Eat– for Good Health

With three other families on our street, I’m coordinating a holiday progressive dinner block party.  Others are hosting appetizers, main dish, and dessert, and we’re doing the salad stop.  It’s pot luck– every guest household brings something. Since food in general is ample, I’m making light Cashew Salad Lettuce Wraps.  Recipe is below table runner. The block party gets me decorating!

32" Fresh Victorian Table Runner

Ingredients serves 4 (I will triple the recipe for our block party)

  • 1 head butter lettuce (green or red leaf lettuce can be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vegetable broth powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup cashew pieces


  1. Remove some of the more perfect looking leaves from a head of butter lettuce. Rinse them well, dry them well in paper towels. Keep them until needed in a gallon-size plastic bag, stored in the refrigerator.
  2. Combine light mayonnaise, sour cream, curry powder, and chicken broth powder in small bowl with whisk.
  3. In medium bowl, combine remaining chicken salad ingredients, gently tossing with spoons until well blended. Pour dressing over the top and toss to blend everything well. Cover bowl and store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  4. Ten minutes before serving, spoon 1/3 cup of the chicken salad mixture (1/4 cup or less if the leaves are on the small size) in the center of each lettuce leaf. Enjoy!

4 servings (2 lettuce wraps each)

Nutritional Information:
Per serving: 215 calories, 25 g protein, 8 g carbohydrate, 9 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 63 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 105 mg sodium (if unsalted cashews used). Calories from fat: 38 percent.


10 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Reba, that’s accurate. I was walking up her steps to deliver the invitation, and she was coming out at the same time. Of course I startled her. She looked at the invitation and said, “Block Party? I need that like a whole in the head.” She rushed to her car and took off!

  2. Reba, when something like this happens, and I don’t remember doing anything to deserve it, I pray on it. Well, either way, I pray on it. This morning I woke up and thought L. might be having health problems (battle with cancer) again. I phoned her. She didn’t answer, and I left an apologetic message for upsetting her with my surprise presence. Anyway, she phoned back and said that numbers were up, and she’d just heard the bad news.

  3. After we talked, L. said she thinks she’ll come to the block party so that she can be around nice people who care. I told her about a couple of people on the block with health issues. Next door, the husband is in chemo for leukemia in Japan. That’s where the family is from, and he had a bone marrow transplant there a couple of months ago. Anyway, Christmas is not always a happy time.

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