Thai Chicken Patties

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!!

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