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Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry

tofu stir fry

Crispy crunchy tofu flavored in a soy-ginger sauce and stir-fried with a bright and colorful mixture of vegetables.

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Tofu tends to have a bad reputation for being bland. However, with the right combination of sauce and seasonings, it can soak up all the flavor and make for a delicious meal. Add fresh and colorful veggies and you get a fast and healthy dinner

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Prepare This Easy Tofu Stir Fry with Simple Ingredients

  • Tofu: We used firm tofu because it has less moisture and easier to get it crispy during the cooking process
  • Aromatics: We used red onions and garlic to round out the flavors of this dish, but you can also use green onions or shallots
  • Vegetables: We used a combination of colorful vegetables such as carrots, green beans, broccoli, and red bell peppers
  • Cashew: You can also use peanuts which are found in many stir fry recipes
  • Seasonings: We seasoned this dish with a honey soy sauce, along with sesame seeds and sesame oil which are traditional in Asian-inspired dishes
Round plate with tofu stir fry with broccoli, red bell peppers, and cashew nuts.

How to Make Easy Tofu Stir Fry

  1. Press the moisture out of your tofu.
  2. Cut the tofu into cubes.
  3. Add oil to a heated wok and sear the tofu cubes on each side until golden brown.
  4. Remove the tofu, and add the vegetables.
  5. Stir until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Add back the tofu and pour in the stir-fry sauce.
  7. Top it off with cashews and sesame seeds.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Saute pan with tofu stir fry with broccoli, red bell peppers, and cashew nuts.

Meal Prep Tips for Tofu Stir Fry

  • Ingredients Options: To save time on prep, you can buy pre-washed and cut vegetables. There are fresh and frozen options available at the grocery store
  • Cook Methods: You can also turn this into a “sheet pan” stir fry recipe and cook it in the oven or your Air Fryer. Just coat the tofu and vegetables in oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and salt. Roast in the oven at 400F for 12 to 15 minutes or cook it in the Air Fryer at 360F for 8 to 10 minutes. In the end, drizzle it with the stir-fry sauce.
  • To Serve: You can enjoy this meal with a side of steamed rice or cauliflower rice if you want to keep it low-carb
  • To Store: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.
  • To Reheat: The meal can be reheated in the microwave
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Tofu Stir Fry

Tofu and Veggie Stir Fry

Flavorful, crispy tofu tossed with fresh and colorful vegetables are perfect for a quick and healthy vegetarian dinner.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • mixing bowl
  • spatula
  • saute pan

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz tofu (firm)
  • 1/4 cup red onions (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup green beans (washed and trimmed)
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cashews
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Stir Fry Sauce

  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes

Instructions
 

  • Prep the veggies: Cut the bell peppers into one inch cubes, dice the red onions, cut the green beans into one inch pieces, and make sure the florets are cut in half.
  • Make the stir fry sauce: In a mixing bowl, mix together the stir fry sauce until it is well blended.
  • Prep the tofu: Next, cut the tofu block in half and place each block in between several paper towels. Press down on the tofu to remove the excess moisture. Cut the tofu into one inch cubes.
  • Cook the tofu: Add oil to a skillet on medium high heat and sear the tofu cubes on each side until it is completely golden brown all around (about 2 to 3 minutes each side)
  • Cook the veggies: Next, remove the tofu from the skillet. Add the onions and carrots and saute until they soften. Then, add the green beans, red bell peppers, and broccoli florets. Add the stir fry sauce and mix it around for 3 to 4 minutes until the veggies are tender.
  • Combine it all together: At the end, add the tofu back into the pan and top it off with the cashews and sesame seeds.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long can you keep this in the fridge?

You can store it in an airtight container for up to 3 to 4 days.


What else can I serve with this tofu stir fry?

Enjoy this recipe with steamed rice, lo mein noodles, or even with quinoa.


What can I substitute cashews with?

Regular peanuts or pine nuts are great tasty options!

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Grilled Steak with Roasted Corn and Potato Hash

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This roasted corn and potato medley is the star of this steak dinner meal.

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Round plate with grilled ribeye steak with corn, baby potatoes, and bell peppers.

When it comes to meal appeal, it is more important to add bright colors and use flavor profiles that you crave, and nothing pulls at our cravings like grilled steak, crispy potatoes, and sweet corn.

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Here’s What You Need for This Steak and Corn Recipe

  • Steak: We used Rib Eye steak that was thinly sliced so that it can grill quickly
  • Marinade: We marinated our steak with balsamic glaze, paprika, garlic powder, and salt, and coated it with olive oil. This marinade gave good flavor and a good char and caramelization when we grilled the steak.
  • Vegetable Medley: We used a combination of corn, baby corn, and bell peppers

Round plate with grilled ribeye steak with corn, baby potatoes, and bell peppers.

