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Best Ever Asian Lettuce Wraps Recipe

Prep and Cook Time: 25 minutes. Yield: Makes 8 servings

Yummy and healthy - this Asian Lettuce Wraps Recipe is super easy and makes a surprisingly quick, flavorful, and healthy weeknight meal all in one pan. What makes this recipe special is its blend of nuanced flavors and textures.


One of my favorite Chinese starters – Lettuce Wraps with pork, loads of hidden crunchy vegetables in a tasty savory brown sauce, bundled up in fresh lettuce. Delicious and bursting with flavor, Asian Lettuce Wraps are an exceptional idea for entertaining or a family-style meal.

Ingredients:

  • teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound ground or minced pork
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 16 butter lettuce leaves
  • teaspoons plum sauce
  • tablespoons chopped cilantro

 

Directions:

Step 1: In a large frying pan, heat oil over high heat and add pork. Cook pork, stirring, until starting to brown. Drain excess fat.


Step 2: Stir in green onions, allspice, ginger, garlic, and tamari. Cook until green onions are tender, about 2 minutes.


Step 3: Place 2 lettuce leaves on each plate. Spoon pork mixture into leaves. Top each with 1/2 teaspoon plum sauce and cilantro.

Deliciously Addictive Sweet and Salty Popcorn Snack Mix

Whether you are planning a popcorn bar for a home movie with your family and friends, a backyard movie for the whole neighborhood, a party, game-day, a baby shower, or even a wedding - this fantastic Party Snack Mix is truly the tastiest, easiest, and most foolproof popcorn recipe you'll ever find! A little spicy, a little salty, and a little sweet, this is perfect the go-to snack mix!

Ingredients:

  • 3 quarts popped popcorn
  • 1 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 (3.5 ounces) jar macadamia nuts, halved
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 3/4 cup butter (no substitutes)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine popcorn, nuts, and coconut. In a saucepan, combine the butter, sugars, corn syrup, coffee, and cinnamon. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil and stir for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Pour over popcorn mixture and stir until coated.
  2. Transfer to two greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans. Bake, uncovered, at 250 degrees F for 45-55 minutes or until golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread onto waxed paper; cool completely. Store in airtight containers.

This is a great recipe to make ahead of time because it keeps well when stored in an airtight container.

An Easy, Delicious, and Healthy Seafood Idea

Looking for quick and easy dinner recipes for the family? This definitely different, but a very delicious recipe is perfect for busy weeknights! An easy, healthy, very tasty sauce works perfectly with high protein scallops that the whole family will LOVE! 

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The BEST Homemade Swedish Meatballs Recipe

 

Prep Time: 40 min Cook Time: 25 min Yield: 8 servings
Whether you need an easy dinner or a yummy appetizer, these delicious Swedish meat bowls in a delicious and flavorful creamy sauce are a perfect choice! The mix of tender pork, ground turkey and spices make this meal finger-licking delicious! Therefore, get this mind-blowingly easy and delicious recipe and turn yourself into a homemade chef tonight!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons dry sherry
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 3 tablespoons lingonberry or cranberry preserves
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Chopped fresh dill, for topping
  • Fresh pickled cucumber slices, for serving

Directions

STEP 1. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, season with salt, and cook until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes; set aside.

STEP 2. Combine 1/2 cup breadcrumbs and the milk in a bowl; set aside until the milk is absorbed, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir the sherry and mustard powder in a large bowl until dissolved, then beat in 1 egg. Add the soaked breadcrumbs, the browned onion, the pork, turkey, honey, allspice, 2 teaspoons salt, and pepper to taste. Gently mix with your hands until combined.

STEP 3. Dampen your hands; form the mixture into 36 small meatballs, about 1 tablespoon each. Put on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

STEP 4. Put the remaining 1 cup breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Whisk the remaining 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons water in a bowl. Dip each meatball in egg, letting the excess drip off, then roll in the breadcrumbs; return to the baking sheet.

STEP 5. Heat about 1 1/2 inches vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 325 degrees F. Working in batches, fry the meatballs, gently stirring with a slotted spoon, until golden and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt. Let stand 10 minutes.

STEP 6. Fold the lingonberry preserves into the sour cream and top with the dill. Skewer each meatball with a pickled cucumber slice and serve with the lingonberry cream.

Cookie Box Smarty Decoration Hint

We got these amazing take home boxes, so perfect for the holidays! There are so many ways to use them, but this week we're going to show you how to decorate them as cookie gift boxes.

If you are looking for last minute gift ideas, decorated cookie boxes can make adorable gifts to give neighbors, friends and teachers. They also fit right in at a holiday cookie exchange party, where you and guests can DIY them on the spot, or you can decorate them beforehand for guests to use when taking home a sampling of delicious holiday treats. You could even personalize each box by adding a gift tag.

Decorated Cookie Gift Boxes

What you need:

First you'll want to bake up some homemade holiday treats to box up. If you're looking for a new recipe, check out our favorites from our cookie board on Pinterest! Use fun napkins to line the inside of the box and stack up your yummy cookies inside. For this cookie box, we used the Red Paper Cocktail Napkins. Once the cookies are inside, let the decorating begin! We tied up the cookie box with green and white baker's twine. I love using baker's twine because it evokes that old-fashioned bakery charm and reminds me of fresh-baked goods. Wrap the twine around the box a few times and tie it tightly on top. Now comes the part that will take you back to your childhood...paper snowflakes! If you're like us, you've forgotten how to make those classic paper snowflake cutouts so here's the tutorial we used to refresh memory. If you want to make smaller snowflakes, after you make your 8.5 x 11 paper into a square, cut it into four smaller squares and follow the same steps. When your snowflakes are complete, cut a long piece of ribbon. Lay a paper snowflake on top of the box and tie the ribbon in a bow to keep the snowflake in place. Your decorated cookie gift box is complete!

Happy holiday crafting and gifting! Share your own DIYs with us on Facebook and Twitter. We love to hear all about your Smartiness! Much Party Love, Smarties!