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    A recent graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, I found myself with no money, no kitchen equipment, and an exceptionally huge appetite. Ideas, improvisations, and yummy meal solutions were discovered in the kitchen of my very first apartment.
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    The Answer to No More Boring Leftovers

    Sometimes I like to use the weekend to prepare meals for the week ahead – especially when I know I have a lot on my plate. But I also don’t necessarily like to rely on leftovers. It’s easy to get burnt out after eating the same thing three days in a row. Which is why I got the idea to prepare a base using ground turkey that I could use to make multiple meals throughout the week.

    I combined the turkey with some other basic ingredients and a marinade that would keep the turkey moist and flavorful. Then I kept it tightly wrapped in the refrigerator, taking out only the amount that I need each day.  


    It may appear that there’s a lot of specialized ingredients, but these simple and inexpensive additions to your cabinet will enable you to make a huge amount of asian dishes, so it really is worth it!  You can alter the marinade as you wish. 

    Asian Ground Meat Marinade


    Serves for three-four meals
    Leftover Potential: made for more interesting leftovers.  Provides 3-4 meals.

    1 lb. ground turkey, pork, or other meat
    1 container mushrooms, finely chopped
    1 bunch scallions, finely chopped
    5 cloves garlic, finely minced
    2 Tbsp ginger, finely minced
    1/3 cup soy sauce
    3 Tbsp  fish sauce
    1/8 cup rice vinegar
    1 Tbsp cayenne pepper

    1. Mix ingredients to combine.  Add more ingredients as necessary.

    ***Check following posts for the meals made using this mixture.

    Other options:
    -saute the ground meat with veggies and noodles for a stir fry.
    – saute the ground meat and serve with lettuce leaves and raw veggies for wraps.
    -form the meat into balls, cook until done, and cover with a spicy curry or other sauce.  

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    One Response

    1. I made this, and it made a TON! I was surprised. Now, did you mean for it to be a tablespoon of cayenne? I used a teaspoon, and the meat was just on the edge of too hot.

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