Easy Steps for Making Steak and Corn

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F.
  2. Cut the vegetables and place them on a sheet pan. Add the seasonings and coat them with olive oil. Roast them in the oven.
  3. Meanwhile, marinate the steak with balsamic concentrate and seasonings.
  4. Heat an indoor grill and sear the steak on each side until it cooks to your desired doneness.
  5. Let the steak rest before slicing it into thin strips and enjoy them with the roasted corn and potato medley.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Glass meal prep container with grilled ribeye steak with corn, baby potatoes, and bell peppers.

Meal Prep Tips for Steak and Corn

  • Cooking option: If you have an Air Fryer, you can also air fry the vegetables at 350F for 8 minutes
  • Herbs: Add herbs to the corn medley such as green onions, basil, or cilantro for fresh flavors
  • To Store: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator

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Steak & Corn

Grilled Balsamic Steak with Roasted Corn and Potato Hash

A gourmet steak dinner served with a delicious medley of roasted sweet corn, potatoes, and bell peppers.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • sheet pan
  • tongs
  • indoor grill pan
  • oven

Ingredients
  

Steak and Seasonings

  • 12 oz rib eye steak (thinly sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic concentrate
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Roasted Corn and Potatoes

  • 2 baby potatoes
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 red bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400F. Cut the baby potatoes in half and dice the red bell pepper. Place the potatoes, bell peppers, and corn on a sheet pan, add the seasonings and coat it with olive oil. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, season the steak with balsamic concentrate, paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and coat with olive oil.
  • Heat an indoor grill pan on medium high heat an sear the steak on each side for about 4 to 5 minutes until it is fully cooked and reaches an internal temperature of 145F. Let it rest before slicing it into thin strips and enjoy them with the roasted colorful veggies!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What else can you do with any leftover corn and potato medley?

If you have any leftovers, you can use them as a salad topper. We also like making it into a corn potato salad by adding a little bit of mayo and lemon juice.


Is corn high in fiber?

Yes, it is rich in fiber and can help aid digestion. It has insoluble fiber which feeds good bacteria in your gut and can help you keep regular. 


Is corn healthy?

Most people trying to lose weight avoid corn because they are concerned about weight gain. However, one ear of corn only has about 100 calories, 3 grams of fiber which can help you feel full longer, and the carb is a slow-to digest type of carb that can help with weight control. So you can enjoy this vegetable in balanced portions.

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Italian Chicken with Green Beans and Almonds

italian chicken

This Grilled Italian Marinated Chicken is so easy to make and it results in a delicious and juicy chicken dish.

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We love marinating our meats to add flavor and also keep it juicy during the cooking process. Sometimes, we don’t have the time or energy to make our marinades homemade.

So one of our favorite meal prep hacks is using salad dressings!

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Did you know salad dressing can be used for more than just salads?

Most salad dressings make for tasty marinades, in particular, vinaigrettes. So If you’re new to cooking and feel like it may be too much work to make your own from scratch, vinaigrettes are a great way to flavor up your proteins.

For example, in this recipe, we used an Italian vinaigrette that we already had on hand and marinated the chicken, and also used a balsamic glaze to flavor our green beans.

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Protein: We used boneless chicken thighs but you can also use chicken breasts or chicken tenderloins
  • Italian salad dressing: We used this to marinate the chicken
  • Green Beans: You can also use asparagus or cauliflower
  • Almonds: You can also use pecans or walnuts
  • Balsamic Glaze: This is used to season the green beans

Glass meal prep containers storing grilled chicken, green beans, and almonds.

How to Make Grilled Italian Chicken

  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Marinate the chicken with the Italian salad dressing.
  • Meanwhile, heat a grill pan on medium-high heat and grill the chicken on each side for a few minutes until it gets a good char.
  • Then, transfer the chicken to a sheet pan and let it finish baking in the oven.

How to Saute Balsamic Green Beans

  • While the chicken is cooking, boil the green beans for a few minutes to help them get tender. Then remove them from the pot with a slotted spoon.
  • Add oil to a heated pan and add the green beans and almonds.
  • Then, drizzle it with balsamic glaze and mix it all together.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Glass meal prep containers storing grilled chicken, green beans, and almonds.

Meal Prep Tips for Marinades

  • Most vinaigrette salad dressings contain an acidic component such as vinegar or lemon juice. The acid will help tenderize tougher cuts.
  • So you can marinate your tougher cuts for a few hours or overnight in a refrigerator in a sealed plastic bag.
  • For more tender cuts such as fish, you just need to brush them with a marinade right before cooking to add flavor.

