Paleo Basil Chicken and Egg Lettuce Wraps Recipe
I will be the first to admit when I create recipes, practices such as low-fat, sugar-free, low-carb, or even gluten-free are not the first instinctive methods I lean towards. That’s not to say I am against living a healthy lifestyle—in fact, that’s far from it. But I do recognize that a strict regimen, quite frankly, takes me a lot of time and planning. I have met a bunch of folks who are quite skilled at it and it becomes their second nature. But for me, I tend to strive towards a practice of balance so I can enjoy a little decadence from time to time.
For example, if I have a bacon cheeseburger for dinner today, I will have a salad for lunch tomorrow. For someone like me, this method is much more manageable, even if it’s not nutritionally “perfect�?.
Weather also has a big influence on what I eat. When the sun is shining and it is warm out, I won’t crank up the oven to braise short ribs to serve over polenta. Instead, I’ll nibble on something light and load up on seasonal produce.
With spring in full swing and summer quickly approaching, I’ve been craving bright and fresh dishes and this spin on lettuce wraps fits that bill to the T. It combines ground chicken with aromatics and herbs such as garlic, shallots, and the floral flavors of Thai basil leaves.
And here’s the kicker…my paleo basil chicken and eggs lettuce wraps are paleo! Oh yes—you read correctly—paleo! As in, the paleolithic diet also known as the “caveman diet�? where one would consume food as our prehistoric ancestors did. Those who abide by a paleo diet, eat lean meats, eggs, vegetables, and healthy fats. Processed foods, dairy, grains, and refined sugars are a definite no-no.
For a cheese-loving, carbolicious gal such as myself, a paleo lifestyle could sound quite intimidating. But not when paleo eating is as delicious and fulfilling as these lettuce wraps. It even has fish sauce as an integral ingredient. And for those of you that may be wondering—yes, there are fish sauces out there that are paleo but read the labels as not all of the varieties out on the market today are. If you’re going the paleo route, you’ll want to be sure to find a bottle that only has three ingredients in it—fish, salt, and water.
With the addition of thin omelet strips on top, this bright dish is not only healthy but high in protein. Did I mention that it could be whipped up in less than 20 minutes? Brilliant!