I've been actively cutting down on carbs lately because traditionally many of my meals have been carb-based, leaving out other important foods like vegetables and protein. Over the last few years I've been pretty good about eating protein and vegetables for dinner. Not so much for my other meals. I did a sugar-free challenge a little while back (which included no dairy - no cheese! - making it extremely hard for me) and lost almost 10 pounds in 5 days. It was incredible! And opened me up to a great number of new foods and ways to eat.
My favorite thing to eat as a result of my sugar-free challenge is the lettuce wrap. I scoffed at lettuce wraps pretty much since I learned that they were a thing. I grew up being bribed to eat ice burg lettuce which is pretty much the worst thing ever (can't decide if it's above or below lima beans), so building an entire sandwich that would otherwise be delicious around lettuce sounded awful to me. It turns out romaine lettuce is not only a thing, it's actually pretty good, so I decided to give lettuce wraps a try for this challenge. Now I bring them to work almost every day with me for lunch. And bonus - they're gluten free! If you're in need of that.
I was doing the simple deli turkey and hummus wrap, which I still really enjoy. Then I stumbled upon the idea of putting chicken salad (or tuna salad or egg salad) on a piece of lettuce and making a sandwich out of that. The recipe for this chicken salad is my own design. Here you go:
- 1 can of chunked chicken (or equivalent size of cooked and chunked chicken)
- a small handful of thinly sliced fresh celery
- mayonnaise (use as much or as little as you want)
- a small handful of golden raisins
- a small handful of walnut baking pieces
- a dab of mustard of your choice
Stir, stir, stir, et voila. You could, of course, put this on bread, or in a pita pocket, or simply eat it with a fork. I think I both wrapped dollops in lettuce and ate it plain with a fork. It was delicious! The celery and walnuts gave it a nice bit of crunch and the raisins sweetened things up for my sweet tooth. (Yes, raisins have sugar. So if you're doing a no sugar challenge, cut out the raisins.)
I have used variations of this combination in the past, but this one here I think is the winner. It's too bad I used up the rest of many of these ingredients while making this. I want to eat it again now. I guess it's time to make a shopping list and send Greg back to the store.