Chicken & Green Beans

Italian Chicken with Green Beans and Almonds

Grilled and Juicy Italian Chicken that is so easy to throw together and serve in a variety of ways.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 2

Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • indoor grill pan
  • saute pan
  • large pots
  • tongs
  • sheet pan
  • oven

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup italian salad dressing
  • 8 oz green beans
  • 2 tablespoons almonds
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. In a mixing bowl, marinate the chicken with the italian dressing for at least 10 minutes.
  • Heat a grill pan on medium-high heat and grill the chicken on each side for about 3 to 4 minutes. Then, transfer the chicken to a sheet pan and finish baking it in the oven for about 20 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F and is fully cooked.
  • Meanwhile, bring a pot of water to a boil and place the green beans in the pot for about 4 to 5 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the green beans from the boiling water.
  • Then, add oil to a pan on medium high heat and add the green beans and almonds. Season with balsamic concentrate, garlic powder, and salt. Stir it all around until the green beans are fully coated with the sauce.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I marinate the chicken?

it’s best to marinate your chicken overnight, but if you’re on a time crunch, marinate it for at least 10 minutes.


How to serve grilled chicken?

Grilled chicken is great because you can serve it with basically anything. Slice it into bite-size pieces and serve it over salads, in pasta, or in tortillas.


Can I bake my marinated chicken without grilling it?

Yes, absolutely. Place it in a baking dish and bake it for at least 25 minutes until it fully cooks and reaches an internal temperature of 165F. We like to grill our chicken for a few minutes before we transfer it to a sheet pan just to get a nice golden brown color, but it’s not necessary and will still taste delicious!

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

Air Fried Chicken

Enjoy “Fried Chicken” without the mess of a deep-fryer. Learn how to make these fried chicken drumsticks using the Air Fryer and not have to deal with all the oil and mess of traditional deep-fried chicken.

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Plate with crispy Air Fryer chicken with sliced yellow squash and zucchini.

We Love these Air Fried Chicken Drumsticks for These Reasons

  • No Need for a crazy amount of oil, so there is less guilt eating them because it’s a healthier version of this comfort food
  • The chicken still turns out golden brown and crunchy on the outside, and still juicy and moist on the inside
  • You can make it for yourself, but also treat your family and friends to this delicious meal

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Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Chicken Drumsticks: We used drumsticks because they turn out moist and juicy. However, you can also use chicken thighs. If you want to keep it lean, you can use chicken tenderloins.
  • Eggs and Milk: This will help bind the breadcrumbs to the chicken.
  • Breadcrumbs: We used regular bread crumbs, but you can also use panko breadcrumbs.
  • Vegetables: We used budget-friendly vegetable sides such as yellow squash and zucchini.
  • Seasonings: We kept it simple with paprika, garlic powder, and salt. However, feel free to add other seasonings such as cayenne for a little heat and Italian seasoning if you like herb flavors.
  • Oil: Spray the chicken with oil so that it can get crispy in the Air Fryer. You can also use cooking spray.

Plate with crispy Air Fryer chicken with sliced yellow squash and zucchini.

How to Make Air “Fried” Chicken Drumsticks

  1. First, prepare your egg wash by mixing together the eggs and milk. Next, prepare the breadcrumbs on another plate and season it.
  2. Start dipping the chicken in the egg wash, followed by dredging them in the breadcrumbs. Make sure they are fully coated.
  3. Spray the chicken with cooking spray and place them in the Air Fryer. Cook them until they are golden brown and crispy.
  4. Halfway through the cooking process, be sure to flip them over so that they evenly cook and get crispy on all sides.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Glass meal prep container with crispy Air Fryer chicken with sliced yellow squash and zucchini.

Meal Prep Tips for Air “Fried” Chicken Drumsticks

  • Other cook methods: If you don’t have an Air Fryer, you can bake it in an oven at 425F for 40-45 minutes until it is crispy.
  • To serve: Serve with a side of mashed potatoes, creamy caesar salad, rice pilaf, or other vegetable options such as green beans or asparagus.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days for the best quality.
  • To Reheat: The chicken can be reheated in the microwave, but it might get soggy. So you can reheat it in the Air Fryer at 360F for 2 to 3 minutes until it is warmed through.

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air fryer chicken

Crispy Air Fryer Chicken with Squash and Zucchini

Use your Air Fryer to make crispy fried chicken for your next comfort fix.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • mixing bowls
  • Air Fryer

Ingredients
  

Chicken

  • 4 chicken drumsticks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or cooking spray)

Vegetables

  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil (or cooking spray)

Instructions
 

Chicken

  • In a mixing bowl, mix together the eggs and milk. Add breadcrumbs to a large plate and sprinkle with the seasonings.
  • Start with dipping the drumsticks in the egg wash. Next, dredge them in the breadcrumbs, making sure that they are fully coated. Spray the chicken with cooking spray and place them in the Air Fryer basket.
  • Cook the chicken at 360F for 20 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F. (Using tongs, flip them half way through the cooking process so that the drumsticks can get golden brown and crispy all around)

Vegetables

  • Meanwhile, slice the squash and zucchini into 1/4 inch half coins. Season them and spray them with cooking oil.
  • After the chicken has cooked, remove them from the air fryer basket and place the vegetables in the basket. Cook them for 8-10 minutes at 360F.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Air Fryer Fried Chicken healthy?

