Even as a young professional, I really try to cook dinner from scratch each night. But sometimes I'm too tired. So, when I go on my weekly Aldi trip, I try to pick out at least one easy instant meal where less thinking is required.
My roommate recently inspired me with her choice of Sweet & Sour chicken for dinner one night (it smelled incredible). So, while I stood in the frozen-section of Aldi, my eye caught this bag of $5.99 Sweet & Sour Chicken by Fusia Asian Ingredients. Into the cart it went!
Tonight was the night. I'm exhausted. I was tempted to cook but decided against it. I reached for that Sweet & Sour Chicken bag in the freezer. As soon as I opened it, I could smell the pineapple! Inside there are two little bags (sauce and rice) and then veggies + pineapple at the bottom. Now, I'm a bit skeptic of frozen meat in instant meals (#mysterymeat). This chicken, however, was finely grilled and actually looked normal. The pineapple and veggies were brightly colored. I loved how the little rice pack was included!
First, you place the sauce packet in warm water. Toss the rice in the microwave for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, you add the veggies + pineapple to a skillet with a 1/4 cup of water and let it simmer until heated through (about 5-7 mins). I think the water was a bit too much so I drained some of it out. I added the sauce - it was super tangy - and let it simmer with the veggies. The rice was perfectly cooked in the microwave and not dry at all. Pour the sauce over the rice and bon appetite! I put this together in under 10 minutes. I think this would be just enough for two people to eat. I had a little bit of sauce leftover but no rice.
The flavor was incredible, ingredients list simple, the veggies colorful and crisp. Easy lunch or dinner!
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