Wednesday, April 21, 2010

In memory of the Tahitian Noni Cafe...

A few months ago my good friend Lisa gave me a cooking challenge. She had a recipe for some yummy wraps that used to be served at the Tahitian Noni Cafe. When the cafe closed she and her friends asked the manager if they could get the recipe for the wraps. The manager kindly handed them the recipe, but it was written in bulk format and half the recipe was in ounces instead of traditional measurements. So Lisa asked me if I could cut the recipe down to a family serving size, as well as convert the measurements.

Well...challenge accepted, and challenge completed. It actually wasn't too hard, just required a scale and a little math. It's a good thing I have always been good at math...spelling, not so much...but math has always been a strong point.

So if you were also a fan of the Pareo Chicken Wraps at the Tahitian Noni Cafe, today's your lucky day! I hope you enjoy.

* I actually used just a regular tortilla for my wraps, but I'm sure the Tomato Basil tortillas would be awesome. Also the Chipotle Ranch dressing makes quite a bit, but I couldn't really reduce it by much more. So you will have extra, however we have been using as a dip for corn chips and veggies and it's I'm not complaining.


6 12” Tomato Basil Tortilla
1 recipe Island Lime Rice (see below)
1 recipe Black Bean Salsa (see below)
2 C. shredded chicken
2 C. Monterey Jack Cheese- shredded
1 recipe Chipotle Ranch Dressing (see below)
2 C. shredded lettuce
2 roma tomatoes; diced

1. Lay the tortilla flat and layer ingredients as follows:

black bean salsa
shredded chicken
chipotle ranch Dressing

2. Wrap the tortilla tight, tucking in each end.
3. You can eat fresh or place on a George Forman grill for about 2 minutes.


1 C. Jasmine long-grain rice
1 C. cold water
½ C. chicken stock
1 T. butter
½ t. salt
¼ C. cilantro- chopped
2 T. lime juice

1. In a large sauce pan bring the water and chicken stock to a boil.
2. Add the rice, butter and salt.
3. Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes.
4. When the rice is cooked, fluff then stir in the cilantro and lime juice. Mix well.


1 Can black beans; drained and rinsed
1 C. frozen corn; thawed and drained
1 small or ½ large red pepper; diced
Zest of 1 lime
2 T. lime juice
3 T. cilantro; chopped
1 jalapeno; diced
1 t. salt
½ t. pepper

1. Mix all ingredients together to form the salsa.


1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix
½ C. mayo
½ C. sour cream
1 C. milk
1 Chipotle Pepper with 2 T. Adobo sauce (from 1 can of Chipotle Peppers packed in Adobo sauce. You can find these in the Mexican section at most supermarkets.)*

1. In a blender pour the milk and the ranch dressing powder. Mix on high until well blended.
2. Add the mayo and sour cream. Blend on high again for a few second.
3. Add 1 chipotle pepper and 2 T. of Adobo sauce from the can. Blend again until the dressing comes together.
4. Allow to set up in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

* I use these peppers as well as the Adobo sauce in quite a few recipe, so when I open a can I divide it up into small ice cube trays and freeze small potions. I never use a whole can at a time.

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1 comment:

lalaine said...

This sounds so good! I think I am going to eliminate the rice and try everything else as eggroll fillings! Thanks for the inspiration!

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