Cooking the chicken in the Air fryer is healthier than cooking it in a deep-fryer. When cooking it in the deep fryer, extra oil seeps into the breading while it cooks because it is fully submerged in oil. You can also make this recipe more healthy if you want to use lean meat such as chicken breast or tenderloins.


How do I make the chicken crispy in the air fryer?

Be sure not to overcrowd your Air Fryer. You want to make sure that enough hot air circulates each chicken drumstick. You can also pre-heat your air fryer for a few minutes before placing the chicken inside the basket so that the basket is already nice and hot.


How long can I store Air Fried chicken?

You can store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, we recommend heating it up in the air fryer at 360F for 2 to 3 minutes. It can also be reheated in the microwave, but it may not be as crispy.

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Beef Stir Fry with Garlicky Chinese Broccoli

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Try Chinese Broccoli in your next stir-fry dish. Discover how to prep this nutritious green vegetable for your next weekly meal prep.

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Round plate with steak strips and Chinese broccoli.

What is the difference between broccoli and Chinese broccoli?

  • Chinese broccoli is in the same family as broccoli, Brassica Oleracea. However, it has thick stems, small florets, and large flat leaves
  • Chinese broccoli also has a more bitter flavor than regular broccoli

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To Make Chinese Broccoli with Beef Stir Fry, You’ll Need

  • Sirloin Steak: You will want to cut your steak into thin strips so that it cooks quickly during the stir fry
  • Chinese Broccoli: If you can’t find Chinese broccoli, you can also make this recipe with broccolini or regular broccoli
  • Garlic Cloves: Use fresh garlic for this recipe. Cut them into slivers. This is what gives the “garlicky” flavor to the recipe.
  • Soy Sauce: You can also use Oyster sauce which is a syrup-like sauce used in Chinses Cuisine and made from oyster extract
  • Oil: You can cook with olive oil and also add sesame oil for extra flavor

Glass meal prep container with steak strips and Chinese broccoli.

How to prepare Beef and Chinese Broccoli Stir Fry

  1. Prepare the Vegetables: Cut the broccoli into one-inch pieces and slice the garlic into slivers.
  2. Cook the Meat: Add oil to a hot wok and saute the beef strips until fully cooked. Season with the soy sauce.
  3. Cook the Vegetables: Remove the beef strips from the wok and add the broccoli. Cook the Chinese broccoli until they get tender, then add the garlic slivers and cook until they are toasted.
  4. Add back the beef: Add the beef strips back to the wok and drizzle with sesame oil.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Round plate with steak strips and Chinese broccoli.

Meal Prep Tips for Beef and Chinese Broccoli Stir Fry

  • Shopping: When buying Chinese broccoli, avoid selecting the ones with flower blossoms because they will be less tender
  • Prepping: Wash the broccoli thoroughly because it can be sandy and have loose dirt. Trim the bottom of the stems if they look dry.
  • Cook option: You can cook them directly in the stir fry, however, they are a bit tough, so you can blanch them in boiling water before cooking them in the stir fry. This will also get rid of some of the bitterness.
  • To serve: Serve with steamed rice or cauliflower rice for a low-carb option.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days for the best quality.

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Beef Stir Fry

Beef Stir Fry with Garlicky Chinese Broccoli

A low-carb beef stir fry with garlicky Chinese broccoli that is light, fresh, and delicious!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • wok
  • tongs

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz sirloin steak (thinly sliced strips)
  • 6 oz chinese broccoli
  • 2 garlic cloves (peeled and sliced into slivers)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

Instructions
 

  • Cut the broccoli bottom stems (about 1 inch) and discard. Then, roughly chop the rest of the broccoli into 3 inch lengths.
  • Add olive oil to a wok on medium-high heat and saute the beef strips. Season with soy sauce and cook until they are golden brown and fully cooked (about 5 to 7 minutes). After they cook, scoop them out of the wok and set them aside.
  • Next, add the Chinese broccoli to the wok and saute them for about 3 to 5 minutes until the broccoli is soft and tender. If they are still a bit tough, add a dash of water to help steam the broccoli.
  • Then, add the garlic slivers and stir them around until they are toasted. Finally add back the beef strips. At the end, drizzle with sesame oil and mix well

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can Chinese broccoli be eaten uncooked?

Yes, the leaves, stalks, and florets can be prepped and eaten raw in many dishes such as salads or slaws.


How long does Chinese broccoli last?

It can be stored unwashed in an open plastic bag in the fridge for about 7 to 10 days.


Where can I buy Chinese broccoli?

