A veggie-centric dinner

Thankfully I was in a veggie mood last night, because there was allllllllllllllll shades of green on the menu.

Main course - Buffalo chicken wraps
Ingredients - lettuce, chicken, buffalo wing sauce (store bought or homemade), dressing of your choice (homemade ranch would be lovely in this!), and whole wheat tortillas.

Marinate chicken breasts in wing sauce for 8 hours.  Grill and slice.  Place a nice handful of lettuce on the tortilla, top with sliced grilled chicken, and drizzle with dressing.  Omit tortilla and serve as a salad if you don't eat grains/gluten.

Side - Sesame Cucumbers
Ingredients - sesame oil (DUH), 2 cukes, rice wine vinegar, salt, red pepper flakes, and sesame seeds.

Peel the cucumbers. Cut them into quarters, lengthwise. (If the seeds are bitter, scrape out the seeds and discard.) Cut the cucumbers again, crosswise, into 1/2-inch thick pieces.

Place cucumbers into a serving bowl. Sprinkle with salt. Toss with sesame oil, seasoned rice vinegar, sesame seeds and chili flakes.

OTHER side - Grilled Artichokes with aioli. 
(You're not scared of artichokes are you?  They're super simple to cook and so delicious!)

Ingredients - Artichokes, mayo, minced garlic, dill, salt, pepper, and chives.

Cut off the stem of the 'choke if it is longer than about 1 inch.  Place in a steamer basket and with water in the pot, steam for about 30 minutes or until the outside bottom (near the stem) leaves peel off easily.  Putting them in a rice cooker with the steamer insert takes the guess work out of figuring out if they're done.

While steaming the chokes, mix 1/3 cup of mayo, 1 tsp of minced garlic, 1/2 tsp of dill and chives, 1/8 tsp of pepper and salt.  Mix well and store in the fridge until you're ready to serve it.  If you make this at least 15 minutes before serving, it allows time for the flavors to develop.

Then for dessert you need to eat 3 s'mores and then wonder why your pants are getting tighter these days celery and peanut butter.

We're "almost" done with the house remodel, and I'll be posting photos soon*!

*Soon is a relative term and is contingent upon ever finally getting moved and/or a little bit of quality.  It should not be used in any legally binding terminology.

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