Happy Monday, everyone! I hope the weekend was a good one. Ours was filled with plenty of chores at home. I mowed the lawn on Saturday - how is that possible in March?!? We’ve been in FL less than a year and it still feels so weird to have all these outside opportunities at this time of year. I am absolutely not complaining about it!
If you’re looking for fast, flavorful, and budget friendly, this one is for you! I have to say that describes the vast majority of the meals we eat. Meat is stretched with vegetables or grains to go a little further. Ton of vegetables are added throughout because they’re healthy and honestly, we love them. Yes, I know we’re weird! Rarely do I make a meal without lots of flavors or spice, because why eat boring food?
If you do any sort of Asian inspired cooking, the sauce ingredients are probably all pantry staples. If you’re new to this, they are definitely worth the investment! You’ll have the components for so many different meals. This really is a quick one. Even with vegetable chopping, you should be able to have this on on the table in 20-25 minutes. Perfect for those busy weeknights!
1 bell pepper
8 oz mushrooms
1 medium zucchini
1 lb ground meat (lean turkey, chicken, or pork)
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
2 tbsp hoisin sauce
1 tbsp chili garlic paste*
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tablespoons water
2 tsp oil
Lettuce leaves* (Bibb or Boston lettuce works best)
Chopped cucumber, green onions, and cilantro, for topping
Cooked rice, if desired
1. Finely chop vegetables. Set aside.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add one tsp oil and meat and cook, stirring frequently, until brown, about 10 minutes.
3. Add veggies and cook until brown and soft, about 5 minutes.
4. While veggies are cooking, mix together sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
5. Reduce heat to medium and add sauce to pan. Cook, stirring occasionally until sauce has thickened slightly.
6. Serve in lettuce leaves with desired toppings
* This makes for a fairly spicy sauce. You may with to reduce the amount and add extra as needed.
*If lettuce isn't your thing, this is delicious just served over rice or in tortillas or another wrap.