You can find it in most Asian specialty stores.

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Pineapple BBQ Chicken and Cauliflower Rice

pineapple bbq chicken

Baked Pineapple BBQ Chicken with Creamy Coconut Cauliflower Rice is a delicious weeknight dinner idea you’ll love.

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Round plate with bbq baked chicken breasts topped with pineapple, red onions, and served on creamy cauliflower rice.

We grew up in a household eating cuisines with tropical flavors. Fruit was often part of savory dishes. I guess you can say it was a great way to sneak fruit into our meals!

For this recipe, we used basic ingredients that we already had on hand and prepped them in a way to create a yummy, sweet, sour, and savory flavor combination.

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Here’s What You’ll Need for Baked Pineapple BBQ Chicken

  • Chicken Breasts: We used thinly sliced chicken breasts so that they can cook faster and cut down the prep time. You can also use chicken tenderloins for this recipe
  • Pineapple: We often have frozen pineapple on hand for smoothies, but you can also use canned or fresh pineapple
  • BBQ Sauce: Use your favorite pre-made bbq sauce such as honey or hickory smoke flavor
  • Red Onions: You can also use yellow or white onions, but we like using red onions to add color

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How to Make Pineapple BBQ Chicken

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Place the chicken in a baking dish and coat it with the bbq sauce.
  3. Add the pineapple chunks and red onions on top.
  4. Sprinkle the chicken with the seasonings.
  5. Bake everything in the oven for 20-25 minutes until the chicken is fully cooked.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Glass meal prep container with bbq baked chicken breasts topped with pineapple, red onions, and served on creamy cauliflower rice.

What to Serve with Baked Pineapple BBQ Chicken?

  • We wanted to keep the meal tropical, so we served it with creamy coconut cauliflower rice.
  • While the chicken bakes, saute cauliflower rice on medium-high heat. Add the coconut milk and seasonings and cook until the sauce thickens.
  • After the chicken cooks, serve it on top of the cauliflower rice and garnish it with freshly chopped cilantro.

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Pineapple BBQ Chicken and Coconut Cauliflower Rice

Sweet and Savory Oven Baked Pineapple Chicken served with a Creamy Coconut Cauliflower Rice is a delicious and tropical dish that you'll enjoy during your work week.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • saute pan
  • tongs
  • spatula
  • baking dish
  • oven

Ingredients
  

Pineapple BBQ Chicken

  • 12 oz chicken breasts (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup pineapple (frozen)
  • 3/4 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/4 cup red onions (diced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Coconut Cauliflower Rice

  • 2 cups cauliflower rice (frozen)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Place the chicken in a baking dish. Coat the chicken with bbq sauce. Top it off with the pineapple and red onions. Sprinkle it with the seasonings.
  • Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes (flipping the chicken halfway through). Cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F.
  • Meanwhile, add oil to a saute pan on medium high heat and saute the cauliflower rice for about 3 to 4 minutes until it heats through and softens. Pour in the coconut milk and add the seasonings. Continue to stir until the sauce thickens.
  • After the chicken cooks, serve it with the cauliflower rice and top it off with freshly sliced cilantro. Enjoy this tropical delight!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use instead of bbq sauce?

If you don’t like bbq sauce, you can mix together soy sauce with lemon and honey and marinate the chicken with it. For this recipe, mix together 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp of lemon, and 1 tbsp of honey.


What can I serve with pineapple bbq chicken?

You can serve it with regular roasted cauliflower, mashed potatoes, or rice pilaf.


What if I don’t have pineapple?

Mango and oranges will also work well because they also have the tangy flavors that pineapple has and will work well with the sweetness of the bbq sauce.

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Oven Baked Orange Ginger Salmon and Snow Peas

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Honey Glazed Salmon and Roasted Snow Pea recipe that comes together in less than 20 minutes in one pan!

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Round plate with baked salmon and snow peas served with a side of sliced oranges.

Flavor Highlights

We often use lemon to add the citrus component to seafood recipes, but switch it up and try oranges instead. The flavor will definitely surprise you! Pairing it with ginger and honey will become your new favorite flavor combination.

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To Prepare This Sheet Pan Salmon Recipe You’ll Need

  • Salmon: Use fresh salmon or frozen filets. If using frozen filets, be sure you thaw them out in the refrigerator in advance prior to baking.
  • Snow Peas: If you can’t find snow peas, you can use snow peas or other green vegetables such as green beans or asparagus.
  • Ginger and Garlic: If you don’t want to peel and mince your own ginger and garlic, there are packaged options that come in a paste or are already pre-minced that you can buy. You can also use powdered ginger or garlic if you already have it on hand.
  • Red Onions: You can also substitute with shallots or green onions.
  • Oranges: Feel free to add orange zest to the sauce.
  • Soy Sauce: Use lower-sodium soy sauce if you can.
  • Honey: You can also use maple syrup or agave nectar.

