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Weeknight Takeout – Thai Sweet Chili Brussels Sprouts

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With an (almost) teenager, juggling a 50-plus hour a week career, and solo parenting, I struggle during the week nights to make a meal that both my daughter and I can enjoy that is still quick and easy.  I admit, I pick up take out more times than I really should, or we eat “leftovers” from the weekend meals for several meals during the week.

I pin so many meals on Pinterest with the intention of making them, but after a 30-minute commute battling traffic, I just don’t have the energy to tackle an hour-plus prep on a meal.  I am looking for ways to cut that time in half.

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Thankfully, the new InnovAsian Frozen Cuisine (available at Walmart), allows me to stress less about what’s for dinner, and spend more time catching up on middle school gossip.

So for a week night dinner last week, I tried out three InnovAsian products: General Tso’s Chicken, Orange Chicken and Chicken Lo Mein.

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For an added vegetable option, I made a Thai Sweet Chili Brussels Sprouts dish that complimented the flavors perfectly.

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The entire meal – start to finish – was ready in less than 20 minutes.   You heard me.  20 MINUTES.  That’s faster than takeout, and definitely as good.

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What I love is that all the flavors were bold, thick, and weren’t watered down like some of their competitors.  The all-white meat chicken had a great, light tempura batter that crisped up right in the oven.  The vegetables in the lo mein were fresh and crispy, not soggy and bland.

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The brussels sprouts were cooked on the stove top while the chicken dishes warmed up in the oven.   I cooked the brussels sprouts according to the package directions: I boiled them on the stove top, but you could also steam them in the microwave. I made a side Thai Sweet Chili sauce while the veggies were cooking, with ingredients I had on hand.

Brussels Sprouts
Thai Sweet Chili Brussels Sprouts
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The sweet and sour sauce leaves a little spice on your tongue - a perfect compliment for Asian dishes, like the InnovAsian Frozen Cuisine meals.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Brussels Sprouts
Thai Sweet Chili Brussels Sprouts
Print Recipe
The sweet and sour sauce leaves a little spice on your tongue - a perfect compliment for Asian dishes, like the InnovAsian Frozen Cuisine meals.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prepare frozen brussel sprouts according to package directions (boil on stove-top or steam in microwave). Drain, if necessary when cooked thoroughly.
  2. Place all ingredients except the cornstarch-water slurry, in a sauce pan or pot. Bring to a rolling boil.
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  3. Reduce heat to medium and let boil for 10 minutes, or until reduced by half. Reduce heat to low and add the cornstarch-water mixture. Whisk to incorporate and continue stirring occasionally until the sauce thickens (about 2 minutes).
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  4. Remove from heat and taste-test. You should taste "sweet" first, followed by sour, then spicy and salty notes. If the sauce isn't sweet enough, add a little more sugar. If not spicy enough, add more chili. Adjust the flavors to your liking.
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  5. Pour sauce mixture over brussels sprouts, stir to blend.
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  6. Serve with your favorite Asian dishes.
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This meal was bold, tasty, and a perfect weeknight meal for my daughter and I.  It brought both of us together to sit around the table and enjoy a delicious meal, before tackling homework.  I really enjoy dinners together, where we can connect, at a pivotal time when most 12-year-olds want nothing to do with their parents.  Food helps us gather together.

Try out these new InnovAsian Frozen Cuisine dinners and sides, with a money-saving coupon.  Join the rewards program and earn free meals too:  http://cbi.as/32zys.  Find them at your local Walmart in the freezer section.

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How does food bring your family together?  Do you struggle with getting a great meal to the table during the week nights?  Share your thoughts below!

  • Oh I must try this with my husband he absolutely loves loves sprouts bet this would be amazing treat for him. Thanks for sharing your delicious recipe on #ShareWithMe

    • Thanks so much for stopping by! I only started to like sprouts in the last few years, so anyway I can add some flavor to them, I do. I love that I can adjust the level of spiciness to these, based on who is eating them. Enjoy!