We love Panda Express but you know what doesn’t like Panda Express our wallet. So we decided to take a wack at making our own Panda.
Okay so first let’s start with the Teriyaki meatball. Our in house nutritionist has been known to get fancy with the ingredients but for these we decided to keep it simple. Realllllll simple you see theres this magically product that we discovered while scouring the grocery store and…..Boom! Aidells Teriyaki Pineapple Meatballs. There they are like a glittering hope of a easy dinner. Just follow instructions for cooking these golden nuggets of easy. The macros on them aren’t bad either! For 3 meatball your looking at
Carbs: 5 grams
Fat: 8 grams
Okay so now we come to the most important and delicious the lo mien. Now get this…you ready? The noodles are Top Ramen…we know weknow shocked face right the trick is under cook the noodles for 2-3 under they’re soft and not a big brick but also they’re not soupy like traditional ramen noodles. Next We naturally add some veggies, because if we’re going to feed our family ramen we have to make it health right? It’s nothing fancy no baby bok or crazy asian veggie that you can only find in southwest asian after a 20 mile hike through the jungle. Nope for this recipe we got the basics Celery, Cabbage, Yellow Onion, Carrots, and some Zuchini . Easy right? Now if you’re going to meal prep this meal we would suggest undercooking this recipes. That way your veggies don’t get soggy. For meal prep get a frying pan and heat to medium/high heat with a touch of oil so the veggies don’t stick. **Note – We would highly suggest investing in a cooper pan. They are a life saver for your macros and diet. No wasted fats or oils are used to cook your food. They really are non-stick*
Now first you want to get your onion , celery , and cabbage let them sauté until they have soften slightly (Meal Prep we would only suggest cooking them for a minute or two, they will cook more in the microwave remember no soggy veggies). Then add your carrots and zuchini just let them cook for 1 minute. ( Again for meal prep we suggest not cooking the zucchini at all, zucchini has a high water content so as they cook they leak.) Pull those veggies off. Before we make the sauce put a pot of boiling water for the ramen. Let’s make some sauce. Again the teriyaki sauce is easy peasy only 2 ingredients Soy sauce and Brown Sugar. We used Truvia Brown Sugar, it has 75% less calories then regular brown sugar. (no worries if you don’t have Truvia, brown sugar will work just as well.) Now just get your soy sauce and brown sugar and whisk your life away and BOOM the sauce is done.
Now mix all the deliciousness together and we have a Better Then Panda dinner.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Aidells Teriyaki Pineapple Meatballs
Top Ramen (no packet)
1/2 Cup of Celery
1 Cup of Cabbage
1/2 Cup of Yellow Onion
1/2 Cup of Carrots
1 Cup of Zucchini
1/4 Cup of Truvia Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup of Soy Sauce
*Optional 1 tablespoon of those for pan*
- Buy Aidells Teriyaki Pineapple Meatballs ( Follow packet instuctions how to cook)
- Chop Veggies into bite size pieces about 1/2 an inch each.
- Put a pot of water to boil
- Heat a pan to medium high heat, add the chopped celery, cabbage,and onion. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until tender but not fully cooked. (For meal prep severely undercook.)
- While veggies cook mix the brown sugar and soy sauce together and whisk.
- Next add the zucchini and carrots to other cooked mixed veggies.
- Add the sauce to the veggies and simmer on low heat.
- Cook ramen for 1-2 minutes until tender but not translucent
- Mix all the ingredients togther and serve!
- Optional add siracha and red pepper flakes for spiciness.