I don’t know about you, but I’m so ready for spring to get here. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been more ready. Before the New Year we had quite a few days off due to Snowpocalypse here in the south. It was actually quite beautiful. Then the New Year hit and it felt like winter hit with a vengeance. It seems like the evening arrives much quicker, and I’m exhausted before my feet even hit the doormat at home. That’s why I’m always thinking about what I’m going to prepare for dinner during the day. When it comes to meal time, I’m always trying to think of quick and easy recipes to make, especially after a long day. I have to share with you guys this awesome cooking hack that you MUST incorporate into your meal time!
It’s called, Pop & Cook!
OhhhhEmmmGeee! Total game changer here! Pop & Cook are convenient little cubes part of an herb tray. And you guyyyys! You know I love to cook, but sometimes I run out of ingredients. Case in point, I purchased some items to prepare dinner and my sweet HB decided that he wanted to use them and not tell me. He basically left me without some of the ingredients that I needed. That’s what happens when you both are on challenges. I’m doing 21 Days Vegetarian and he is doing 21 Days Vegan/Plant-Based foods.
Gimme All the Herbs! Thank goodness I remembered that I had my Pop & Cook trays in the freezer! Whoot Whoot! Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love fresh herbs, but what I love about Pop & Cook is that they pull their products from the fields, process and flash freeze them into these convenient little trays. Guess what else…all of this is done within 90 minutes of harvest!
That’s right! These herbs are still “fresher than fresh!” *Yoncé (Beyoncé) voice*
There are currently 5 Pop & Cook options available: Crushed Garlic, Chopped Cilantro, Crushed Ginger, Chopped Basil, and Sauteed Glazed Onions. What’s also awesome about them is that they have a two-year shelf life so you can have fresh herbs all year-round!
You can use Pop & Cook to prepare so many dishes like pasta, soup, smoothies, and like me…your favorite stir-fry! I made a Vegan Stir-Fry Slaw that was absolutely delicious! The Pop & Cook cubes made it super easy to prepare. I just popped my herbs out of the tray and BAM! Just like that…Dinner. Was. Served! You really can’t go wrong with Pop & Cook. It is one of the most brilliant ideas ever!
Added a few Pop & Cook Ginger cubes to my stir-fry mixture.
Check out this awesome vegan stir-fry recipe that you will absolutely love! I made one similar years ago, but I love this one so much because it’s all plant-based and vegan/vegetarian-friendly. Perfect for my Reducetarians that want to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diet!
VEGAN STIR-FRY SLAW
- 10 to 12 oz of plant-based protein crumbles
- 14 oz bag coleslaw mix (green/red cabbage + carrot mixture)
- 1/2 cup of shredded carrots
- 2 cups of broccoli
- 1/2 of a white or red onion, shredded
- 10 green onions, sliced (save some for garnishing)
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 2 to 3 cubes of Pop & Cook ginger (or 1 to 2 tbsps of thinly sliced ginger)
- 1 cube of Pop & Cook garlic (or 1 clove of minced garlic)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp raw (vegan) agave, honey, cane sugar, optional
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds, optional
- 1/4 cup liquid aminos (natural sodium)*
- 1 tsp vinegar
- A few shakes of Mis’ Rubin’s White Magic seasoning (or salt and pepper to taste)
- 2 tbsps sriracha (add more for garnishing)
- Brown plant-based crumbles in skillet, add salt and pepper (you won’t need much, you’ll add sodium later), set aside.
- In a wok or a large pot, saute slaw mix, garlic, broccoli, green onions, onions, carrots, Pop & Cook ginger, and Pop & Cook garlic powder for about 6 to 8 minutes over medium heat or until cabbage is softened but still slightly crisp.
- Add liquid aminos, sesame oil, cooked plant-based crumbles, sesame seeds, sriracha, vinegar, raw (vegan) cane sugar (or sweetener of choice) and mix well.
- Heat through for an additional minute or two and then serve. If desired, garnish with extra sriracha and sesame seeds.
- Serve and enjoy!
*Note: liquid aminos tastes just as good as soy sauce and provides natural sodium.
You can find Pop & Cook in the freezer section at Walmart!
Have you ever used Pop & Cook? If you haven’t, would you be open to trying it? I think you would!