WW Friendly Thai Dinner (Ground Chicken Larb, Coconut Pineapple Cauliflower Rice, and Magic One Point Peanut Sauce)

The larb is adapted/copied from this “Cooking without Recipes” post from Bon Appetit: https://www.bonappetit.com/columns/cooking-without-recipes/article/chicken-larb-lettuce-wraps

A note to Bon Appetit if you are listening: This dish is super fantastic, but I just typed it out myself below mainly because I am so freaking sick of looking up this freeform monstrosity on my phone with dirty hands and trying to scroll through and interpret it. Recipes exist because they are good, simple structured instructions one can follow when trying to cook. We like them. Don’t do this “Cooking without Recipes” thing anymore. Thanks.

The rice is adapted from a real rice recipe I found in the Weight Watchers app and I am not sure how to credit it!

The Magic One Point Peanut Sauce is my own invention.

Serves: This whole meal is four generous servings of Thai-inspired deliciousness for about 6 SmartPoints per serving.

Ground Chicken Larb

Notes: The ground chicken has to be breast meat, eg. 98% fat free, or it will cost SmartPoints, and we can’t have that! Not all stores have ground chicken breast, I have found. It sucks. Turkey breast works too, but it doesn’t taste quite the same.

  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • A couple of limes, sliced into wedges
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped

 

  • 1/2 red onion, sliced thin
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar

 

  • 20 g of canola oil
  • 2 lb ground chicken breast.
  • Half a large bunch of scallions, or all of a small bunch of scallions, chopped
  • 2 chili peppers (I use serranos because I am a little b*tch but you could use Thai birds if you are braver than me)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha

 

  • Set the lettuce, limes and cilantro aside for later.
  • Slice the red onion thin and toss it in the rice vinegar. Cover and refrigerate until you need to use it.

  • Put the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. The recipe says until it is “shimmering,” which I find to be one of the world’s more stupid recipe instructions because oil is always shimmering. The real-world translation for “heat it until it is shimmering” is “heat it until it is hot, but not until it is smoking, and good look with that, sucker.”
  • Add the chicken breast, scallions, chili peppers and garlic.

  • Heat until chicken is fully cooked through and starting to brown.

  • Add the sauces & sugar, and mix it up real well. Cook for a few more minutes, and serve with the rice and accouterments below.

Coconut Pineapple Cauliflower Rice

Notes: This is a meal where some normally crappy Trader Joes ingredients can really shine. Specifically, Trader Joes usually has the worst riced cauliflower because it’s a bit crunchy, but that is actually best for this purpose, as it mimics the crunchy toasted rice that is usually found in larb. Also, the coconut milk. The deal with the coconut milk is that you want to use whatever portion of a can of lowfat, reduced fat, light, what have you, coconut milk that comes out to be 8 points. I have noticed that coconut milks can wildly vary in their SmartPoints. In this scenario you actually want to be aiming for the terrible cans of coconut milk (again, looking at you Trader Joes) where the fat separates from the liquid because you can pull off the fat and just use all of the liquid, it’s great.

  • 2 packages of frozen riced cauliflower
  • 8 SmartPoints worth of coconut milk, preferably light/reduced fat
  • One small can or half a full can of chunk pineapple, drained
  • Half a large bunch of scallions, or all of a small bunch of scallions, chopped
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Put the frozen riced cauliflower in a pot over medium heat. Add the scallions, coconut milk, and ginger. Heat until cauliflower is heated through and most of the liquid is absorbed/evaportated. Add the pineapple and heat for a few more minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Magic One Point Peanut Sauce

  • 2 tbsp (12 g) powdered peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 2 tsp Sriracha

Dissolve the powder in the water, add the Sriracha, and mix it up good. Boom. One point deliciousness.

Other Accoutrements:

  • Peanut sauce from above
  • Pickled red onions from above
  • Lime wedges
  • Fresh cilantro
  • The butter lettuce, leaves peeled off whole and laid gently upon a plate

 

To serve, put the rice and the larb on a plate. My wife likes to mix it all up, I do not.  Assemble wraps in the lettuce leaves with the larb filling, rice, onions, cilantro, a drizzle of peanut sauce and a squeeze of lime. So good.

Larb Servings 4
Ground chicken breast 0 points
20 g canola oil 6 points
Onion/Garlic/Chiles 0 points
Soy, fish & Sriracha sauces 1 point
2 tbsp brown sugar 6 points
Lettuce, lime and cilantro 0 points
Per serving 3 points

 

Rice Servings 4
Riced cauliflower 0 points
Coconut milk 8 points
Onion 0 points
Ginger 0 points
Per serving 2 points

 

 

 

 

 

Peanut Sauce Servings 1
12 g peanut powder 1 points
water 0 points
Sriracha 0 points
Per serving 1 point

 

 

 

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