Posted on | April 23, 2009 | 19 Comments |
I don’t have much to say today. I’ve been blogging daily for the past 5 days, which is a lot for someone who’s been doing just 4 posts per month since February. So I’ll just jump right into the day’s tally and the recipe.
It was a really cheap day at $7.20, as the lunch was from yesterday’s left-overs. This brings our weekly total to $40.04, which means we have $20 leftover for tomorrow. I can finally afford a latte!
Spicy Chicken and Lettuce Wraps with Garlic Yogurt Dressing
This is one of the easiest dinner options out there, and costs only 75 cents per wrap, two wraps per person is a generous portion. A good cost cutting tip when buying chicken is to buy bone-in chicken, cut out the meat and save the bones for a chicken curry or soup. I found some cheap chicken legs on sale for $1.29/lb. Most of the thigh meat went into this wrap, and the bones and the leg meat went into a delicious chicken curry, the recipe of which is coming soon.
- Whole Wheat Tortillas – 4
- Boneless Chicken thighs – 1/2 lb
- Tomato paste – 1 tbsp
- Green leaf lettuce – 4 leaves
- Onions, sliced – 1/2 cup
- Pepper powder – 1 tbsp
- Oil – 1 tbsp
- Salt and pepper to taste
- For the dressing
- Yogurt -3 tbsp
- Crushed red chili flakes – 1 tsp
- Juice from 1/2 a lime
- Garlic – 2 cloves
- Salt to taste
Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Marinate with salt and pepper powder and keep aside for 30 minutes.
To make the sauce, cut the garlic into thin pieces, place it in a small bowl and crush with the back of a wooden spoon. Add some salt and red chili flakes and mix well. Add the yogurt and lime juice and whip well to combine. Keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes to let the flavors mix well.
Heat some oil in a pan and add the sliced onions. Season well with salt and pepper. Sauté the onions till the raw smell disappears but still crunchy. Remove and keep aside.
Add a bit more oil and add the marinated chicken pieces. Stir-fry on high heat till the chicken changes color. Add the tomato paste and mix well. Stir fry for 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup of water, cover and cook till most of the gravy is dry. Uncover and saute till the chicken pieces are dry and browned.
Warm the tortillas.
To assemble, place a piece of lettuce on a warm tortilla, arrange the chicken and sautéed onions i the middle of the lettuce and spoon some of the yogurt dressing over. Fold the tortilla into form a wrap, and enjoy!
South Beach Diet Tip - This of course is a SBD friendly dinner for phase 2 & 3. For Phase 1, skip the tortilla and add couple more lettuce leaves and enjoy it as a lettuce wrap.
For more information about Hunger Action Week and for the Thursday Hunger Challenge round-up, check out the UWKC blog http://uwkc.wordpress.com/2009/04/24/thursday-blog-round-up/
You might also want to check-out the other Hunger Challenge participant blogs:
- 1 Family Friendly Food
- All You Can Eat
- Big City Hippie
- Cook & Eat
- Eat All About It
- Eric Rivera’s Cooking Blog
- Favorite Freezer Foods
- Fishes + Loaves
- Food Dynamics
- Julie Jams
- Mirch Masala
- Musings on the Path to Frugality
- Savory Sweet Life
- Seattle Metblogs
- Self Rising Flour
- The Curious Domestic
- The Gastro Gnome
- What’s For Dinner