The Cheesecake Factory.  Oh the memories I have from there.  Without a doubt my favorite restaurant pre-clean eating.  My husband and I made it our mission to go to The Cheesecake Factory whenever we traveled - we racked up quite an impressive list!  While it’s been years since I’ve been there I still can’t help but miss my favorite dishes.  Potstickers, Spicy Cashew Chicken, Crispy Beef and Thai Lettuce Wraps - YUM YUM!  Now don’t think just because you eat clean that you still can’t have your favorite dishes.  I love taking my restaurant meals and making them clean - not only do I get to eat yummy food but I have  the satisfaction of knowing that it’s clean and I made it myself!!!  My favorite Cheesecake Factory meal is Thai Lettuce Wraps - here is my cleaned up version.

Ingredients:

  • 6 medium to large butter lettuce leaves (also know as boston bib or just bib lettuce)
  • 8 oz skinless chicken breast
  • 1 large carrot, julienned
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup brown rice noodles
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp peanuts, crushed
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • sea salt
  • 3 tbsp savory peanut sauce (recipe here)

Preparation:

  1. In a small bowl mix together rice vinegar, honey and a pinch of sea salt.  Add cucumber and red onion.  Place in refrigerator for about 1 hour.
  2. Brush 1 tbsp of savory peanut sauce on chicken breast.  Grill chicken breast until thoroughly cooked.  Cut grilled chicken into 1/4 inch slices, place in a small bowl and sprinkle with crushed peanuts.
  3. Fill a medium sauce pan about halfway with water.  Bring to a boil and add brown rice noodles.  Cook about 2 minutes.  Drain water and place rice noodles in a small bowl.
  4. Remove the hard stems from the butter lettuce and place on a large platter.  Place carrots and bean sprouts in small dishes and add to platter.  Remove cucumber mixture from refrigerator and position on platter.  Next add both the chicken and noodles to the platter.
  5. If you made your peanut sauce beforehand and it’s refrigerated you’ll want to warm it up a little.  Place in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds.  Add sauce dish to the platter.
  6. To serve your lettuce wraps, use one lettuce leaf and fill with carrots, bean sprouts, cucumber mixture, noodles, chicken and top with peanut sauce.  ENJOY

Nutritional Info for clean version:

Makes 2 servings.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 295, Cal. from Fat: 109, Total Fat: 12g, Sat. Fat: 1g, Carbs: 12g, Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 6.5g, Protein: 34g, Sodium: 275mg, Chol: 65mg

Nutritional Info for original version:

Nutrients:  Calories: 1,536 , Total Fat: 6g, Sat. Fat: 5g, Carbs: 114g, Protein: 96g, Sodium: 2,346mg

Original Version

Notes:

Most people would think that they are choosing a healthy meal when selecting lettuce wraps but as you can see from the nutritional info they couldn’t be more off.  With a whopping 1,536 calories you’ve eaten a days worth of calories in one meal!  I won’t even talk about the massive amount of sodium and protein!

The clean version of these wraps make an excellent dish to serve at a potluck or special event.  They make a beautiful presentation and everyone can serve themselves with ease!

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  3. trude wofford says:

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