As promised in my last post, I’m trying some new recipes and doing more cooking at home this week. It’s amazing how quickly one’s abs disappear after eating a few restaurant meals. Ugh – chicken wings you are so tasty but so bad for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tonight we tried Thai Chicken Patties with Cabbage Slaw. We made a few modifications to the recipe – some on purpose and some on accident. Tim is not a huge fan of purple cabbage (on account of the fact it turns freakishly blue when it gets wet), so we used all green cabbage. I got lazy/rushed at the grocery store and thought that parsley would do fine in place of cilantro (big difference!!). Tim didn’t think parsley would taste good in the dish, so I googled cilantro substitutions and found that some people use celery leaves and/or mint leaves instead, so that’s what I did (using fresh mint from the garden – yay!). I cannot find coconut aminos anywhere in the QC, so I was planning on using tamari instead. However, when I started to make the dish, I realized that we had no tamari or soy sauce. Again, I googled subs and ended up using a concoction of Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, and fish sauce instead. And, finally, we had no sriracha, so I used chile paste instead. Oh! And I was lazy and didn’t want to fry the patties, so I just sauteed the whole mess in coconut oil.
Verdict? TASTY! Tim and I really liked this dish. It has a lot of unusual flavors and is very light and fresh. I will definitely make this again, but next time I will try to get all the proper ingredients. I think this meal would taste even better with the cilantro and red cabbage. Also, as I was looking up the link to this recipe, I saw the blogger’s picture of the crispy chicken patties, and they look mouth-wateringly delicious. Next time, I do it right!
I did have to chuckle at the blogger’s comments on the recipe – she said it’s an easy, quick recipe. Before I read that, Tim and I were both commenting that the recipe seemed like a lot of work – a lot of chopping and a lot of ingredients. I guess if you don’t mind chopping, it’s an easy recipe! But, easy or not, it’s definitely worth the effort.
Tim and I did get our garden in the ground yesterday too, in case you were on the edge of your seat wondering about that. We planted a vast array of peppers, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, peas, etc. We spent about $100 between dirt, compost, plants, and seeds. Hopefully we will get something tasty out of it! I do need to find a good squirrel/chipmunk repellent. Those dirty bastards are already digging up holes all over the garden. ARGH!! I found a recipe for hot pepper tea that I’m going to make and try. I’ll let you know if it works.
Take care, and have a fantastic evening!!