Round plate with baked salmon and snow peas served with a side of sliced oranges.

Easy Recipe Steps to Make Ginger Salmon and Snow Peas

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Whisk together your marinade in a small bowl.
  3. Place the salmon and snow peas on a sheet pan.
  4. Top the salmon with garlic, ginger, and red onions.
  5. Drizzle the marinade over the salmon and snow peas
  6. Bake everything in the oven for about 12 to 15 minutes.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

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Meal Prep Tips for Honey Glazed Ginger Salmon

  • Other Cook Method: You can make this in a toaster oven or even in the Air Fryer (360F for 8 to 10 minutes).
  • To reheat: Reheat it in the microwave until it is warm. (about 2 minutes depending on your microwave settings).
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days for the best quality.
  • To Serve: Feel free to serve this with a side of rice pilaf or cauliflower rice.

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orange ginger salmon

Oven Baked Orange Ginger Salmon and Snow Peas

Sweet, sticky, and savory baked salmon with roasted snow peas all made in one sheet pan.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Asian
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • sheet pan
  • oven

Ingredients
  

  • 12 oz salmon
  • 8 oz snow peas
  • 1 orange (juiced)
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon ginger (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup red onions (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400F. In a small bowl, mix together the juice of an orange, soy sauce, and honey.
  • Place the salmon and snow peas on a sheet pan. Top the salmon with minced ginger and garlic. Top the snow peas with the diced red onions. Then, drizzle the marinade over both the salmon and veggies.
  • Bake in the oven for about 12 to 15 minutes. Enjoy with a side of sliced oranges for a refreshing palate cleanser!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are sugar snap peas and snow peas the same?

Snow peas are flatter, while sugar snap peas are more rounded. However, both have similar flavors and nutritional profile.


What temperature should salmon be cooked at?

USDA recommends cooking fish to an internal temperature of 145F.


Is it okay to eat the skin on salmon?

Yes, while salmon is known to provide healthy fats, much of that skin is also stored in the skin and is a good source of omega 3s.

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Baked Meatloaf Patties and Roasted Green Beans

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Love the comfort of meatloaf, but don’t want to wait too long for the prep? Here’s a twist on a meatloaf family favorite using burger patties.

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Round plate with beef patties covered in tomato sauce on top of roasted green beans.

While classic meatloaf recipes are normally baked in a loaf pan, we opted for using hamburger patties and baking them flat on a sheet pan. This definitely took less time than traditional meatloaf and was a huge time saver, and you still get the classic flavors of meatloaf that we all find comfort in.

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Why These Meatloaf Patties are Great for Meal Prep

  • The recipe uses budget-friendly ingredients
  • Everything can be cooked on one sheet pan
  • It’s a healthier version of meatloaf that still satisfies your tastebud

Round plate with beef patties covered in tomato sauce on top of roasted green beans.

Easy to Find Ingredients for Baked Meatloaf Patties

  • Lean Ground Beef Burger Patties: We used pre-made beef burger patties to save time on meal prep. However, you can definitely use any kind of ground meat and form your own burger patties
  • Green Beans: You can pair your patties with any kind of roasted veggies such as asparagus, broccoli, or even with mashed potatoes
  • Red Onions: Adding aromatics to anything always adds more flavor. You can also use sliced shallots or minced garlic
  • Tomato Sauce: You can even use leftover spaghetti sauce
  • Sugar: If you don’t want to use sugar, you can substitute it with honey. Adding a little bit of sweetness helps balance out the tartness of the tomato sauce
  • Olive Oil: Keep it heart-healthy with oil, and you can also use avocado oil

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Easy Instructions to Make Meatloaf Patties

  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Mix together the tomato sauce with the sugar, seasonings, and red onions.
  • Layer the beef patties on a lined sheet pan and top each patty with the tomato sauce.
  • Place the seasoned green beans on another sheet pan since they will cook faster.
  • Bake in the oven until the beef patties are fully cooked.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

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Meal Prep Tips for Meatloaf Patties

  • To Serve: You can serve these with a side of mashed potatoes, buttered pasta noodles, or even rice pilaf.
  • Leftovers: If you make a large batch and have leftovers, you can also enjoy these meatloaf patties in between toasted bread or hamburger buns.
  • To Store: You can store this in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days.

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Baked Meatloaf Patties and Roasted Green Beans

Get the homestyle taste of meatloaf, but with easy portions to prep for the week using hamburger patties.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • sheet pan
  • oven

Ingredients
  

  • 4 lean beef hamburger patties (3 oz each)
  • 8 oz green beans (washed and trimmed)
  • 1/4 cup red onions (diced)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. In a mixing bowl mix together the tomato sauce with the brown sugar, red onions, half of the paprika spice, half of the garlic powder seasoning, and half of the salt.
  • Place the hamburger patties on a sheet pan and evenly top each patty with the tomato sauce mixture. Place the green beans on another sheet pan and season with the paprika, garlic powder, and salt. Drizzle the green beans with olive oil.
  • Place both sheet pans in the oven and bake the green beans for 12 to 15 minutes. Bake the beef patties for at least 25 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do meat patties need breadcrumbs?

