Meal kits are a great way to make mealtime quick and easy!! It took me about 10 minutes max to have 4 chicken stir fry kits prepared and in the freezer. I used pre-cut frozen stir-fry veggies, but you could use any of your favorites. I also used pre-cooked chicken for convenience, but of course you could cook your own or even use raw chicken and just cook it a little longer at meal time.
I know it might seem silly to pay more for the convenience of pre cut veggies and pre cut/cooked chicken. Some days I might agree with you, but my goal is to make eating healthy as easy as possible. That’s why I used to eat so unhealthy – because it was convenient!! If I can remove that excuse by making healthy meals just as convenient, there’s one less obstacle to deal with.
I started with a giant bag of stir fry veggies from Wal-Mart. I discarded the sauce packets because I add my own sauce later. I know that is wasteful, but it was cheaper to buy the big bag with the sauce packets than to buy smaller bags of veggies only. I already had 4 servings (4 oz each) of chicken in baggies in my freezer.
I measured out 3 cups of the stir-fry veggies into a bag, added the baggie of chicken, and my meal kit was done! The kits then go into a large freezer bag and go back in the freezer until you are ready to use! (Note: I prefer to use 1 1/2 cups of stir fry veggies and 1 1/2 cups of broccoli, but I didn’t have any broccoli on hand this time.)
I think it important to keep the chicken separate if you are using raw chicken. If you are using pre-cooked chicken, I think you could just throw it all together in the same bag. Since I already had my chicken portioned out, it made sense for me just to add the bag of chicken on top of my veggies.
To serve, I start with 2 tsp of olive or grapeseed oil in a large skillet. (The day that I have this is the one day I can guarantee I get my healthy oils in that WW recommends. I always struggle with this!) I add in the veggies and chicken and just fry it all together, stirring frequently (as the name implies – stir & fry!).
When everything is cooked to my liking, I add in my 2 Tbsp of teriyaki sauce. I use a sauce called Den Teriyaki that my friend found at Marc’s, but you can use any sauce you like….just watch the calories. Try to use a sauce that has around 25 calories per tablespoon. You can completely destroy a healthy meal with a heavy/fatty sauce if you aren’t careful. Anyway, after I add the sauce, I continue to stir and fry for a couple minutes, until the sauce is warm. Check out the nice large serving!! (It looks better when I have more broccoli!)
This meal is based on a recipe from The Hungry Girl Diet book, and it has quickly become a favorite. The flavor is awesome, and I love that I can have a huge serving for only 7 Points+.
- 1½ cups broccoli (fresh or frozen)
- 1½ cups stir-fry vegetables (without noodles or sauce)
- 4 oz cooked chicken (or 5 oz raw)
- 2 tsp grapeseed or olive oil
- 2 Tbsp teriyaki sauce (25 calories per Tbsp)
- Label plastic bags first. (Trust me - it's much easier!)
- Put 1½ cups of broccoli and 1½ cups stir fry veggies into your plastic bag.
- Add 4 oz of cooked chicken to your bag. (If you are using raw chicken, use 5 oz and put it in a separate bag BEFORE adding to your meal kit.)
- Label a large freezer bag.
- Put multiple meal kits into the large freezer bag and put them in the freezer!
- Add 2 tsp grapeseed or olive oil to a skillet over medium heat.
- If you are using raw chicken, add that to the skillet first. Once it is mostly cooked, add the veggies.
- If you are using precooked chicken, just dump your entire meal kit into the skillet.
- Stir frequently and fry about 10 minutes - until the veggies and chicken and heated throughout and the veggies start to brown just a bit.
- Add 2 Tbsp teriyaki sauce to the skillet.
- Stir well. Cook and stir about 2 more minutes to warm up the sauce.
- Serve meal on large plate!
Points+ value was calculated without veggies, since these veggies are 0 points+. Full nutrition stats include vegetables.