Can I get a hallelujah for longer days?! It was 6:15 yesterday evening and it was still full of light outside. This is one of my most favorite times of the year. Not sure I’ll be saying that when I have kids (I hear it’s horrendous for babies) but I’ll embrace it for now. I also brought back some Caribbean weather with me! It’s supposed to be in the mid-50’s all week. I’m starting to think all things Spring. Like fresh produce and fruit that you can get in the warmer months. Ugh, makes me envious of the Californians and their year-round awesomeness ;)
It’s so good to be back home after being out of the country for 7 days. It was a nice (unintentional) break from all things technology since the wifi on board the Regal Princess wasn’t the greatest, BUT it was also nice to check email and blog comments once a day. I sit in front of the computer every day at my full-time job and check emails & comments ALL.THE.TIME. and to only check once a day is kind of liberating. As much as I hated being disconnected, it was actually really nice in the end and something I kind of want to adopt into my everyday routine. You think I can manage that? I should try! I know I’m late to the game for Lent but maybe give up checking emails/comments all day except for 7 in the evening?? Hmmm…challenge accepted!
I mentioned a few weeks ago that Jason and I have jumped on the Blue Apron train since I finished my manuscript. My creative juices have been running low and even though I have my entire blog of recipes and 70 new recipes from my cookbook to choose from for dinner, we still have difficulties figuring out what to eat for dinner. I know, #firstworldproblem, right? I think the main thing is getting to the grocery store. I’m perfectly fine with making whatever from wherever but the problem is ingredients and getting to the store after work. Which is why we’re totally loving Blue Apron right now.
I know this also sounds like a total ad for them but it’s not, I promise! We use our own money to buy our meals nothing about this is an affiliate thing. We just truly love the service. Not to mention their recipes! This recipe actually is from them. We fell in love with this recipe and we went to the international grocery and bought this 10-pound bag of rice cakes, haha…the original recipe called for ground pork and gai lan but we substituted with ground turkey and bok-choy. You seriously have to try to make this recipe. The flavors are explosive and the slightly sweet and spicy notes are so perfect. The sauce coats the rice cakes perfectly! Korean rice cakes with spicy turkey ragu and bok choy is a unique dish that will expand your taste palette!
These will expand your taste palette with its unique flavor combination!
- 3/4 pound ground turkey
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 piece of ginger, finely chopped
- 6 bunches bok choy, rinsed and roughly chopped
- 4 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
- 4 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons garlic black bean sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Gochujang paste (or more depending on your spice level)
- 1/2 cup water
- 12 ounces Korean rice cakes
- Brown and break up the ground turkey in a large skillet over medium-high heat using a wooden spoon or spatula. Add the garlic, onion, and ginger to the pan and saute until fragrant and onion has softened, about 5 minutes.
- In the meantime, bring a medium pot of water to a boil.
- Add the bok choy, soy sauce, heavy cream, garlic black bean sauce, and gochujang paste to the skillet. Cook until bok choy has wilted. Add the water and let mixture thicken then stir to incorporate. Lower the heat to low and let mixture simmer.
- While the mixture is simmering, add rice cakes to the pot of boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until softened.
- Drain the rice cakes well then add it to the turkey ragu mixture. Remove skillet from heat then toss rice cakes in the mixture to incorporate.
- Season with salt and pepper then serve hot.
The Asian/Korean section of your local supermarket should have sweet soy sauce, garlic black bean sauce, and Gochujang paste. If not, you can use the Amazon links above to buy them online. If you have a difficult time finding Korean rice cakes, you can easily use regular pasta for the rice cakes and/or white rice. If you cannot find sweet soy sauce, you can add 1/2 tablespoon of brown sugar to your regular soy sauce.
Slightly adapted from the original recipe from Blue Apron
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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