This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute®. All opinions are my own.
I always tell myself that I’m going to food prep on the weekend. But you know what? Lately, I forget, or we’re volunteering or out somewhere, or I simply run out of time…which means that we end up eating chicken nuggets more often than I’d like to admit. Sadly, when I forget lunch I really forget…usually, until I look at the clock and realize that it’s 30 minutes to dinnertime and the kids haven’t eaten yet. I whipped up this Teriyaki pork stir fry with quinoa the other day, and let me say it won a blue ribbon for dinner!
And you know what? Nuggets take forever to cook! Nobody has time for that.
Because let’s face it. Life is busy. There are projects and chores, art projects and play dates, and not nearly enough hours in the day.
Plus, when I feed my kids most of the “lunch” options you find at the store they’re hungry less than 30 minutes later.
I’ve been looking for solutions that aren’t crackers and meat (because honestly who wants to eat those things every single day), and I came across Minute® Ready to Serve White & Red Quinoa. And guess what? It takes a minute to cook, is wholesome, and quinoa is a complete protein.
Minute® Ready to Serve is seriously awesome. The new varieties are actually portable. This means that I can send a perfectly portioned side with Ish for lunch, or make one for myself. It also means that I have fast and delicious solutions for lunch or any meal.
It takes the excuses out of feeding my family healthy foods because you can eat it on the fly, straight from the cup.
Seriously. Cooking one cup takes just 60 seconds, and when it’s done you have a fully cooked, perfect single portion of quinoa for any meal or snack.
And, if you have a protein, some veggies, and sauce (and a little creativity), you’ll find that you are looking for reasons to make delicious and wholesome meals when you’d normally reach for something not so appealing.
That’s definitely a winner in my book. I quickly did an inventory of what I had on hand, and turns out I had some pretty awesome leftovers and freeze dried ingredients. I tossed them all together to make a delicious stir fry (or fried quinoa) that we’ve been eating all week.
5 Minute* Teriyaki Pork Stir Fry with Quinoa
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 2 Minute® Ready to Serve White & Red Quinoa cups
- 1 cup chopped leftover pork roast
- 1/2 cup fresh or freeze-dried chopped carrots
- 1/2 cup fresh or freeze-dried sliced celery
- 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
- 1/2 cup fresh or freeze-dried thinly sliced onions
- 1/2 cup frozen green peas
- 2 eggs
Microwave your quinoa for 1 minute to cook. Heat a cast iron or heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat. Add the coconut oil and chopped roast. Sauté until the quinoa is finished cooking, then add in your vegetables*.
Cook until vegetables are heated through. Add the teriyaki sauce and quinoa. Stir until the ingredients are totally mixed together.
Make a hole in the center of your stir fry and crack 2 eggs. scramble them and mix them into the pan.
That’s it! Hot and ready lunch in 5 minutes and everyone loved it.
So much so that we ended up having it again for dinner (and I may have had it for breakfast this morning, too).
Minute® Ready to Serve White & Red Quinoa is definitely going to be a pantry staple for us going forward. Can’t you just see quinoa breakfast bowls, veggies, and quinoa, even cheesy baked quinoa?
The possibilities are endless. I haven’t been this excited about food in a while, Y’all.
How would you use Minute® Ready to Serve White & Red Quinoa to make life easier?
*If you are using freeze-dried veggies, stick them in a mug or small bowl and pour boiling water over them to rehydrate for 3-5 minutes.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve White & Red Quinoa.