This week’s meal prep is Asian inspired – specifically, a Vietnamese cuisine inspired salad. I plan to have an actual carb source with this salad – I would have loved to make rice or rice noodles but between prepping what you see pictured and getting sucked into Football Sunday, I decided to stick to something easy that I already have – like a side of toast or rice cakes. A little weird but hey, just keepin’ it real… I still got my mealprep in 🙂 I may also possible make rice tonight for the rest of the week. In any case, I wanted to note that rice/noodles would make sense to add to this meal. Here’s how it all came together:
Vietnamese Sausage Patties:
- 1 lb lean ground pork (I think ground turkey or chicken would be great too, I just already had pork!)
- 0.5 Tbsp fish sauce (will probably use less next time… it’s pretty fragrant, a little goes a looooonnngggg way.)
- A bunch of basil (like 6 large leaves, chopped up. I was pretty liberal with my basil usage)
- 0.5 tsp salt
- 3 cloves garlic
- chopped chilies (for some heat)
Mixed everything together, and form patties. I baked them for about 25 min at 375, however I actually prefer pan frying them and will probably stick to that in the future.
Quick Pickled Veggies:
The typical combination is carrots and daikon but since the store I went to did not have daikon, I substituted Jicama. I also added radish. I grated the carrots (Used about 4 med sized ones) and jicama (1 med size) and sliced the radishes. Divided it all between two jars. For the brine I boiled: 2 cups water, 1 cup white vinegar, 2 Tbsp maple syrup, 1 tsp pink sea salt. Once it all came to a boil, I turned off the heat and poured the liquid evenly between the two jars. I let it cool a little bit and then put the lids on and put the jars in the fridge.
I also washed/sliced some cucumbers and lettuce to complete the salad. I have a little rice vinegar dressing to go over the salad (just rice vinegar and honey). I also think that something similar to the Vietnamese dipping fish sauce would be nice too. That’s it! Easy to throw together, and full of flavor.