One-pan, Healthy, Asian-Inspired Take Out in 30 minutes
Raise your hand if your family loves ordering in dinner? It’s been a busy Sunday, soccer games and dance rehearsals, grocery shopping for the week ahead, your family finally gets home at 5:00pm on a Sunday night and the last thing you want to think about is making dinner. Did I nail it? BUT, you put all this effort into making healthy meals and food prepping for your family for the entire week, why should Sunday night be any different? Why should “I’ll start again on Monday” be a continuous saying for you. If you are going grocery shopping over the weekend, shop with cooking on Sunday night in mind. Keep it simple – just a few basic ingredients and then you have lunch for the next day as well.
Chinese take-out was a big Sunday night staple for me. Not just growing up as a kid, but throughout college and into my post-college life. It’s comforting, it’s usually delivered fairly fast, and it’s relatively inexpensive. However, I soon noticed that I woke up every Monday morning feeling so tired (and thirsty!). How was I suppose to start the week of strong if I felt so weak?
Here comes my one-pan, healthy, Asian-inspired, take-out meal in no more than 30 minutes. For the most part, “stir-fry vegetables” are now sold pre-cut in a large container in the produce department, so that saves me a lot of prep time. I am usually buying chicken breasts for my week anyway, so I just take one or two out to cook that night and freeze the rest. And the sauce ingredients are staples in my fridge.
The best part about any one-pan dinner is that the ingredients are so versatile. Don’t like Sriracha or spicy flavors? Omit it or swap in a sweet hoisin sauce. Vegetarian? Omit the chicken and use tofu, tempeh, or no protein at all. Have a bunch of random leftover produce from last week? Throw it all in your stir fry and call in the “Everything but the kitchen sink” dinner. It seems exhausting now, after a busy and active weekend to cook a meal. But, I promise you will feel sooo much better afterwards – and may just have enough room for a little dessert. Your family, your wallet, and your waistline will thank you!
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- Prep Time: 10m
- Cook Time: 20m
- Total Time: 30m
- Serves: 4 people
- Category: Main Meals
- 1 lb chicken breasts
- 2 c broccoli
- 1 c carrots, shredded
- 1 c yellow onion, chopped
- 2 c snap peas
- 2 c brown rice
For the Stir-Fry Sauce
- 1 tbsp. Sriracha
- 1/2 c amino acids (or low-sodium soy sauce)
- 1/2 c all-natural ginger dressing
- Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Once the pan is shimmering-hot, add all the chopped vegetables and lightly sauté.
- As vegetables are slowly cooking, add diced chicken. Continue tossing vegetables and chicken until chicken is almost fully cooked (hardly any pink in the center).
- While veggies and chicken are cooking, prepare your stir-fry sauce.
- Add the sauce over the veggies and chicken, stirring everything together. Turn heat down to medium-low, cover, and let everyone just hang out, for about 5-10 minutes.
- Serve warm over 1/4 cup brown rice and top with sesame seeds (optional).