The solution to a busy week…

It was quite a busy and exhausting week.  So thankful for the long weekend!  Needless to say, I came home last night and proceeded to take a nap from 6:30 to 11:00pm.  I was still able to go back to sleep at midnight and sleep until 9:30 this morning.  I think my body was worn down to say the least.

Unfortunately, when the week is busy from work and other commitments, time cooking dinner at home gets neglected.  I had to come up with a quick and easy recipe one night this week and rice bowls were invented!  As you can tell by now, I prefer recipes that require little time and are versatile and this one is another example!

Rice Bowls

Gather these ingredients:

1 package of raw chicken tenderloin

Olive Oil

Soy Sauce

Worcestershire Sauce

Small piece of ginger root

1/2 bag of pre washed and pre chopped broccoli

1 bag of frozen vegetable fried rice (I used Trader Joe’s)

Follow these steps:

1) Cut the chicken tenderloin into bite size pieces and place in a medium size bowl

2) Grate your ginger root so you have a small handful of ginger and add to the bowl

3)  Cover the chicken and ginger with soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce.  There are no measurements for this. Just add equal amounts until the chicken is coated well

4)  Cover and marinate 4-8 hours.  I marinated it overnight

5)  When you are ready to cook the dish, take out your broccoli and chicken

6)  Place your broccoli in a small saucepan and cover with water

7)  Cook on medium heat for ~ 5-8 minutes or until tender

8) Once cooked, placed on low heat to stay warm

9)  In a large skillet on medium heat, add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil

10)  Add your marinated chicken and cook until the chicken is no longer pink

11)  In a large saucepan, begin cooking your rice according to the directions on the bag

12)  Drain your broccoli and add it to the saucepan with the rice

13)  Add in a splash of Soy Sauce

14)  Place your chicken into the rice mixture and cook until hot

14)  Be careful not to have the heat too high or cook the rice too long because it will begin to stick to the bottom of the saucepan

15) Serve and enjoy!

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 Note that you can make this dish by adding the protein of your choice (shrimp, beans, tofu, beef) and any vegetables (red/green peppers, mushrooms, etc) you desire.  I just added the broccoli because we had it on hand from another meal.  You could also add sesame seeds for a little more crunch!  I really love Trader Joe’s frozen rice for this recipe because it already has some vegetables in it and it’s easy to cook. We’ve also had the rice as a side dish before and that works great as well.  If you have a Trader Joe’s nearby, here’s the rice I used:

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This dish tastes great reheated the next day for lunch as well.  I hope you enjoy!

Have a wonderful long weekend!  Much more to come later this weekend!

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