Sunday, April 5, 2009

Follower Sunday: “Thank You Readership!” Guest-Chef Tram Le, Surfer Dietitian: Makes ‘Nutrition to Kitchen’-mouth-watering food—a breeze


by Anthony J. Sepe


Each Sunday, I thank my readership for their loyalty and dedication to my blog, by providing a healthy recipe.  To those that know, this is a healthy repeat, but for those that are unaware and are new to the blog, this is my way of “giving back.”  It is also a way to “Pay it Forward.”  Each Sunday, not only will you have a healthy recipe, but you will have an expert in the field of dietetics, food and nutrition, provide the healthy recipe to you.  It is my pleasure to introduce this week, Tram Le, and her Da-Nang Style Chicken Sandwich—with a bust of flavorful Chili-Garlic Mayo sauce. 


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  Tram Le, RD

Tram Le, RD, is a Clinical Dietitian in Hawaii, and owner of Nutrition to Fit, LLC. Tram’s philosophy on health and wellness centers on the balance between mind, body, and spirit.  Staying healthy in this day in age is a hard thing, and it’s not just the food you eat.  It’s trying to balance between nourishing your body, mind and spirit by working on the relationships you have with yourself, family, work, and friends.  Services provided include nutrition counseling and wellness consultations and cooking classes.

Tram’s philosophy extends to her daily life, where she enjoys doing exercise
that is fun for her, like pilates, surfing, biking, hiking, and doing yoga.
She is also an enthusiastic cook and loves to spend time developing recipes
in her kitchen, and sharing her meals with others through her blog, *Nutrition
to Kitchen* (
Tram Le, RD

Here's my recipe for Da-Nang Style Chicken Sandwiches:


© photo (Tram, Le)


© Da Nang-Style Chicken Sandwich*                                                                  Reprinted with permission by Tram Le, RD from “Nutrition to Fit, LLC” at 

Sandwich Ingredients:

1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
12.5 oz canned chunk chicken breast, packed in water and drained (easy and
quick alternative to poaching then shredding your chicken breast if you’re
in a hurry like I am!)
3/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp black pepper
Salt to taste (I didn’t use any because the chicken was also packed in
broth, already adding some salt to it)


© photo (Tram Le)


*Sandwich Sauce: Chili-Garlic Mayo  
2 Tbsp fat-free mayo
1 1/2 tsp chili-garlic sauce
4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
4 handfuls of cilantro leaves



1.  In a medium-sized skillet, heat the olive oil over med-high heat.  After
a couple minutes, add the yellow onion and garlic.  Sautee and stir around
for about another 2 minutes, until slightly softened.  Add the drained
chicken breast.  Break up the chunks with a spatula and sautee well.  Add
the sugar, black pepper, and salt if needed.  Continue stirring until the
mixture is slightly browned, about another 5-6 minutes.

2.  To make the chili-garlic mayonnaise, simply combine the chili-garlic
sauce and mayo.

3.  Assemble: Spread a thin layer of the chili-garlic mayonnaise on one side
of the hamburger bun.  Add about 3 ounces of the chicken mixture, top with
cilantro leaves, and top with the other half of the bun.  Serve!


Thanks Anthony, have a great day!


PS: Don’t forget to visit Tram’s eye-appealing and mouth-watering blog !

Tram Le, RD


  1. Tram is a beautiful young lady, Anthony, and you know I'll give the recipes a try. I don't know who enjoys these recipes or my daughter-in-law.(smile)

    I certainly thank you!

    'Til next time,

  2. Mattie, you are most welcome; my pleasure!

    Yes, I agree. Tram is a beautiful person, both--inside and out--, and as I have come to know Tram more, she is very sweet, too. I'm glad to know you'll try her recipe, which I intend to try, as well. This is a recipe that struck me as, "ooooooh this sounds really, really good!" So, I am just as anxious to try it, too. It's comforting to know that you and your daughter-in-law enjoy these recipes each week.(I'm smiling as I'm typing.)

    I appreciate your visits and appreciate that you take the time to comment, which means so much.

    'Til next time to you too,