Monday, December 29, 2008

The Answer to No More Boring Leftovers

Sometimes I like to use the weekend to prepare meals for the week ahead - especially when I know I have a lot on my plate. But I also don't necessarily like to rely on leftovers. It's easy to get burnt out after eating the same thing three days in a row. Which is why I got the idea to prepare a base using ground turkey that I could use to make multiple meals throughout the week.

I combined the turkey with some other basic ingredients and a marinade that would keep the turkey moist and flavorful. Then I kept it tightly wrapped in the refrigerator, taking out only the amount that I need each day.  

It may appear that there's a lot of specialized ingredients, but these simple and inexpensive additions to your cabinet will enable you to make a huge amount of asian dishes, so it really is worth it!  You can alter the marinade as you wish.

Asian Ground Meat Marinade

Serves for three-four meals
Leftover Potential: made for more interesting leftovers.  Provides 3-4 meals.

1 lb. ground turkey, pork, or other meat
1 container mushrooms, finely chopped
1 bunch scallions, finely chopped
5 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 Tbsp ginger, finely minced
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 Tbsp  fish sauce
1/8 cup rice vinegar
1 Tbsp cayenne pepper

1. Mix ingredients to combine.  Add more ingredients as necessary.

***Check following posts for the meals made using this mixture.

Other options:
-saute the ground meat with veggies and noodles for a stir fry.
- saute the ground meat and serve with lettuce leaves and raw veggies for wraps.
-form the meat into balls, cook until done, and cover with a spicy curry or other sauce.  

1 comment:

  1. I made this, and it made a TON! I was surprised. Now, did you mean for it to be a tablespoon of cayenne? I used a teaspoon, and the meat was just on the edge of too hot.