On any given weeknight, there is one question that becomes the main topic of conversation with my husband – “what are we having for dinner tonight?”. Meal prepping removes the stress from figuring out what to make every night after work, as well as those frantic evenings when you’re trying to figure out what to pack for lunch the next day.
Meal prepping may seem a bit intimidating at first but having a plan, the right prep tools and great recipes will make the process a breeze! Kitchen Stuff Plus has everything you need to meal prep successfully, whether you’re a beginner or pro! Today I’ll be sharing one of my favourite meal prep friendly recipes I use on rotation. With grocery prices on the rise, meal prepping will also help reduce food waste and high food costs, plus you’ll be able to make healthy family meals with minimal effort on weekdays!
Thai Larb is a quick, easy and vibrant pork dish originating from Laos. I love that this dish can be served with rice or lettuce wraps, and either hot or cold, making it easy to change up your meal from one day to the next. I packed a few rice bowls using the KSP Clip It Glass Containers and a few rice + lettuce wraps using the KSP Divided Glass Containers. These KSP Clip it Containers are incredibly easy to snap open and shut and come in so many sizes, you could prep just about anything using only this collection! I especially loved that the lids of the divided glass containers also had a seal to prevent mixing between the two compartments. This was the perfect container to add in the lettuce wraps without worrying about the greens wilting!
Thai Larb uses humble ingredients, but the outcome is a deliciously tangy and bright dish! Aside from the pork, toasted rice is crushed using a mortar & pestle, giving this dish a bit of crunch and nuttiness. I have to mention the KSP Easy Lock Canisters too – they’ve made my meal prepping days so much easier! They open with a quick lift of the handle all while keeping ingredients fresh with the airtight lid.
The abundance of fresh herbs makes this recipe shine. I used this herb zoom roller which helped save me a ton of prep time. It easily glides over the herbs, chopping them to the perfect size and the twist-to-hide-blades safety feature is so innovative! For mixing and storing leftovers, I used the KSP Vibe Glass Mixing Bowls set. Each size has a different coloured lid making it easy to figure out which lid goes with which bowl; so helpful when you’re moving swiftly around the kitchen on meal prep Sundays!
This recipe is a great option to get you started with meal prepping for you and your family, or just to add to your recipe collection but before you get started, don’t forget to check out KSP for all your meal prep tools, gadgets, containers and more!
2 tbsp uncooked rice
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 lb ground pork (or meat of your choice)
3 shallots, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 tbsp lemongrass, minced
1 tsp chili flakes
½ tsp sugar
2 tbsp fish sauce
2 limes, juiced
1 cup red cabbage, chopped thinly
½ cup fresh mint. chopped
¼ cup Thai basil
Rice and/or Boston Lettuce, for serving
- Toast rice grains in pan over low heat. Stir continuously until golden and fragrant (10-15 minutes). Once cooled, use mortar & pestle to grind into a coarse powder. Set aside.
- Heat skillet (or wok) over medium heat and add garlic and lemongrass. Stir 2-3 minutes until fragrant. Add ground pork and stir-fry until browned and fully cooked. Add sugar, fish sauce and lime juice and mix until well combined (1 minute).
- Remove from heat and mix in rice powder, chili flakes, shallots, cabbage, mint and basil. Adjust seasoning to your taste. Serve with rice or lettuce.
Christine Kozovski is a new mom, food photographer and health & safety professional based out of Toronto Ontario. She shares her passion for food through easy and fresh recipes that can be found on her blog and Instagram account. She gets her food inspiration from her parents, growing up with both Asian and Mediterranean influences as well as places she’s travelled. Her adventurous side shines through when she gets to explore new cities and try new foods. She’s excited to start a different type of adventure now that her family has grown to include her 10 month old son.