For this recipe, we did not use breadcrumbs like most traditional meatloaf recipes use because the patties were already formed and stuck together when they bake.


Do you have to put milk in meatloaf?

Milk is often added to meatloaf to help soak in the breadcrumbs. However, for this recipe, we did not use breadcrumbs and therefore did not use milk. This meatloaf patty version of the recipe is gluten-free and dairy free.


What meat do I use for meatloaf?

It is usually made with ground beef and sometimes includes a combination of pork or lamp. For this recipe, we only used ground beef, however, you can even use ground turkey or ground chicken.

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Rosemary Chicken with Potatoes and Artichokes

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Beautifully roasted Rosemary Chicken Thighs with potatoes and artichokes make for an elegant and comforting weeknight meal.

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Round plate with crispy chicken thighs, roasted potatoes and artichokes served with green arugula salad.

This lovely roasted chicken thigh recipe couldn’t be simpler to meal prep for yourself during a busy work week.

All you have to do is toss together the ingredients in one sheet pan and let the oven do the roasting. Round it out by serving it with a fresh arugula salad with a homemade lemon vinaigrette.

Rosemary and chicken have long been the perfect flavor combination. With crispy roasted potatoes and scattered artichoke hearts, it makes it for a decadent meal you won’t be able to resist.

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What are Artichoke Hearts?

  • The heart of an artichoke is the meaty part in the center that is hidden below the rough leaves of the globe artichoke.
  • The artichoke itself is very difficult to prep and takes quite some work to get to the edible parts, therefore, we often just buy canned or frozen artichoke hearts to keep it easy for meal prep.
  • Artichoke hearts can be used in pasta dishes, added to soups, or marinated and used as a salad topping.

Round plate with crispy chicken thighs, roasted potatoes and artichokes served with green arugula salad.

Recipe Ingredient and Variations:

  • Chicken Thighs: We used chicken thighs because you can get a tasty crispy skin when the chicken is roasted. However, if you want to keep this meal lean, you can also use chicken breast or chicken tenderloins.
  • Potato and Artichokes: This is a sheet pan recipe where we roasted the vegetables alongside the chicken thighs for minimal dishes.
  • Seasonings: We kept it simple with rosemary, paprika, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Olive oil: Coating your ingredients with olive oil helps give the ingredients a good crisp texture while it roasts in the oven.
  • More flavor: To add more flavor, you can also use fresh herbs such as basil, green onions, minced garlic, shallots, or even the zest of a lime or lemon.

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How to Make Rosemary Baked Chicken Thighs

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. In a small bowl, mix together the seasonings.
  2. Next, cut the red baby potatoes into 1-inch cubes. Drain the artichokes if you purchased them canned. Cut them into quarters.
  3. Place both the chicken and vegetables on a sheet pan and sprinkle them with the seasonings and coat them with olive oil.
  4. Bake everything in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F and the skin is nice and golden brown.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Glass meal prep container with crispy chicken thighs, roasted potatoes and artichokes.

Meal Prep Tips for Roasted Rosemary Chicken

  • Diet Friendliness: To keep this recipe low carb, you can use non-starchy vegetables such as cauliflower florets, yellow squash, zucchini, or asparagus instead of the red baby potatoes.
  • Artichokes: If you use frozen artichokes, you can skip the step of thawing them out because the steam arising during the cooking process can help keep the chicken moist and juicy.
  • To Serve: Serve with a fresh side salad or fluffy rice pilaf.
  • To store: Store it in an airtight container for up to 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.

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Rosemary Baked Chicken Thighs with Roasted Potatoes and Artichokes

Crispy, Baked Chicken with Tangy Artichokes and Crispy Potatoes.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • sheet pan
  • oven

Ingredients
  

Chicken and Vegetables

  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 cup artichoke hearts (canned and drained)
  • 2 red baby potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Salad and Dressing

  • 4 cups arugula
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Cut the red baby potatoes and cut them into 1-inch cubes. Drain the artichoke hearts from the can and cut the hearts into quarters. In a small bowl, mix together the rosemary, paprika, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Place the chicken, baby potatoes, and artichokes into a baking dish. Evenly sprinkle everything with the seasonings and coat them with olive oil.
  • Bake everything in the oven for about 35 to 40 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F.
  • While the chicken and vegetables are baking, whisk together the lemon vinaigrette. After everything cooks, enjoy the chicken and vegetables with a side of arugula salad drizzled with the homemade lemon vinaigrette.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does artichoke hearts taste like?

