Satisfy your craving for tender, sweet Asian-inspired comfort food with this Healthy Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken. Served alongside a bag of Eat Smart’s Ginger Bok Choy Salad, it’s a nutritious, family-friendly dinner that is bursting with flavor and is ready when you need it!
Is your body looking for a bit of a detox from all of those delicious holiday cookies you’ve been baking and eating recently? Oh wait…that’s me!
Listen up when I tell you that you HAVE to try these new Eat Smart Gourmet Salad and Stir Fry Kits! If you make one healthy change to your diet all season, this should be it. I promise, you will NOT be disappointed! They are unlike any other bagged produce I have ever tried, and they make healthy meal prep so much easier.
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Since I have a busy schedule of working and caring for three young boys, I am always looking for ways to prepare healthy and fast family-friendly meals. I need simple solutions for the weeknight rush, and they have to appeal to hungry appetites of all ages!
I was like a kid in a candy shop when I received 5 varieties of these Eat Smart kits to try. My mind was bursting with meal ideas! So where did I start? Well, I know that Asian dishes are always a big hit in my house. And of course I love my slow cooker. So, a Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki was born, and it was the perfect protein alongside Eat Smart’s amazing Ginger Bok Choy Vegetable Salad Kit.
I don’t think that my descriptions can quite do this justice, but I’ll go ahead and try. The flavors are just PERFECT in all of these mixes — the produce is crisp (absolutely NO wilted, slimy lettuce!), the included sauces are full of unique flavor blends and taste 100% homemade, and the additional toppings are all packed separately so that they maintain their freshness as well. They are far better than any similar packaged product that I have ever purchased.
I served my Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki over rice, alongside the Ginger Bok Choy Salad. The salad kit offers six superfoods including sugar snap peas, carrots, Napa cabbage, broccoli, bok choy and red cabbage, all complemented with peanuts and a ginger sesame dressing. It’s the easiest possible way to get my family to eat their greens!
I also love the Wild Greens & Quinoa Salad Kit, which comes with a creamy avocado dressing and is the perfect addition to one of my family’s other favorite fast and easy weeknight meals: chicken quesadillas!
BUT, if you crave warm, cooked veggies at this time of year, the Eat Smart Stir Fry Kits are another great option (and many of them would also pair perfectly with my slow cooker Teriyaki Chicken!). The kits are made with delicious and sophisticated combinations of ingredients like kale, green cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, chicory, and/or quinoa and toppings like roasted pumpkin seeds, almonds or dried cranberries. It’s like getting a fancy salad or meal at a restaurant, but you don’t have to leave your house! My favorite stir fry kit is the Shanghai Blend, which comes with a sweet and salty hoisin sauce and five crunch-tastic (I just made up that word!) superfoods including Brussels sprouts, bok choy, kale, snow peas and carrots.
So, now that I have spent multiple paragraphs raving about these veggies, you’re probably wondering where you can pick them up for your own family. Trust me, you will save your sanity this season by taking a few short-cuts, and you waistline will thank you!
Eat Smart Gourmet Salad and Stir Fry Kits are available at a variety of retailers, including A&P, Pathmark, Super Fresh, Giant, Stop N Shop, Martin’s Food Markets, The Fresh Market, Shoppers, Giant Eagle, Costco and Big Y. For more information (including a grocery store locator and quick and healthy recipe ideas) visit this site.
Happy, healthy holidays!
Healthy Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken with Ginger Bok Choy Salad
Yield 6 -8
- 2 – 2 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thighs, or a combination of the two
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup fresh orange juice
- ¼ cup lower-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon grated, peeled fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ cup cold water
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 sliced green onions, for serving
- Sesame seeds, for serving
- Place chicken in slow cooker.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together maple syrup, orange juice, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger, sesame oil, and garlic. Pour sauce over the chicken.
- Cover and cook on low setting for 4-6 hours.
- Remove chicken from slow cooker and place in a large bowl. Use two forks to shred the chicken and then cover to keep the meat warm.
- In a small bowl, whisk together cold water and cornstarch.
- Pour sauce from the slow cooker through a strainer and into a saucepan. Add the cornstarch mixture. Bring sauce to a boil and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until sauce thickens.
- Pour sauce over the chicken, toss, and serve.
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