Weekly Meal Plan: Chinese New Year
So, I’m not quite suggesting that you go full out and eat Chinese / Asian food every single night next week, but to celebrate one of my favourite food holidays, Chinese New Year on January 25th (it’s year of the rat, by the way) I thought my first Weekly Meal Plan of the year could be a great way to share some of my favourite Chinese, Chinese-inspired, and other Asian recipes in case you’re planning your own Chinese New Year feast!
Monday: Kimchee Fried Cauliflower Rice
Kimchee Fried Rice is one of my all time favourite comfort foods, but because it is January, and because I like to do a #MeatFreeMonday here I’ve got a lighter, cauliflower-rice version, naturally vegan (in case you’re also doing #Veganuary) unless you plan to top it with a (very crispy and delicious) sesame oil fried egg.
I’ve been making this super quick, super simple pork dish for dinner loads this month: it is also delicious served with sesame pak choi rather than regular blanched, or tatsoi stir fried in coconut oil.
Wednesday: Weeknight Chinese Chicken Noodles
Sometimes nothing but a big bowl of saucy noodles will do. I usually make these Chinese chicken noodles with a mix of different coloured peppers, but if you fancy bulking them out a few more veggies or switching it up a little, any veg you’d usually mix into a stir fry would also be delicious here.
This Korean steak stir fry is one of the recipes I make the most from the blog as J loves it packed up in tupperware to put in the microwave for lunch at work. Usually I serve it with a mountain of jasmine rice, but sometimes if we’re in the mood / we’ve run out I stir cooked rice noodles into the pan at the last minute.
I made this fresh, healthy(er) take on sweet and sour pork with egg fried rice and a bright rhubarb sauce for Chinese New Year last year and it was so popular! Honestly, the rhubarb sauce really makes it taste like sweet and sour, but with the added bonus that you’re using seasonal produce.