Using Land O Lakes Saute Express® Saute Starter for a dinner party

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Lettuce Wraps with Land O Lake's Saute Express Butter

A few weeks ago, St George Utah hosted the Senior Olympic Games, which meant that my parents and grandparents came into town (yup, they are that old!). We had so much fun having them close, because it’s been a hard 3 months being away from all of them since our move. We spent everyday playing, swimming, shopping and just hanging out in the nice weather. But it did make me super sad, because I quickly realized that I wont be around family for the holiday’s this year, and it will be our first time spending them just the 4 of us. So I knew we had to have a small dinner party for all the family in town, and play, laugh and of course eat just like we would on Thanksgiving if we were all together.

I planned the dinner party for Thursday night, because it was the only time someone wasn’t working, golfing, or had other dinner plans. That morning we headed over to my parents hotel to do the same we had been all week. PLAY! We spent all morning and most of the afternoon at their house, until I realized it was now 3 pm, we were 30 minutes from home, I still needed to shop and we were having the dinner party at 6. Oops!

But I ran to Walmart and bought my lifesaver, Land O Lakes Saute Express® Saute Starter. Seriously, this new product has since become a staple for so many dinners in our house, but this particular night it saved the day. I had planned on making a build your own lettuce wrap dinner. A few sides and then all the makings of a yummy lettuce wrap.

Lettuce Wraps with Land O Lake's Saute Express Butter

Well, I hadn’t marinated any meat, I still had the veggies to cook and no time to really add flavor to anything. I knew I would be making the dressings which would add flavor, but I couldn’t rely on just that. So I grabbed the Garlic & Herb butter and used it for both the chicken as well as saute’d the veggies in it!

Lettuce Wraps with Land O Lake's Saute Express Butter Lettuce Wraps with Land O Lake's Saute Express Butter

Using Land O Lakes Saute Express® Saute Starter for a dinner party

Ingredients

3 cubes Saute Express® Saute Starter in Garlic & Herb
3 large chicken breasts
1 cup chopped up carrots
1/2 cup chopped up onions
1 1/2 cup mushrooms
Butter Lettuce
Peanuts
orange flavored almonds
Peanut Vinaigrette
Raspberry Vinaigrette

Instructions

Melt 2 Saute Express® Saute Starters in a large pan over medium heat. While melting, cut your chicken breasts into thin strips. Add chicken to the melted butter and stir until fully coated. Cover and let the meat saute until fully cooked thru (time varies depending on chicken thickness), stirring often. Once fully cooked, remove from heat and shred.

In the same pan, melt 1 Saute Express® Saute Starter over medium heat. Once melted, add mushrooms, onions and carrots into the butter and mix until evenly coated. Cover and saute until carrots are soft to the touch.

Wash butter lettuce and pat dry with a paper towel.

Serve chicken and veggies on one leaf of lettuce, and top with choice of dressing and nuts

http://www.ourthriftyideas.com/2013/10/saute-express-saute-starter.html

Tip: One of my favorite ways to shred chicken is in my Kitchenaid. It is super quick and way easy. Just place the warm chicken into the bowl with the mixing attachment, turn on low and the chicken will shred in just a few seconds. Do not mix too long, the chicken will get mushy!

Lettuce Wraps with Land O Lake's Saute Express Butter

I served these with both my party pleasing potato salad and fruit salad. Both were a huge hit, but nothing like the lettuce wraps.

Lettuce Wraps with Land O Lake's Saute Express Butter Lettuce Wraps with Land O Lake's Saute Express Butter

 

Lettuce Wraps with Land O Lake's Saute Express Butter

 

Peanut Butter Vinaigrette

Ingredients

1 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter

Instructions

combine all ingredients in blender until well mixed. Chill before serving

http://www.ourthriftyideas.com/2013/10/saute-express-saute-starter.html

This is my all time favorite dressing….seriously I could maybe drink it out of the dish! lol But it was perfect over these great tasting lettuce wraps.

Lettuce Wraps with Land O Lake's Saute Express Butter

 

We had so much fun together. Seriously like it was a holiday itself! And what more do you need than family (and some crazy little kids) to keep you laughing and on your toes all night. We played thumb wars, horse rides, and of course the hand game (where you try to knock the other person over!). It was so fun to watch Will try to push over Grandpa!!!

Playing games & food at the dinner party #shop

And someone please tell me that I’m not the only one who’s kitchen looks like this (above) when they are done cooking for a dinner party. Oiy, I’m lucky I even had dishes for people to eat on!

playing games at the dinner party #shop

It was seriously amazing to be able to spend time with my family since we wont be able to for Thanksgiving. And it was even better because I didn’t have to stress or worry about the meal all thanks to Saute Express® Saute Starters. Have you tried them yet? if not, you NEED to!

 

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Comments

  1. I have never had a lettuce wrap before. This looks good!

  2. YUM! I love a good lettuce wrap…these look fantastic. Love those Saute Starters…so easy and delicious.

  3. Looks so yummy and looks like you all had a great time!

  4. These sound good! I’ve never tried the saute things but I’ll have to look for them next time at the store.

  5. These look yummy! 🙂

  6. This looks so yummy I’m glad you guys had some good family time!

  7. These look delicious! Pinned them to my salad board. Really nice job on the photos.

  8. I have seen this product in the store but haven’t tried it yet. This looks so delicious that I have added it our menu for the week. Can’t wait to try it.

  9. These look AMAZNG!

  10. Lettuce wraps are always a favorite of mine at the Vietnamese restaurant; now I can try to make some lettuce wraps of my own! Thanks for sharing!

  11. What a great way to enjoy your family with a dinner party! You aren’t alone, my kitchen looks like that too after a party! Those lettuce wraps are going on my menu plan! #client

  12. I LOVE lettuce wraps! They are so fresh & flavorful! I haven’t tried these saute starters yet…I’ll have to watch for them.

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