I’ve been on this super keen health kick for about a month now. Not only is it focusing on the food that I consume, it’s also focusing on spending a bit more time on relaxing and myself.
Summer is such a great time to do this, especially in Winnipeg, because the city really comes to life during July and August. Farmers markets, patios, and beaches galore. I don’t know if it’s the sun’s Vitamin D, but I can’t help but be in a great mood when I step outside and soak it all in.
I was super excited when Ford was gracious enough to hook me up with a 2017 Ford Escape Titanium to help me unwind for the week with an urban getaway. I’m a loyal Ford driver, and own a 2011 Ford Escape which I love. However, there is nothing like new car smell to get you in the mood for some driving. I spent the better part of the weekend driving to local farmers markets gathering ingredients for this delicious recipe I’m featuring right now. I also took a drive to some wonderful attractions in the city that makes me feel like I’m on a relaxing retreat.
One of my favourite places in the city is the new(ish) nordik spa, Thermea.
It’s pools, steam rooms and sauna are the perfect way to feel rejuvenated.
Next up, we drove to grab some delicious and healthy lunch at the Qualico Center in Winnipeg’s lovely Assiniboine Park.
The Leo Mol Sculpture garden in Assiniboine Park is one of my favourite spots in the city.
Gorgeous, even though we had to work our way though all the Pokemon Go players.
Last stop on our Ford Escape and Discovery tour was Fort Whyte Alive, where we viewed Bison and walked the nature trails along the lake.
I have to say, it was fun driving this vehicle around everywhere. It was so fuel efficient (I drove it for a week still didn’t go through a tank of gas). I loved the EcoBoost engine and it’s feature where it turns off while idling at traffic lights. Anything environmentally-friendlier I’m all on board with.
My 2011 model doesn’t have Apple CarPlay, which I will miss dearly in this vehicle!
As mentioned before, we took a trip to the farmers market to get the ingredients for these delicious Chicken Lettuce Wraps. I’ve made them twice in the last two weeks. They are so easy, healthy and delicious.
Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat.
Add ground chicken and cook until browned, crumbling the chicken as it cooks.
Stir in garlic, white onion, and red pepper.
Next add hoisin sauce.
Add soy sauce.
Add rice wine vinegar.
Finally add freshly grated ginger.
Stir to combine and cook until onions have become translucent and the peppers soften.
Stir in green onions.
Season with black pepper if desired.
Spoon chicken mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf.
Roll it up and enjoy!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1lb. ground chicken
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 red pepper, diced
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 tbsp Sriracha
- 2 green onions, thinly sliced
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 head butter lettuce
- Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat.
- Add ground chicken and cook until browned, crumbling the chicken as it cooks.
- Stir in garlic, white onion, and red pepper.
- Next add hoisin sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, Sriracha, and freshly grated ginger.
- Stir to combine and cook until onions have become translucent and the peppers soften.
- Stir in green onions.
- Season with black pepper if desired.
- Spoon chicken mixture into the center of a lettuce leaf.
- Roll it up and enjoy!