This Asian inspired easy meal prep is a quick last minute meal prep to ready you for the entire week. Your co-workers are bound to be jealous! I always love those day where I warm my food up in the kitchen at work, and everyone asks “What’s that? Where did you get that from?” I take great satisfaction telling them I made it myself. It’s a good ego boost, and not only that, I’ve had several people ask me to make them lunches too! However, this weekend I was a little less inspired to meal prep.
You know those weekends, and you just want to sit around all day, and decompress from a stressful week? This was one of those times for me. Typically by Wednesday, I have an idea in mind for my meal prep. I’ve been going steady for five weeks now, but this week I had a little trouble brainstorming. I woke up Sunday morning in a panic, as I had NOTHING prepared and needed to start cooking that afternoon! Not only that, I was feeling very lethargic that weekend, and really did not want to leave my bed.
Usually every weekend my boyfriend and I are cooking constantly, at least one out of the two days we have together. But this weekend we decided to take a break and relax a bit more. Which left me feeling a little lost on what to meal prep for the week! But sure enough inspiration hit me (with a little help from browsing Pinterest). So I took out my recipe notebook and starting scribbling down my idea!
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Asian Inspired Easy Meal Prep
Usually, or at least lately since I’ve started this blog, I’ve been very organized when it comes to writing down my recipes. I write every ingredient and all the steps down before I hit the kitchen. This Sunday was a different story, as I mentioned earlier I just wasn’t feeling it this weekend! As much as I love cooking, sometimes you just gotta take a break, right!? For this one I went into my kitchen with only the name of the recipe, as well as one ingredient listed, ground chicken.
That morning I wrote a few things down on my grocery list and hit the store! All I really needed was the chicken, and some vegetables to stir fry. Thankfully I had all the sauce ingredients in the fridge and pantry! I had an idea in my head from a previous recipe for sesame chicken sauce that I have not made just yet. So I decided to adapt that for my meal prep! I tweaked the ingredients for the sauce and picked up some baby bok choy and broccoli – my favorite stir fry vegetables EVER! This was truly one of the easiest meal preps I’ve thrown together since I started working in the office about 3 years ago.
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One Pan Meal Prep
One pan meal prep = the easiest meal prep. I was feeling so lazy this weekend that I truly just wanted to throw everything in one pan. That means at the end of this, all I had to clean was one pan, a cutting board, a knife, and the small pot I used to cook the rice. Which takes about five minutes, and then I’m back in bed doing NOTHING. I can’t be the only one that relishes at the idea of sitting in bed and doing nothing for an entire day. Or even better, a WHOLE weekend! And if you’re like me, you better cherish that one weekend, but they are far and few in-between.
The only thing that would have made this recipe easier would be leaving the chicken and vegetables in while make the sauce. I have been trying to adapt the recipe for another Asian inspired meal prep, so stay tuned! But that also says a lot about how much I liked this recipe, I already want to make it again! It’s going to be my new go-to meal prep plans for those lazy weekends. Work has been crazy lately, so I’m hoping for another relaxing weekend SOON!
Serve It Over Whatever You Want!
I used white rice for this recipe, I know, I know I have been talking up quinoa a lot in my recent meal prep posts. But in true Laura fashion I wrote it down on my shopping list and then somehow skipped right over it! So I had to use my trusty back up, white rice. It was delicious with the sesame chicken sauce, I almost wanted to lick the container in the lunch room at work! But of course, I restrained myself, because…well…that would be weird. However, I did totally shovel every last grain of rice into my mouth like a madman. And you will too!
But I’ve said so in the past, and I will say it again, quinoa is much more nutritional than white rice. The next time I make this recipe I will be making sure to buy some quinoa. Even though white rice is a basic stable, I’m on a mission to eat healthier and I plan to keep it up for as long as I can! Which means, the three donuts I ate at work for my managers birthday didn’t count! Right?!
Don’t worry, I’m make sure to continue on the healthy trend after that! It’s just one day, right? I mean there’s not another birthday to celebrate for another few months, I think. So it’s okay to treat yourself on the special days. But I promise, I’m back to watching what I eat and trying to live my best healthy life!
Sesame Ground Chicken and Veggies
- 1 lb ground chicken
- 1 1/2 lb broccoli crowns cut into bite size pieces
- 1 lb baby bok choy
- 3 Tbsps olive oil
- 2 Tbsp sesame oil
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 1/2 Tbsp chili paste
- 2 Tbsps white wine vinegar
- 3 Tbsps ketchup
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
- In large pan over medium heat, brown chicken, breaking it up into smaller pieces as it cooks. Cook all the way through, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from pan.
- Add 1 Tbsp olive oil, broccoli, and bok choy. Add remaining 2 Tbsps of oil, and stir to coat vegetables. Cook for 30 minutes, until vegetables are soft, stirring occasionally. Remove from pan.
- Add sesame oil, and minced garlic. Cook for 2 minutes, until garlic is fragrant. Add remaining sauce ingredients and stir thoroughly. Cook sauce, stirring, until thickened slightly, 5 – 10 minutes.
- Add chicken and vegetables and stir to coat in sauce.
- Serve over white rice (optional).