After they are cooked, the texture softens and produces a flavor similar to asparagus, celery, and brussels sprouts. 


Can you eat artichokes raw?

They are edible, however, most people prefer them cooked as they will have a stronger, bitter flavor. Cooking also softens the fibers and makes for an easier chew. 


What are other ways to cook artichokes?

You can boil them, grill them, braise them, and also steam them.

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Instant Pot Pork Carnitas Tostadas

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This Instant Pot Pork Carnitas is a game changer for your weekly dinner meal prep! It tastes as if it came from a restaurant, but you don’t have to break the budget by making it yourself at home.

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Plate with pork carnitas on tostada shells topped with fresh pico de gallo and served with a side salad.

What Are Pork Carnitas?

Carnitas is a Mexican pork dish that usually uses inexpensive cuts of pork which uses inexpensive cuts of pork, making it an ideal ingredient for weekly meal prep.

The pork is then braised or simmered for hours with seasonings until it is so tender that you can shred it with a fork.

Since we want to keep meal prep quick and easy, we are going to skip the long hours of cooking the pork and take advantage of our Instant Pot and pressure cook it so that it can be ready in just a little over an hour.

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Here’s What You Need to Make Pork Carnitas

  • Pork: We used a skinless, boneless pork shoulder
  • Citrus Fruits: We added lime and orange to brighten up the dish with citrus flavors
  • Aromatics: Onions and garlic cloves add a ton of flavor to your cooking
  • Herbs: We used cilantro for a fresh herb flavor
  • Tostada shells: After cooking the pork we are going to serve it on top of a tostada shell

Ingredients for pork carnitas that include red onions, seasonings, cilantro, green onion, lime, orange, and pork.

Ingredients for pork carnitas that include red onions, seasonings, cilantro, green onion, lime, orange, and pork.

How to Make Instant Pot Carnitas

  1. Place the pork in the bottom of the instant pot.
  2. Sprinkle in the seasonings and add the red onions, garlic cloves, and chopped cilantro.
  3. Squeeze in the juice of the lime and oranges and leave the peels in the pot.
  4. Add a little bit of water and seal the lid.
  5. Cook on medium setting for 45 minutes.
  6. After the pork cooks, carefully release the steam and remove the lid.
  7. Remove the pork from the pot and shred the meat with two forks.
  8. Serve on top of tostadas with additional toppings.

Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.

Plate with pork carnitas on tostada shells topped with fresh pico de gallo and served with a side salad.

Meal Prep Tips for Instant Pot Pork Carnitas

  • Optional cook tip: In traditional carnitas recipes, the last step is to crisp up the shredded pork by sauteeing it in a pan. You can also place the shredded pork on a sheet pan and roast them in the oven until it is crispy before serving it.
  • What to serve with pork carnitas: You can serve it in a soft tortilla with shredded cabbage and top it off with sour cream, cheese, or avocado slices.
  • Large Batches: Increase the serving size of the recipe and make a large batch that you can freeze. Store it in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze it for up to 3 months for the best quality.
  • Storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days for the best quality.

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pork carnitas

Instant Pot Pork Carnitas Tostadas with Pico de Gallo

Savory and tendor pork carnitas cooked in the Instant Pot served on top of crispy tostada shells and a fresh side salad.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Course lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 2

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • Instant Pot

Ingredients
  

Pork Carnitas and Tostadas

  • 12 oz boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 lime
  • 2 oranges
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup red onions (sliced)
  • 2 garlic cloves (peeled)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)

Pico de Gallo

  • 2 roma tomatoes (diced)
  • 1/4 cup red onions (diced)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 each lime (juiced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Other Ingredients

  • 4 cups spring mix
  • 4 tostada shells

Instructions
 

  • Place the pork shoulder in the bottom of the instant pot. Sprinkle in the seasonings and add the red onions, garlic cloves, and chopped cilantro. Squeeze in the orange juice and lime juice. Leave the peels in the pot and pour in the water.
  • Cover the instant pot with the lid making sure it is in the sealed position. Cook on medium setting for 45 minutes (Note: if you do not have an instant pot, you can use a slow cooker on high for 4 to 6 hours)
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the pico de gallo.
  • After the pork cooks, carefully release the steam. Separate the pork from the excess liquid. Use two forks to shred the pork into small pieces. Serve the pork carnitas on top of tostada shells with pico de gallo and a side salad.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make slow cooker carnitas?

Yes, you can cook it on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 6 to 7 hours.


What are other ways to use carnitas?

You can serve them in burritos, in quesadillas, or make sliders with them. They are also a delicious filling for scrambled eggs or omelettes.


What is the difference between carnitas and barbacoa?

Carnitas is made with pork while barbacoa is normally made with beef cheek.