)
    • Ginger has been shown to help reduce nausea and even decrease vomiting episodes (in mild cases). Unfortunately, ginger ale is not a rich source of ginger root, so your best bet is grating fresh ginger or drinking a ginger-based tea to reap the benefits.
  • Vegan Adaptation
    • Instead of the ground chicken, you could use edamame (soy beans) or tofu for a vegan version. You may want to pat down the tofu with a paper towel to remove some of the extra moisture before cooking.
  • Gluten-Free Seasoning
    • This recipe calls for low-sodium soy sauce. Generally, soy sauce contains wheat, however you can use Tamari, which is gluten-free. Another gluten-free option is liquid aminos, which is what we used.
  • Speedy & Balanced Meal
    • When time is crunched, it’s easy to reach for pre-packaged meals, but cooking this recipe takes a similar amount of time as making boxed mac & cheese or a frozen pizza. Please note, all foods can fit into a healthy eating pattern (this includes pizza & mac!), however this recipe in comparison is packed with lean protein from the ground chicken and a variety of vitamins and minerals from the lettuce, onions, and garlic. (It’s also delicious)

Chef Michael

  • Ingredient Alternatives
    • We used leeks instead of green onions, as leeks were in season. You could also use a regular onion or omit the onion and just do garlic! If using leeks, you want to avoid using the top dark green portions. Those will be too tough to chew, even after they are sauteed.
    • You could also use maple syrup or regular sugar in place of brown sugar in this dish. Michael doesn’t recommend making this swap with baking recipes however!
  • Peel Your Ginger Like a Pro
    • Ginger can be a pain to peel. However, Michael shows it doesn’t have to be! And, you don’t need a special tool--all you need is a regular spoon. Scrape the back of the spoon along the skin of the ginger and it comes right off!
  • Safe Temperature for Chicken
    • To make sure the ground chicken is fully cooked, you’ll want to make sure it is temped at a minimum of 165 deg F or until all meat is firm and separates (vs clumps). There should be no pink meat remaining.

Farmers Markets in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula

From Calumet to L’Anse there are several great farmers markets in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. Our friends at the Western U.P. Food Systems Collaborative have put together a great resource on this that gets updated regularly. Check out a full list of farmers markets here, wupfoodsystems.com/farmers-markets.

About Biblio Bistro

Biblio Bistory at Portage Lake District LibraryThe Biblio Bistro series strives to show that healthy cooking doesn’t have to be boring or laborious. Our goal is that by watching this series, participants can feel more confident and curious in the kitchen, all the while increasing fruit and veggie intake and supporting the local food system! Learn more about Biblio Bistro at pldl.org/biblio-bistro.

About Portage Health Foundation’s Food Initiative

PHF Food Initiative Logo Vert CMYKPortage Health Foundation is passionate about making a difference when it comes to food in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. PHF’s Food Initiative is two-fold. First, the food initiative aims to improve access to locally grown and healthful foods within our community. Second, it provides educational resources and tools to promote sustainable changes to eating and lifestyle habits for all. Learn more about this initiative at phfgive.org/food.