I am trying to approach this with a reasonable and fair outlook; January is the worst month.
Do you feel like you need some more concrete evidence before you can take my word for it? OK - January is notorious for having the highest number of relationship break ups of the entire year. Bad news or what?
If, like myself, you are currently struggling through the tail end of your New Years Resolutions (“I will go to the gym every day. I promise to only eat food that is green or made from cauliflower”), we have come up with a fresh and healthy lunchtime recipe to help you stick it out. This lunch is so delicious you really wont miss that boring old sarnie. Plus it is loaded with lovely fruit and veg, so will provide you with vitamins and minerals that your body needs to stay healthy and motivated.
Asian Chicken Salad Samosas
You will be surprised at how filling these little wraps are! Daikon is a type of Japanese radish. It has a mild flavour and lovely crunchy texture, but if you can't get this then raw courgette makes a good substitute. The sharp lime juice really cuts through the sweet hoisin sauce, and makes each wrap a well balanced mouthful.
This recipe is enough for 16 + wraps, and will taste best if eaten as fresh as possible
For The Chicken
- 200g cooked chicken shredded
- 3 tbsp hoisin sauce
- ½ tsp light soy sauce
- 2-3 spring onions, sliced fine
- Juice of half a lime
- Chopped fresh chilli, to taste
For the Wraps
- 1 daikon radish or large courgette
- 1 carrot, very fine julienne or grated
- handful of beansprouts
- 16 sprigs of fresh coriander
- 16 mint leaves, chopped
For the Dipping Sauce
- Sweet Chilli Sauce
- ½ a lime, juice and zest
- Mix together all the ingredients for the hoisin chicken in a small bowl and set to one side
- Using a vegetable peeler, slice 8 thin long strips of radish/courgette
- Taking one slice of radish at a time, add a nice selection of the chicken, vegetables and herbs to one side and roll up!
- I find the best way is to fold them like your making a mini samosa, so they end up in a triangle shape. This stops any of the filling escaping. For tips on how to fold a samosa, head here.
- If you prefer to roll them up like a cannelloni, a good tip is to stick a toothpick through each one to make sure they don't all fall to pieces in your lunch box.
- Make a sweet and sour dipping sauce by mixing the sweet chilli, lime juice and zest together
And its as easy as that! These wraps are incredibly easy to adapt to what you fancy. If you have some beef or pork left over, you can use that instead of chicken. And any fresh, crunchy veggies will work; how about sugar snap peas and peppers?
Cheeky short cut alert! This also works well as a salad if you don't have time to make the wraps
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