Siskiyou Cooks + Chefs: Prep for these Thai-inspired dishes

Lauri Sturdivant
Siskiyou Cooks + Chefs
These Thai-inspired dishes are quick and easy, especially if you prep ahead.

Meal prep is how I make sure that I eat well all week, but it does not have to boring. Meal prep takes some planning, but once the ingredients are ready it takes minutes to put them together. This morning I spent about an hour and a half to prep this week’s meals. I will spend minutes putting the prepped chicken and vegetables together for lunch and dinner. 

Lauri Sturdivant writes the Siskiyou Cooks + Chefs column for the Mt. Shasta Area Newspapers and Siskiyou Daily News.

Here’s my Thai-inspired meal prep. 

My grocery list:  Chicken breast, frozen cauliflower rice (it is really simple to make, but I keep a few bags of frozen), cabbage, snow peas, lime, green onions, carrot, celery, mung bean sprouts, ginger, mushrooms, lettuce, a bunch of radishes and a jalapeño pepper. Pantry items include fish sauce, tamari, and a box of stock. 

I only used one pot and one pan. I cooked the rice as directed then using the same pot I warmed the stock for my Thai-inspired soup. I split the breasts through the middle and pounded them to so they would cook evenly. I pan fried the chicken and removed it then stir fried ginger, celery, carrots and mushrooms then removed and cooked the cabbage and did the same with the bean sprouts. 

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I sliced half of the radishes to use as a garnish and chopped the rest for a salad or two. I shredded the cabbage and stir fried more than half saving some for some Cole slaw and to add to a salad. I chopped the green onions and jalapeño to add to a salad or for a bright component to future meals.  I used the whole and raw snow peas raw.

Thai-inspired soup: Place stir fried cabbage, mushroom mix, bean sprouts and chicken in a bowl. Pour hot stock over it and add sliced radishes, green onions, jalapeño, a wedge of lime and season with Thai sauce. 

Thai-inspired Buddha bowl: Place rice, mushroom mix, bean sprouts and chicken into a bowl. Garnish with snow peas and green onions. Flavor with Thai sauce and tamari or soy sauce. 

Thai sauce: This dressing is salty and sweet with an umami goodness. Fish sauce is made from anchovies and is available in most markets.

Mix two tbsp fresh lime juice, two tbsp fish sauce, one tbsp sugar in a jar and shake well. 

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Lauri Sturdivant is interested in how our friends and families gather around a table sharing meals and telling stories. In this column she shares recipes and stories from people in Siskiyou County, and restaurant reviews from her travels. Read full interviews, find recipes and reviews at TheBillPlate.com.