Although it may not seem like it because of my depressing and controversial articles, sometimes I find myself at my happiest with the simplest things. And in my eyes, there’s no simpler pleasure than making a good home cooked meal.
It’s no secret that I love food (You only need to see a picture of me a couple years back to prove it) Over the last few years, i’ve worked a number of kitchen and barista jobs in order to expand myself in my cooking abilities, and recently, I am currently working on an online masters by the Cordon Bleu Academy. Out of the many things I’ve learned throughout the years, I’ve come to learn that a good and nutritious meal doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive.
So without further ado, here is a cheap and easy recipe to try to expand your cooking skills.
Makes 10 servings
-1kg of Jasmine Rice
-500g (uncooked) ground beef 96%
-100g Egg Whites (5 Eggs if you want to use yolks)
-200g Pancetta or Bacon
– 2 Bouquets of Chives
– 1 Head of Garlic
– 2 Heads of Broccolini (or Stir Fry mix)
– 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
– 2 Tablespoons of Rice Vinegar
– Sesame (Optional)
– Fried Onion (Optional)
I. Cook sushi rice and let it rest for 1 hour (You can find a traditional Sushi Rice recipe here)
II. In a Wok or Large Pan, add a tablespoon of Olive Oil and then add 100 g of Egg Whites (You can use 5 Whole Eggs if you want more color and flavor)
III. Take the egg out a little raw and put it on a separate plate, this to prevent it from burning when you put it back in.
IV. WITHOUT TURNING OFF THE FIRE, add one more tablespoon of Olive Oil, and add 500g of Seasoned Ground Beef to your liking.
V. Wait about 3 minutes and again take out the meat. Like the egg, we want the meat to be a little raw to avoid burning it.
VI. Add the pancetta first, and then the vegetables and the couscous (The pancetta already has fat, so it is not necessary to add more oil) Cook and move constantly so that all the sides get to know each other.
VII. With the cooked vegetables, add the rice and shake vigorously. In the same way, add your mixture of Soy, Hoisin Sauce and Chili Flakes to your liking.
VII. Wait 3 minutes, and add the proteins again. Finally, let it cook, moving constantly to avoid burning. (Pro tip: if you want some burnt pieces, leave 2 minutes without moving)
IX. Now ready, add Fried Onion and Sesame to your liking.
This is a great recipe as well for those looking to enter the world of Meal Prepping, as it leaves us with a complete and healthy meal to store and reserve throughout the week. The Calories and Macros are as follows:
Calories (Per serving): 542 cal
Making recipes and cooking for people is part of my love language: Making and serving food for other people is just so rewarding. When I went to college, and after, I was often the only person in the group who knew how to cook. The challenge of turning out competent meals on a tight budget, using a hotplate and a toaster oven, made me get very creative. It was all kinds of fun.
This is Chef Jean Gusteau, singing off.