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Ah, how I long for the days when my biggest nutritional dilemma was whether to get the Double Chocolate Crunch Drumstick or Vanilla Caramel Crunch Drumstick for dessert. Just today Jay took Sabrina (10) and I out for lunch, a special treat for us. And, as I was watching Sabrina slurp the last few bubbles of her 3rd glass of Cola, in between amorous bites of her grilled cheese, I was reminded of the time in my own life when these ceased to become meal options. You see, I never had a 'quick' metabolism to begin with, and by the time I was a tween I was well on my way to grasping the food pyramid and basic nutrition. Somewhere around the time my father began taking prescriptions for high cholesterol all the 'fun' foods slowly began disappearing from our household cupboards. The word 'diet' was said in hushed tones, my ears ringing with fear the entire way. Whether the goal is weight loss, or general health maintenance, there becomes a time in all our lives when we must began juggling indulgence with practicality.
For any good 'wrap' base, I'm sure to pre-cook the additional ingredients for 3-5 minutes in the pan prior to adding my minced chicken and desired seasonings. Because the chicken is pre-cooked the goal is to effectively combine the flavors through low heat, not cook the mixture again. About 2lbs of cooked, minced, chicken breast, 3/4 cup minced mushrooms, 1 minced sweet onion, and 1 container of Citizen Chef Pan Asian Orange simmer sauce will make several days worth of wrap filling for us. For added texture, and a little extra sweet, I decided to add the candied walnuts in this round, though it is not necessary for taste. Once combined, the wrap filling can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days, or frozen and thawed for later use. While Jay prefers his wraps warm, I like to scoop my Pan Asian Orange Chicken Filling into a fresh flat-bread tortilla with some fresh greens, and eat it ice cold. It's quite the refreshing lunch during the warmer months and can easily be packed for away meals and to-go-sacks.
While it's not the prettiest meal, these Pan Asian Orange Chicken Wraps are full of flavor and texture (especially with the crisp of your favorite greens), and saves a heap of time when the filling is prepared in advance. I have the terrible habit of eating the chicken filling out of the bowl with a spoon- but I also love that I can choose to wrap it in greens alone, or with my favorite whole grain bread. Getting Sabrina (10) to eat protein by choice can often be a battle, so having flavorful dishes like this, where she can 'create' her own wrap also help get younger family members excited about mealtime. And, with the flavor ready to pour in a Citizen Chef tub, you can't beat the fresh food and easy preparation! Citizen Chef sauces are amazingly versatile and full of culinary inspiration; look for them in the refrigerated sauce aisle of your local grocer today. Then, head online and check out all of the meal ideas and recipes, for a simple meal your family won't soon forget!
What Daughter Says: Encourage healthy eating with simple to prepare, flavorful meals inspired by Citizen Chef sauces.
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