The month of March is National Peanut Month! Lucky for us, March also coincides with National Nutrition Month. Texas Peanut Producers is happy to welcome guest blogger, Makenzie, of Ken’s Kitchn to our blog this month to help us celebrate peanuts and all of their health benefits! Stop by every Tuesday this month for nutritional recipes featuring our favorite nut! Read more about Makenzie, registered dietician, nutritionist and food blogger, and find more delicious recipes at kenskitchn.com.
As a diabetes educator, carbohydrates are the center of my teaching. They create an increase in blood glucose levels but are also the necessary fuel for our bodies. This is why I stress moderation. It’s very important, not just in diabetes management, but in life.
Many times I’ve sat back while others converse about the latest diet trend they are trying, ketogenic, paleo, etc. But we shouldn’t be restricting ourselves, we should be enjoying what we eat but also paying attention to what we use to nourish our bodies. As the Socrates saying goes “eat to live, not live to eat.” I know what you’re thinking, how could I be saying this? I’m a food blogger, don’t I enjoy eating? Of course I do. But I also know how important a balanced, nutrient rich diet is.
This is where these delicious Thai chicken wraps come into play. Swapping out a tortilla with lettuce… nutritious and delicious. If you’re trying to watch your carbohydrate intake, like many of my patients, this recipe is one you may want to give a try. No, it’s not carb free, but it doesn’t need to be. (remember: everything in moderation)
A tip I will give to those reading who may currently be self-monitoring their blood glucose or managing diabetes, protein goes a long way in improving your blood glucose levels. Anytime you plan on consuming a carbohydrate, pair it with a protein. The protein improves your glycemic control by creating a steadier rise in blood glucose. You know what has protein? PEANUTS!!!! Add them to a salad, oatmeal, or smoothie. Spread the nut butter on crackers, fruit, or toast. You’re going to notice a difference in your blood glucose levels.
Thai Lettuce Wraps in a Peanut Sauce
Makes: 6 wraps Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, 1 inch cubes
- 1 head of green leaf lettuce
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tbsp ginger, minced
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/2 cup rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp light brown sugar
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp chili flakes
- chopped peanuts for topping
- cilantro for topping
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add chicken to skillet and cook 3-4 minutes on each side, or until it begins to brown and is cooked through. When done, set aside.
- While chicken is cooking, in a medium sauce pan, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over high heat. Sauté garlic and ginger until the garlic begins to toast up.
- In a mixing bowl, combine coconut milk, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, peanut butter, and chili flakes. Whisk continue until one uniform mixture.
- Pour peanut sauce mixture in saucepan with garlic. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 3-5 minutes.
- Add chicken to peanut sauce and allow mixture to come to a simmer again. Once simmering, remove from heat.
- Serve chicken on lettuce leafs. Top each wrap with chopped peanuts and cilantro.